This was a fun job as again the team at the WSJ let me run with an idea I wanted to try out, of having a sharp focus to the features of this man's face which bled away to quite a blurred outline. I think it works nicely! Erik Prince is an interesting chap: "ex-Navy SEAL, ex-CIA spy, ex-CEO of private-security firm Blackwater" as described in the WSJ article, which led me to choose the almost solid black background to this piece to give it slightly sinister feel. The expression requested was confident, which was tough as none of the references I could find had him face on with that look, so I had to draw the features face on but from a couple of three-quarter shots and a tiny grab from a TV interview. Tough but rewarding!
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A belated Happy new year! Here are a couple of recent Wall Street Journal illustrations and the latest cover for The Week UK which is out today:
The Michael Gove caricature for The Week looks to have been horribly cropped in publishing which is a shame but otherwise I'm really happy with the look of it, they like bright, bold and eye-catching colours which is what I went for here, even though the trench setting isn't obviously that colourful!
I have some vague ideas for a project of my own for this year, which I'm already starting to do new work for - but it does mean I need to keep it all back until I've worked out what I'm doing and have built up enough new work. I'll try and keep posting new stuff though when I can :)