Job: Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel
Client: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
Art Director: Cherlynne Li
Originally for the cover concept, the editors wanted to show a sexy cocktail with the NYC skyline as a backdrop. After a few sketches, the decision was made to have Bethenny herself be on the cover. Celebrity photographer Joseph Cultice took the original image of Bethenny, which we then incorporated into the cover.
A few variations on the look of the water (I thought bubbles could represent champagne or a jacuzzi) and the skyline were considered before settling on a final water version with soft ripples to allow for type. Set in both Hollywood and New York City, the art director wanted to show both city sky lines with Bethenny centered between both worlds surrounded by water as a fun way to tie into the title. Everyone seems very happy with the final cover.