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Michele Melcher Illustration, Philadelphia based illustrator, artist, painter.


Illustration for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal

Michele Melcher

I was recently approached by Chicago Tribune to create a portrait of Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, for the cover of their Sunday book section called the Printers Row Journal. It's always fun to get an assignment like this. I love researching my portrait subjects and I was totally unfamiliar with him. I really studied the reference and even Googled his Wikipedia entry to try to find out more to capture "him" (something that I do a lot).

He's got a great face with an intense look; a weathered cigarette countenance of piercing eyes and a mop of silver blonde hair. I know it sounds silly but he totally looks like what my imagination pictures a writer to be. I'm really happy with the way that it turned out and am honored to have been asked to do this project. Enjoy!

Cover of Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal

Cover of Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal