Final and then some . . . .
Here's the final art for The Weekly Standard. This was a challange more than normal. I had about two days from start to finish. I was near finishing with only a few more things left to paint. His left arm and airplane as well as final touch ups on the skin and hair. My phone rings with the news that we have to change the illustration or lose it to a photo . . . arrrrrrgh! Can happen and does happen . . . comes with the job. Splash water on your face and move on. So with less then half the time left, I had to change my illustration to what you see on top. I'm a bit bummed, because I really enjoy the first version with him sitting much better and the new version was rushed!
Still, I look forward to every challenge, and I truly enjoy working for Philip at the Standard, he's a great Art Director. More importantly, he's a great guy who is pleasant to work with . . . there are some a.d.'s out there who aren't nearly as workable, or understand what it takes to create this kind of work.