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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