I guess the old newspaper saying is still true, if it bleeds, it leads. Because this is the most "blood" I've ever drawn, especially for a cover piece. I added the 27 "stab marks" in the background to add a feeling of seething emotional rage, to balance her stoic calculation. Original illustration, above.
Even so, the designers at the New Times added "a bit more blood" on the version that actually went to press. Print version below.
|sketches - Graham Smith|
Detail, Jodi Arias by Graham Smith
For the art nerds: Graphite pencil with ink wash, digital finish.