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Spectator Christmas Cover 2012

Cover art for the Spectator Australia Christmas Double Issue of 2012: Christmas Cover art for The Spectator Australia featuring Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as John Lennon and Yoko Ono (parody of the historic Bed-In for Peace campaign of 1969).  Illustration © Anton Emdin 2012.

I originally submitted five thumbnails for different covers, but the editor came up with the idea of having Gillard and Abbott in a parody of the famous John and Yoko 'Bed-in for Peace' of 1969.

Christmas Cover art for The Spectator Australia featuring Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as John Lennon and Yoko Ono (parody of the historic Bed-In for Peace campaign of 1969).  Illustration © Anton Emdin 2012.

Once the thumbnail was approved, I moved onto the rough (above, right), then the inks (below)and what I thought would be the final art. (These are all in a template based on last year's cover.)

Christmas Cover art for The Spectator Australia featuring Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as John Lennon and Yoko Ono (parody of the historic Bed-In for Peace campaign of 1969).  Illustration © Anton Emdin 2012.

But the colours didn't seem Christmassy enough, and the editor thought the background gags were confusing it. I quickly mocked up an all white, red and green version (below, left) before revising the art: removing all the background gags and adding more festive elements like presents, tinsel, and holly.

Christmas Cover art for The Spectator Australia featuring Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as John Lennon and Yoko Ono (parody of the historic Bed-In for Peace campaign of 1969).  Illustration © Anton Emdin 2012.

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