The 20th publication of American Illustration was a big deal. Over the
previous 19 years the book had become the industry’s leading source
for the best illustration in the country and they were ready to celebrate
the achievement. The book had been hugely influential for me and when
Fred Woodward called to see if I would be interested in creating an image
for the poster, I was ecstatic. This was one of those jobs I really did not
want to screw up.