The triumph of this job was learning to say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
without stumbling over the man’s name. This was a cover image for an
issue that included a number of different articles exploring the current
state of Iran and it’s president. The image needed to be neutral enough to
support a variety of opinions, but weighty enough to hold down the cover
of The New Republic’s brand new redesign. The portrait is pretty straight-
forward, but I do really like the unnatural, florescent tube-y kind of light
that I achieved in the finished painting.