May 2018 UArts Illustration Grad Creates Cover for The New Yorker Magazine
May 30, 2018
Prestigious commission almost unheard of for a new graduate
New University of the Arts alumna Loveis Wise BFA ’18 (Illustration), who graduated just three weeks ago, has accomplished a professional feat that eludes many illustrators over the entire course of their careers: she was commissioned to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
Her illustration, “Nurture,” graces the June 4 – 11 fiction edition of the publication, which also features a Q-and-A style interview with the Washington, DC-born, Philadelphia-based artist.
“For an illustrator, the cover of the New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career,”
“For an illustrator, the cover of the New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career,” said Mark Tocchet, director of the UArts School of Design. “For a recent graduate to receive such an opportunity is unheard of.”
Wise was recognized with UArts’ President’s Award at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 10. During her senior year she completed commissioned work—motion graphics, hand lettering, surface design, product design and editorial illustration— for clients as wide-ranging as The New York Times, Vice, Cartoon Network, Buzzfeed, Penguin/Random House books, and Planned Parenthood.
She also recently completed a large-scale mural for The March of Dimes in Washington, DC. In addition, her work was selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 Student Award Competitions at The Society of Illustrators, the leading organization for professional illustrators.
In her interview in The New Yorker, Wise says that early on, her creative expression took many forms, but then came together as a focus on illustration.
“Early on in school, I was doing gouache, oil paintings, graphite, woodcuts,” she says. “I just dabbled in everything, until I saw that what I was doing was illustration. I would always do things with line, and then I realized my line wasn’t that great, so then I decided to play around with shape. I’m still figuring out what my voice is, and how to personalize it a bit more. As artists, I think we can be afraid of putting all of ourselves into the work.”