I don't often get the opportunity to do 'portrait' type illustrations, but when I do , I relish the challenges they pose. IDD wanted a cover featuring this bloke Lewis Ranieri , a former Wall St. big wig . They wanted to keep the cover image graphic and bold . Not too many textures.
Here's the two rough stages the piece went through. The first had the right right visual tone , but wasn't a dramatic enough angle. Hence the rotated pose and stronger shadow.
The final. A fun gig.