• 11.19.13

    Eminem by Stan Chow in The New Yorker

    This week's New Yorker contains a portrait of Eminem by Stan Chow, next to pop-music critic Sasha Frere-Jones's piece "Shady and the Lady." The illustrator was asked to use his signature head-and-shoulders composition and to "have a look at the 'Berzerk' video ... the art directors said, 'We want a boom box behind him like that!' " he noted.  

    Working on a tight deadline, Chow submitted his initial and only attempt, and The New Yorker team was ecstatic. "It has to be said this is a rarity," he remarked. "It's not often that [magazines] are pleased with the first try." Asked if Eminem reached out to Chow regarding the image (as David Copperfield did), the artist responded: "I'd be amazed if Marshall Mathers contacted me to tell me he liked [it], though I think it's one of my favorite illustrations I've done."

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