Monday, June 14, 2010

Snakepit Obama - The Weekly Standard



I was called last Wednesday night by The Weekly Standard to do this piece for them. I had to go out of town for the Weekend, leaving only Thursday to both start and finish this little illustration for them. I loved the idea of drawing the snakes, animals are always so much fun to draw. But I knew there was no way I could paint this in one day, so I had to create a new style of sorts, which I rather like and really enjoyed working on. I decided to really simplify Obama's features turning him into more of a cartoon character. I'm a big fan of Disney's Jungle Book, and I also love the sketchy look of Aristocats and 101 Dalmations. So those films as well as the work of one of my favorite artists, Peter de Seve influenced my style and technique with this piece.

Now, to be clear, I didn't watch the Jungle Book, or the other two films, or reference any of Peter de Seve's work for this job. Instead, I thought about what I really like about their work, and then fed off that inspiration. I only had about 7 hours or so to finish this piece so I had to work fast.


I know that this is something so very different from my "normal" look and style, but sometimes I find myself under certain deadlines that require me to come up with different ways of doing things.

I had quite a bit of fun doing this one and learned a lot as well.





Quick head studies, trying to come up with the look and idea of this piece.





For this piece I wasn't trying to just "caricature" Obama, but instead cartoon him and come up with yet another way to draw him. I enjoy pushing myself and discovering new ways of drawing the same person.





The a.d. wanted a specific type of expression for this piece, and I couldn't find any reference of Obama with the expression that we needed. So, I took pictures of myself making the expression I thought would work and then made up Obama's face while looking at my own.

11 Comments:

Blogger Tony Montaño said...

Wonderful illustration. The colors and line work a nice touch.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Niall O loughlin said...

I love everything about this one Jason. It also shows how diverse you can be.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Toby_K said...

Awesome work Jason and your book is awesome, Thanks for signing:)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Juan Correa said...

its really cool seeing how much can you adapt to a diffferent style.. altough the reference seems more like the snake from kung fu panda by the designs of nico marle

10:42 AM  
Blogger Wouter Tulp said...

Awesome!! Nice to see a different approach!

1:35 PM  
Blogger WaLdo MaTus: said...

Jason:
I really believe that the transformation you show this time let us know that you are a really profesional artist. We know it anyway but you demonstrate it again and again, and this is not an exception. Is wonderful to see this kind of pieces because you dont need a lot of painting to show great qualities.

Congratulations!

1:55 PM  
Blogger LarsER Arts said...

I know you have a certain style in your work, and did you client know that you where going in a different direction? This is great sketchy style and technique and I can tell it was fun for you!

6:19 PM  
Blogger Luke Watson said...

very schmick indeed. It's got a real charcter this one.

8:41 PM  
Blogger ideo said...

huhuhu ! Excellent, great work !

8:49 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Great stuff, Jason! Reminds me of the tight deadlines of the newspaper business where one-day illos are the norm!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Dylan said...

the snake on the right looks just like you lol!

10:37 AM  

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