This is the last cover art for MusicaNova, and for the December issue we have chosen “Fir Tree” by Sibelius. In Scandinavia, the fir tree is a symbol of eternal life. The reason for this is that the fir tree is considered to be a place where souls come and go and where life and death intersect. Coincidentally, the cover of the January issue, on which I began working for Musica Nova, features an Amarantine, which means “eternal flower”. I was deeply moved by how fateful it turned out to be, starting with “eternity” and ending with “forever”.
The November issue of Musica Nova is now available. The image music for this issue is for Elise, composed by Beethoven. The identity of Elise is still unidentified, and the song is full of mystery, but if you know even a little bit of its background, the sadness of this song is doubled. Where is Elise for me now and what is she doing? LOL!
Today, September 20, the October issue of Musica Nova is on sale. The image in this issue is one of a collection of Spanish dances called Andaluza by Granados. It is said to be the most famous one. Actually, this piece was originally selected as the August image, but we could not produce it because we could not come up with the right image. However, while working on the cover art for the August issue, the image suddenly came to me and I started sketching it at the same time. I started sketching at the same time. I used colors I normally don’t use, and watched many videos of the famous dancer Sara Balas to clarify the image. Her words stuck with me: “I can’t stand people who don’t work hard. I doubt very much if I was able to express her image to any extent, but I did the best I could.
I have been assigned to do the cover art for the quarterly magazine of Hamamatsu Arts & Creation, Hamamatsu Foundation for Cultural Promotion. The theme of this year’s cover is “Progress”. Unusually for me, it has a Japanese taste. Please have a look at the website of Hamamatsu Arts & Creation, which introduces the concept of this image.
The Hamamatsu Art Association exhibition ended yesterday (7/10). We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who visited the exhibition and cared about it. This year’s exhibition was open to the general public, and at the recommendation of my former teacher, I entered an entry, which thankfully received an award. The general public was invited to submit more than 120 works, and the winners were decided by voting by the members of the association. I submitted the original artwork for the cover of the June issue of Musica Nova, and it seems that it was well received. I was really relieved.
The July issue of Musica Nova is out! The image for this issue is a cuckoo waltz by Jonasson. Actually, the work for this month’s issue was originally a different one, but there were some parts that I just didn’t like and I wasn’t satisfied with it, so I had to remake it. Glad I got it done in time anyway! LOL!
The June issue of Musica Nova is now available. This issue took a lot of production time.
I’m already working on the next issue, but it is already delayed and I’m getting impatient.
This time, I’ll take you behind the scenes for a look. The draft always looks like this.
It looks like a potato or broccoli. LOL!