Rihanna Vogue Cover

Rihanna Vogue Magazine Cover

The Challenge: Create a magazine cover entirely from scratch

Rihanna is one of my favorite music artists. Her Barbadian roots have a heavy influence in her music and I wanted to incorporate that into a magazine cover. Everything here is hand drawn using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Firstly, I found a picture of Rihanna that I vibed with.


I love her styling here with the leather shirt, gold chain necklace, black hat, tousled curls, and bold red lip.

In Illustrator I outlined the features of her face using the photograph. Next, I made numerous layers mimicking her skin tone and make up and blended them to create natural gradients. This was the most painstaking, but crucial process to achieving smooth, multi-dimensional skin. I created custom paint brushes in Photoshop to draw her eyelashes and eyebrows.

 The red, white, and black Vogue text colors and island background tie in with her outfit and the summer theme.