Started this piece for the Weekly Standard on thursday morning, finished Friday night. I used the extra time I had on this to really explore the options, with tighter deadlines there isn't always that luxury. In a way having more time is a good thing, but it can also mean you end up seeing too many options! I went through several ideas, including drawing the desk from a high angle to fit the whole desk in, drawing Obama face-on, drawing him looking depressed...I must have spent half a day sketching and trawling through reference photos, until I came upon one that I liked. I also found that everything started to fit together when I began simplifying, only focusing on the main elements of the piece: Obama, the oval office, and the sign on the desk.