Dale Stephanos
This portrait of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was for a story on how Bloomie has  shaken up NYC schools. When I first talked to the art director about the job, it was suggested that I depict "crowds of people running away in terror". In a panic, I blurted out "Red tape! Red tape"! They went for that instead and for the first time in a few months I got to do a job that involved just one face.

I'm usually more comfortable throwing tomatoes than spreading rosepetals, but not being 100% sure of the issues surrounding this situation, I was happy to try to make a good looking picture.
I could spend weeks just working on the flesh. I'm always a little disappointed when I know I've done enough and it's time to move on.

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