I was asked to create a portrait of Aretha Franklin for the Xerox Rochester NY International Jazz Festival. The festival, now in its tenth year, has grown into one of the biggest and most respected jazz festivals in the U.S.A. I created a design in an artistic style which taps into the classic look of the jazz genre and conveys Aretha's longevity and sophistication. The illustration is for a book which Xerox, the sponsors, will give away at the event as part of a competition. Festival-goers will be invited to complete the book by collecting printed materials from around the event for a chance to win a prize. The artwork will also be used in brochures and posters around the festival.