This illustration is for a romantic time travel story titled "Time Considered as Thermite Burns in No Particular Order" on tor.com.
Everything about this project was like a dream-
I got the job e-mail around mid-night; The time machine in the story is disguised as arose-bush; The heroine is a read head...
Most importantly, it's a job for art director Irene Gallo.
I have always had much respect for Irene as she's someone who truly loves illustration and passionate about her job. Thanks to SooJin, I was introduced to Irene back at the 2010 Society of Illustrators NY Student Scholarship show. Very much to my surprise, she had me filed in her mind and thought of me when this job came up 1 year later.
Irene is very generous with her advices and help, be sure to say hi to her if you see her around at the society or AI party next time!