Most of the illustrations in the bookazine previously appeared in two special issues of the magazine called "The Immortals," that were published in 2004 and 2005, and were art directed by then-Rolling Stone AD Amid Capeci. The book features famous pop and rock stars writing about their favorite performers (Jackson Brown on Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello on The Beatles, etc.)
The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time features a murderer's row of illustrators, including Daniel Adel, Dan Brown, Marc Burckhardt, Christian Clayton, Paul Davis, Rob Day, Gerard Dubois, Nathan Fox, Olaf Hajek, Jody Hewgill, Anita Kunz, Tim O'Brien, Roberto Parada, Owen Smith, Dale Stephanos, Mark Summers, Andrea Ventura, Marco Ventura, and many more. This is a one-stop catalog of fine portrait illustration; one of the best resources of its type.
Current Rolling Stone art director Joseph Hutchinson explains how the project came together: "The editors updated the list of artists and we commissioned eight new illustrations that we added to the ones from The Immortals issues. We made the decision to go back to the illustrators that Amid had used before, so there was a continuity through the whole book. The only exception is Nathan Fox, who didn't have a piece in the original issues."
Above and on the next page are seven of the new illustrations commissioned for The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Art director: Joseph Hutchinson, deputy art director: Steven Charny.
Above: Jay-Z, by Owen Smith.