Cover of Rolling Stone
MARCH 6, 2008
Several weeks ago I was commissioned to paint Barack Obama for Rolling Stone. Under a tight deadline, I offered a version that was a warm and sturdy view of this new political force. In the weeks that followed, Obama has surged and gained a delegate lead that may not be overcome. As we all know, he is in a real dogfight with Hillary Clinton. I was called last week to take another look at my portrait and see if I could alter it for a possible cover. After many versions where I changed the key, adjusted the hue of the figure, and finally fixed his collar, I got a green light. After the Ohio and Texas primaries, I assumed it was going by the wayside. Rolling Stone stood by their choice, and for the first time in it's history,
My first cover of Rolling Stone
Forgot to add some details. The hard part about shifting a color palette in a painting is that it's not just a matter of using a slider. Change the sky, Obama turns green. Everything needs to be reconsidered and in the end it is so different. Still, a computer makes these changes so fun.
The AD caught a goof I TOTALLY missed. In my world, a wobbly line is a mistake. In this instance, under a fast deadline, I saw the break in the collar seam and painted that in. The place I connected it was to the wrong corner of the 'V' in his collar. It then appeared to oddly cut into his neck. I wonder how many more mistakes I make...perhaps it's my personal 'Nina'.
Edel, Drawger's media advisor, alerted me of The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert showing the cover last night on his show. Colbert felt they (me) forgot to put on angel wings. Funny I thought.
Stephen Colbert indicating where the wings should be.
This is for the Stephens: Kroninger and Colbert.