Obama for The Weekly Standard!
Here's the final Obama painting that I worked on Thursday and Friday. My first piece done with my new Cintiq, which is soooo awesome, I'm not sure how I managed as long as I have without a Cintiq? This was a quick painting, done in about a day and a half. The trick is to make it look as though I spent more time on it then I did, but a "rushed look" is not what I want people to see in my work.
So with that, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I usually paint much larger than the size the art will print . . . this time, I painted only an inch and a half larger than print size. I do not recommend this, and it was not my intention . . . I had already painted for a few hours when I realized the size in which I was painting. This piece is a full page illustration, from top to bottom of the page, so normally I should have painted it at least 4 or 5 inches larger . . . . it turned out fine, but when it came to smaller areas like the hands, eyes and feet, I couldn't really get in there and detail the way that I want to.
I painted this first with no background behind it, last minute I was asked if I could throw a background behind him for text and so forth . . . I'm not sure which one they went with?