Heeeeeeeeeeere’s Ronnie

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Art direction: Kim Maxwell Vu

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A true rarity for me–a portrait assignment(!) of Ronald Reagan(!)–for the Washington Post’s Style section above. This ran on the front of the section in conjunction with reviews of three separate documentaries being broadcast about Reagan on 100th anniversary of his birth.

There were two distinct added bonuses that came along with this assignment:

1. Despite it ultimately amounting to a killed sketch, this nevertheless did present me with a chance to take another crack at a straight, no-frills pencil drawing. Having vowed as recently as New Year’s Day to do a little more of that kind of thing this year, it seemed wrong to not indulge the opportunity. So there you go:

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2. I do love a chance to wedge the illustration into and around the copy whenever it can be done and Kim Vu was a game co-conspirator.

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Comments

  1. February 7th, 2011 | 11:54 am

    excellent. Love the coloring. Hey, at least the drawings resemble the old man. Portraits are hard unless you just do it everyday over and over. Good stab. Great final piece of design. I love the versions where you’re deconstructing old ron. God damn—100 years… the time.