Legendary British illustrator Ralph Steadman’s most recognizable works are his collaborations with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, including the novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and several Rolling Stone covers, though he’s recently expanded his art into the world of hip-hop.
The artist spoke to Rolling Stone about designing the cover art for “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho,” the debut album from Quavo and Travis Scott’s collaborative effort as Huncho Jack.
“I listened to their music, realized the energy in their performances and translated that performance visually,” Steadman told the magazine.
While the rappers enjoyed the finished product, a heavily stylized drawing of Quavo and Scott in front of a desert background, the illustrator admitted he had never heard of either of them before taking the project under his wing.
“They came out of nowhere to me,” he said. “The rapper culture wasn’t familiar to me… I just really thought (Quavo and Scott) were quite funny. I wondered what I could do with them or how I could draw them. And I just did it in the best way I could.”
He says, however, that Quavo and Scott were fans of his work when they reached out to him. “They sent me sort of photocopies of lots of my pictures,” Steadman said. “I sensed that they had picked up on my drawings with Hunter Thompson. I also sensed that they wanted portraits in the gonzo manner. They liked cactus plants, bats as well, and parallel lines, like the desert scenes from the Las Vegas drawings.” “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho” dropped on Dec. 21 and features appearances from Quavo’s fellow Migos members Takeoff and Offset.
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