In 1948, while studying at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), Warhol served as art editor for the student newspaper ‘Cano’. His work of this time shows the earliest examples of his blotted-line technique which helped bring him success as a commercial artist in New York. This illustration is perhaps a study for the cover of the November issue of the magazine, as the design that was published resembles aspects of this illustration. Both are based on imagery referring to the meaning of the word ‘Cano’ (Latin for ‘I sing’ or ‘make music’) executed in red and black inks. Here the central figure on the swing appears to be singing and in the published design Warhol depicts a group of musicians all playing violins.