(Above): April 22, 2010. Illustration and design by Chris Skiles.
(Left): December 24, 2009. Photo illustration by Chris Skiles. (Right): November 5, 2009. Photograph by Federico Novaro.
Chris Skiles: Normally for each cover I have about a day or two to figure out what I'm going to do and execute. I usually can pull off my covers without using any budget, so I try to save up those unused budgets to hire illustrators from time to time. But even then, it's a bit of begging and bartering to make it happen.
(Left): April 29, 2010. Illustration by Tzu-Lan Hsieh (from a stock illustration site). (Right): April 15, 2010.
Chris Skiles: I usually will start my cover design by searching stock photography and illustration websites to see what sort of imagery I can find for the idea I have in my head. Depending on what's available I will either make the call to use some stock and modify or merge it, or completely scrap it and illustrate from scratch myself.
(Left): January 14, 2010. Design and art by Chris Skiles. (Right): January 21, 2010. Design and art by Chris Skiles.
April 1, 2010. This was a double cover. The image on the left was the outer cover; the April Fools! cover was on the turn page.
(Left): October 29, 2009. Illustration by Len Peralta. (Right): March 4, 2010. Photograph by Sean Michael Hower.
The scary illustration is of the mayor of Maui. This was MauiTime's Halloween issue.
Chris Skiles's website, for more MauiTime covers and inside pages, and background on how they were put together.