Spotlight: Jess Rotter


Our new feature Spotlight focusses on Creative Commission members with stories to tell. Next up, we hear from LA-based illustrator Jess Rotter, who is best known for her work in album artwork, music merch, books, television, and social media content. Jess has worked with huge artists such as Joni Mitchell, Questlove, Warren Zevon, The National, Grateful Dead, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Harry Nilsson, and many more. Over to you, Jess...

I love my job because I get to scribble heroes that saved my life with their music as a career and that has always been fulfilling. For instance, last year, I was commissioned to draw an official portrait of Joni Mitchell to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her record, Ladies of The Canyon, which was a personal dream to work on. I was so excited to release the album cover artwork for Warren Zevon's Greatest Hits (According to Judd Apatow) on Record Store Day. It was a really fun project to work on and everyone involved was amazing.

This year has been a true rollercoaster, especially affecting the very industries I work with and love. When feeling pushed to the ground, I tried to take time looking back on things that inspired or influenced work from the past and it felt like a boost of energy.

I am inspired creatively by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of RodarteDarryl NorsenThunderwing Studio and Mike Sportes.

Sometimes you need to remember why you are at this point in life and what gave you all that positive drive in the first place. It's been a nostalgic ride for sure.