This is an illustration I created for the cover of a shopping guide to Germany published by Global Blue. It was commissioned for their Autumn/Winter 2012/13 edition of SHOP magazine Germany. SHOP is primarily a city guide but also a luxury fashion magazine, the issues are by city or country (SHOP Oslo, SHOP Germany etc.). All of the covers are illustrated, based on a feature from the inside of the magazine. Global Blue works closely with design studio Design by St on these. You can see some of the Spring/Summer editions here.
The editor wanted an illustration based on a feature about German hats past and present - "we are looking for something elegant, striking and a bit abstract not focusing on a specific brand necessarily, and can be very extravagant".
Scroll down for some sketches and a reference image:
ORIGINAL IMAGE (before cropping):
THE ACTUAL HARD COPY (and me in the contributors section):