Monday, February 09, 2009

Abraham Lincoln x 2


Here's an illustration of Abraham Lincoln I did for this week's New York Times Book Review (AD: Nicholas Blechman). I actually enjoyed this assignment so much that I did 2 different drawings of Abe for the art director to choose from. They ran the more iconic "bearded Abe" above, but you can also see the younger, "clean and fresh" Lincoln below.

One thing I learned drawing these: Abraham Lincoln had great hair.

16 comments:

Brian Churilla said...

See, even during the most dire national economic crisis, we even outsource presidential portraiture. Oh, the irony. Awesome illustrations, Mr. Michael. Love the orange/blue palette. Exceptional line work as well.

Dan C said...

Nice job, Mike! First a King, now a President...

Great portraits. The previous portrait of Jack Kirby was amazing, and I have to say, Abe never looked so cool! (Nice hair, too)

Can't wait to see more of these!

Jason Chalker said...

These are awesome. I really like the colors you used. Fantastic as always!

Michael Cho said...

Brian: guilty. Strangely, I had similar thoughts when I got the assignment -- weird for a Canadian to be doing a portrait of the greatest president ever.

Dan: thanks, Dan. I know how much you dig Kirby

Jason: thanks, buddy. The colours were actually chosen by the AD who gave me the specs. Hope you been keeping well & busy!

Rich Faber said...

Wow, Michael, these two portraits are just gorgeous! Congrats on such a choice gig!

I don't care if you are Canadian. This is a case where I'm ok with the outsourcing. ;-)

Best,
Rich

Per H said...

Awesome!

Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Awesome portrait! All the Lincoln portraits were posted on drawger.com and I had to check out your stuff. Excellent!

Rob Davis said...

I'm really impressed with way you approach these pictures, Michael. Be nice to see examples of how you arrive at this pristine image.

I love the way you lose the key line in places and yet retain a comic style. makes for a very bold graphic image without losing warmth and character. Good stuff.

Paul Hoppe said...

Dear Michael,
your blog is really really inspiring, I'm very glad I found it through drawn.ca

Masterful inking and beautiful coloring, I'll be checking in regularly from now on!

Michael Cho said...

Thanks for the nice words on the drawings, folks. They were very fun to draw and very painless from rough to final.

Rob Davis: I've posted several examples throughout my blog showing my process from roughs to final. I'm usually a pretty clean guy when it comes to inking, and this job needed no 'clean-up' or whiteout if that's what you're asking.

Owen said...

Great work! Really dig both of these.

dribbs said...

cracking images. And the clean, neat style is fantastic

david said...

Both are fantastic, I like most the younger version, something about the seriousness of the eyes, where the older version looks tired, so cool you capture that.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, folks. I appreciate it.

barbie desoto said...

I love this post.

Thanks for putting up your color roughs and skeches. For those of us aspiring, it's great to see. (I know you didn't on this one, but in general.)

Great work!

Anonymous said...

Michael, may I print your Abraham Lincoln work?
I bought a Lincoln coin from the US mint and would love to have printouts of your work to accompany it. They're so nice!
Are you doing any illustrations for the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America? The mint has a Boy Scout coin that came out this year as well and I think your style would really lend itself nicely to that subject matter.