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The many ways of seeing Prince

April 22, 2016 at 6:30 AM

With the news of a beloved celebrity's death comes the challenge of putting together a newspaper cover worthy of the star. To choose the cover image, we sift through the best portraits from the person's life. Sometimes, we peruse past illustrations. While The Post's Friday Style cover features a photo of Prince, we wanted to share some of the lovely illustrations we came across.

1. By Alex Fine.

2. By Nicolas Obery.

3. By Craig and Karl.

4. By Hey Studio.

5. By Allison Kunath.

6. By Jason Mecier.

7. By Stanley Chow.

8. By Yoni Alter.

9. By Diego Cusano.

10. By Monge Quentin.

11. One more, with a little backstory: In 2004, Prince's tour brought him to Hartford, Conn. The Hartford Courant commissioned Pablo Lobato to do a portrait of the musician for their calendar section.

The day after the portrait ran, Prince's management team called the paper to compliment the work. Prince's team then contacted Anna Goodson Illustration Agency, based out of Quebec, who represents Pablo.

Prince loved the artwork and later commissioned Pablo to do a new portrait of him. He used the artwork for his show last week in Atlanta.

By Pablo/agoodson.com.


Amy King is editor in chief and creative director of The Lily. King proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of The Lily. She started at The Washington Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section and went on to help launch The Post’s national apps and Snapchat Discover channel.

Suzette Moyer is a design editor at The Washington Post.

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