Taschen's Illustration Now/98lb Obama
Taschen's Illustration Now has just been released. Congratulations to Kako, Robin Eley, Kyung Soon Park, Brian Hubble, Jason Seiler and Koren Shadmi of Levy Creative Management for being featured in the book. Check it out here.
This is another quick turnaound for The Weekly Standard. My 31rst painting for them. Started Thursday and was due Friday afternoon. I decided to have fun and try something a bit different style-wise.
Everytime I draw Obama I try to do something different, it's fun to see the different ways he can be drawn. And under such short deadlines, there's not much time to plan or develop, you just have to get the work done and do the best possible job that you can in the time given.
I enjoy working with The Weekly Standard because the jobs are always challenging. My deadlines are fairly insane. It's typical for me to get a phone call Thursday night, and the final art is due the next day, Friday afternoon. The jobs first start with me finding references for expression and so forth, then I take photo references and set up lighting for additional reference. I do a few sketches, wait for approval, when I have that, I begin painting. With this piece I wanted to try something different from my usual style and look. I liked the idea of an outline encasing the painted forms, the contrast with the background has a nice effect.
Detail of head.