Obama Portrait Project


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Randy Glass / Illustrator / Los Angeles, California

Randy began freelancing as an illustrator in the mid-1980s, quickly establishing a strong reputation for highly detailed representational drawing and painting. Although adept at working in color, he gravitated toward and has always preferred a simple black and white palette. He is a master of the graphic technique known as stipple — the process of marking a surface with numerous small dots to create an image. It’s a style favored by print media, where paper quality can adversely affect the reproduction of an image, and by its very nature, it’s ideal for Web usage.

Perhaps best known commercially as a portrait artist, Randy has an exceptional aptitude for capturing his subject’s character and essence with carefully nuanced precision. This, combined with his stippling expertise, made him a perfect match for the Wall Street Journal’s iconic portraits known as “hedcuts”; he’s created several hundred of them since 1998.

Aimilios Galipis / Digital Artist / Thessaloniki, Greece
Aimilios Galipis was born in Australia in 1990 and lives in Edessa, where he comes from. He studied Graphic Design at the AKTO College and is carrying on his studies at the Middlesex University. He has taken part in exhibitions as well as contests where he has won significant international distinctions. At the moment he works as a freelancer experimenting with graphics and different techniques.
Joe Ciardiello / Illustrator / Milford, New Jersey
Over his 38 year career Joe has created illustrations for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for corporate and advertising clients, book publishers and record companies. Some clients include: American Express, Barnes & Noble.com, Capitol Records, ESPN, The New Yorker, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone and Time. His portraits of authors have appeared frequently in the New York Times Book Review. Awards include four medals from the Society of Illustrators.
Weef / Illustrator and Newspaper Designer / London, England

Born in Leeds in 1956, a stones throw from Armley Prison. Educated a tunnels dig away at Castleton Primary School. Caught and re-sentenced to five years hard labour at Gotts Park Secondary School. Here he was beaten, de-bagged and beaten again mostly by the teachers. Cast in the factory fodder mode he escaped with the help of Mr. Guy the perfect art teacher who smuggled him into Jacob Kramer Art College. Life began.

After a year at Leeds University his drawings were sneaking into the Edinburgh Evening News and the Times Educational Supplement. For five years he trawled the galleries of Edinburgh as the Evening News's Art Critic.

Now back in his Clapham apartment. He was employed as a designer on The Times for seven years and has just taken redundancy, so he can spend more time painting, drawing and panicking.

Weef completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking.

Peter Pearson / Geologist / Seattle, Washinton

Peter Pearson does not consider himself to be an artist. He draws a different picture on his daughter's lunch bag every morning that he sends her to school using either a black or blue Sharpie pen. He embraces the ephemeral nature of this medium and hopes that his early morning efforts will inspire his daughter not to be intimidated by art but to smile about it.

Marion Bolognesi ©2012
Marion Bolognesi / Artist / Brooklyn, NY
Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York City where she splits her time between accessories design and her personal passion for expressive, illustrative waterclor painting. She received a BFA with a focus in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston in 2003 and has exhibited her paintings and work around the globe.
Mioko Mochizuki / Costume Designer / Yokohama, Japan
Mioko has a BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has worked as an apparel designer for companies including Uniqlo and Gilbert & Lewis, and created costumes for NYC-based dance company SoGoNo for 10 years. She lives and works in Yokohama, Japan.
Johanna Goodman / Illustrator / Nyack, New York

Johanna Goodman is an illustrator who lives in Nyack, New York. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Johanna’s paintings, drawings and collages have been exhibited widely and her illustrations have been featured in numerous publications including A&M Records, RCA, Rolling Stone, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Time, The New York Times, Spin, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, MTV, Playboy and many more. She has garnered awards from numerous organizations including the Society of Publication Design, Communication Arts and American Illlustration.

Charis Tsevis / Visual Designer / Athens, Greece

Charis Tsevis is a visual designer living and working in Athens, Greece. He studied in Athens and Milan and manages a modest studio by the name of Tsevis Visual Design in Athens serving clients all over the world. His client list includes companies like Nike, Toyota and PepsiCo, agencies like TBWA\Chiat\Day, Saatchi & Saatchi LA and BBH Sao Paolo and media like Time, Wired and The Wall Street Journal. Charis is a part time professor at the AKTO College of Art and Design. He has received many awards worldwide and his work has been featured in many distinctive publications.

David Cowles / Illustrator / Rochester, NY, USA

David Cowles was born in Rochester, New York on November 3, 1961. His illustrations have appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Fortune, Los Angeles Magazine, Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, New York Magazine, New York Times, People, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Village Voice, and Vanity Fair among others.

Raul Arias / Ilustrador / Madrid, Spain

Empezó su andadura profesional en el mundo audiovisual como animador, fondista y dibujante de story boards y compaginó esta actividad con trabajos para editoriales y agencias de publicidad. Durante un tiempo trabajó como profesor de animación en la formación de jóvenes creativos. En 1991 comenzó su andadura como ilustrador en prensa con el cómic semanal “Bernardo y Plonk” para el diario El País y años mas tarde con el cómic Memorias de Gus. Desde entonces, y hasta hoy en día, ha seguido publicando en la prensa nacional y destaca su trabajo en el diario El Mundo, que le ha hecho merecedor de premios internacionales en la Society of Newspaper Design y en la Society of Publish Design. Realiza y produce la primera serie de animación en España con tecnología Flash Hotel de Animales. Sus ilustraciones también han aparecido en distintos medios escritos extranjeros: Reader’s Digest, New York Times, Times y Washington Post. Sus ilustraciones para las portadas de Metrópoli le han otorgado numerosos premios y reconocimiento a nivel mundial. Su carácter polifacético le ha llevado a adentrarse en el diseño industrial y en el interiorismo y actualmente compagina su trabajo de ilustrador en medios escritos y editoriales con el de creativo para soporte audiovisual (dirección artística de videos musicales, creación de cortometrajes publicitarios, etc.).

Sonja Acimovic / Lawyer / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sonja was born in Sarajevo in 1983 and moved to Amsterdam in 1994. Despite of her great interest in art she chose to study law, after which she joined one of the prestigious Dutch law firms. Drawing portraits however remained her passion, which she now tries to combine with her career.

Guy Atafo / Student / Leuven, Belgium

Guy is a student at the Provinciaal Hogeschool Limburg in Hasselt, Belgium. He was born in The Democratic Republic of the Congo and has drawn since he was little. He employs every medium but has a small preference for the pen.