Illustration projects get killed for many reasons- magazine covers often get changed at the last minute because of changes in the news cycle. That was the fate of this project. I generally don't post projects that don't wind up published, but last night's debate, and the face of Mitt Romney caused me to think back to these sketches I did for The New Republic -way back last January.
This was just before the pivotal South Carolina debate during the primaries, and had to do with Mitt's sense of (ironically) entitlement to the nomination and his frustration at having to defer his gratification because of the annoying Newt Gingrich.
One direction I tried was simply an annoyed excpession on Romney's face. It was a little hard to do in the sense that almost every news photo of him had variations on the same handful of bland expressions...I wanted to show what was going on inside.
The cover I was working on didn't run but last night, during the debate, the Romney that I wanted to show was on full view, maybe for the first time.