More presidential portraits from the Wall Street Journal collection at my studio. In this installment, I have also included a couple of illustrations that I created for other clients, in my “moonlighting” mode!
Stipple portrait of P.W. Botha, the truculent apartheid-era President of South Africa.
Remember the guy in this presidential portrait? Can you spell “potato”? (Yes, that’s V.P. Dan Quayle, the fairly invisible partner of George Herbert Walker “Poppy” Bush.)
The Russian President, Mikhail Gorbachev, who so famously pal’d around with Ronald Reagan, setting up the dissolution of the U.S.S.R.
I used to work for the Godin Stove Company, and illustrated a few of their rather unique wood stoves for newspaper ads. I think they were looking to promote a sale when they hired me to dress up Ben Franklin, and give him an update for this portrait. (Ok, he wasn’t a President, but, close enough!)
Lastly, I worked on a freelance project for a book cover:
I felt a bit guilty defacing a World War Two hero, but, the drawing came out well…
I bet you’ve never seen a portrait of President Eisenhower, complete with mohawk.
Next time, I will bring things up to date a bit in this presidential series… stay tuned!