Friday, March 21, 2008
Sen. Charles Schumer
My latest work for the Weekly Standard. I really enjoyed this, partly because it had a slightly longer deadline (two days), but mostly because the brief included a lot of story background, on a subject I was unfamiliar with. So I felt like I was learning a bit more about American politics in the process. The nutshell of the story is that NY Senator Charles Schumer has been blocking a commemoration bill for the last six-seven years since 9/11, stopping the federal government awarding the passengers and crew of Flight 93 a congressional gold medal, apparently the highest honour the congress can give to a civilian. Many bills have been attempted, but all have failed, thanks to Mr Schumer.
I did the sketch in Photoshop, which was on top of a rough sent back and forth between myself and the AD. In total the actual painting probably took around 15 hours.