These are two portraits of mine that just ran in the latest Smithsonian Magazine. The issue was about the Beatles coming to America, and their influence. It features spotlights on several musicians. I had already done a portrait of Brian Wilson as a personal piece, which the art director had seen and asked to use, and then asked for a second portrait, this one of someone I never thought I would be commissioned to draw....Pat Benatar! I had to reformat the Brian Wilson piece from the original, which had a blue background with palm trees and with Brian in a white tee shirt, to one where the background had to be white, so I took the background, and turned that into the tee shirt. Pat Benatar being Pat Benatar was a pleasure to draw just because she's so outrageous, the illustration practically drew itself.
Matt Rota is an illustrator based in New York and an instructor at institutions that include the School of Visual Art, and The Maryland Institute College of Art. His clients include The New York Times, McSweeney's, Nylon Guys, The Utne Reader, LA Weekly, Russian Esquire, He has received recognition and awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and Lurzer’s Int’l Archive.