I just shipped a fresh portrait illustration to Gallup, Inc. the polling organization. I have produced many pieces of art for this venerable institution over the last few years. I’m always glad to be hired by a client with historical significance.
An early commission of a key Gallup executive, Don Clifton, came with this reference:
I created this portrait illustration, in the WSJ hedcut style I pioneered, to my client’s satisfaction:
The next commission was of the founder, George Gallup. The photo reference was not entirely clear. Viewing this working photo, you can see where I added to the shoulders to ‘fill out’ this composition:
The resulting hedcut style, executive portrait came out like this…
Lastly, for this post, a particularly challenging assignment from my client. Here is the photo I received:
Low resolution, fuzzy photograph. I warn my clients against these. Nonetheless, I did what I could, and got a decent, if not respectable result:
My post next week will continue with this series of Wall Street Journal hedcut stipple portraits that I had the pleasure of creating for the Gallup organization. Stay Tuned!