Jason Seiler's Pope Illustration lands on the cover of TIME magazine's 2013 Person of the Year Issue

Article Index Marcin Migdal December 11,2013 Comments

Pope Francis was named 2013′s “Person of the Year” by Time magazine on Wednesday Morning Dec 11.2013 on the Today Show in America. Beating out Senator Ted Cruz, whistle blower Snowden and twerk queen Miley Cyrus.

What's more amazing for us at Mad Artist Publishing camp, is that the image of the pope on the Cover of TIME isn't a photograph, it is a digital painting by our amazing friend and a Chicago based artist Jason Seiler (www.jasonseiler.com). Jason Seiler has been painting and drawing for many years, he is an award winning painter, humorist illustrator and an instructor on www.Schoolism.com. You may find his video portfolio right here. Jason had already painted Snowden for TIME a few days earlier, but then Last Tuesday Dec 3rd, TIME requested Jason to paint The POPE. He had no idea what they would use it for, a little did he know it would become the most important painting in his portfolio. "I was blown away, I had no idea, I didn't know it was going to get such a reaction, so it's been very exciting," said Seiler during an interview with ABC Channel Local Chicago News on Dec 11th, the day of the announcement.

It took Jason a total of 70 hours to paint Pope Francis using Adobe Photoshop software and a Cintiq Tablet that's used by professional artists to paint directly on the screen with a digital pen. 

"It's the perfect combination of the time of the year, people are happy with the pope, and I'm happy with the way I captured him," said Seiler.

Everyone from Jimmy Kimmel, to thousands of people around the world now know Jason's work... and as humble as he is, he had finally reached one of his personal and professional goals. If you'd like to learn more about Jason and his work you can visit his website and if you really want to feel inspired and better your own creative genius, you may consider helping him with a new Book Project he has launched a week before TIME had even contacted him; www.TheCompleteArtistBook.com

Jason's Kickstarter project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jason-seiler/the-complete-artist-how-to-succeed-in-the-creative  is an Inspirational step by step guide book entitled THE COMPLETE ARTIST: How to succeed in the Creative Industry along. Jason and 15 + of industry colleagues, many who are renowned fine art painters , illustrators, art directors from film and video game to publishing industries share their experiences and stories of what they did to make it to the top. With Jason securing one of the most prestigous commission jobs as artist can take on, we suppose he knows what he is talking about.

Many artists strive to achieve the mecca of success Jason has managed to accomplish and this magazine cover is another proof of his creative genius. If only he were to share this genius with everyone... but wait, he is... in his new complete book.

The Complete Artist Book Testimonials

Read the what other artists are saying about Jason, his work and The Complete Artist book.

Jason' s third book, The Complete Artist : How to succeed in the creative industry will be as incredible as his artwork, even he's excited about it stating "...this will be an epic book!, even I'm excited to learn from it."

The pope illustration with many of his other and most recent covers will be inside along with step by step explanations of what it's like to work with TIME, on deadlines and more.

With a stellar lineup of renowned artist eager to give their interviews, share their secrets of success and techniques, this is one book that should be on every person's list. Just read the artist testimonials on this book in production and see for yourself here. 

Additionally some of the great artists that are offering their secrets in this book are Cesar Santos, David Jon Kassan, Grigor Eftimov, Jeremy Geddes, Sean Cheetham, Justin Coro Kaufman, Sterling Hundley, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen, Robin Eley, William Wray, Shaun Barber, Aleah Chapin, Marcin Migdal, Tyler Jacobson and art directors working on the Rolling Stone Magazine, Der Spiegel.

Even if you aren't an artist, Jason promises this book to have tips on success that will benefit many people in or out of the creative industry. You'll be inspired and motivated to pursue your goals and learn about nuiances of being a freelancer or running a business... finally a roadmap and a guide to making it big is here.  

If you are interested in learning more about this book visit www.TheCompleteArtistBook.com, watch the video trailer for the book, and throw in a pledge. 

By supporting this project can make it a reality and be part of the book itself, giving many more budding artists the help they need to make their careers a success. Becoming a backer will also mean you gain access to many additional books, receive exclusive prints from jason and a sold out video workshop. You will also have the chance to submit any questions you may have for the artists featured in the book giving you the chance to sculpt some of the books content.

Jason's Kickstarter project campaign ends on January 4th 2014 and will continue on www.Sketchoholic.com and www.MadArtistPublishing.com thereafter, so you can still get the great packages of prints, books and videos if you choose to. So take this opportunity to be part of something profoundly life changing for so many of our up and coming artists.