• 5.30.14

    CNBC's Rebels, Icons, and Leaders Drawn by Benjamin Wachenje

    Benjamin Wachenje provided the portraits for CNBC's First 25, a roundup of the rebels, icons, and leaders who have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live.

    "The brief was quite tight and straightforward – a lifelike representation of each person was required," Wachenje noted. He spent two days researching imagery and source material, and started by tackling the more difficult portraits. "The process I use to create illustrations today was developed before I owned a computer: I used to get lots of sheets of different colored paper and cut out shapes, placing them into position on a black sheet to make representations of people." Upon purchasing his first Mac in the late nineties, "I was able to put down the scalpel and quickly figured out a way to create a similar effect using Photoshop," the artist remarked. "Every single line of every illustration that I do is drawn with the lasso tool in Photoshop. In the beginning, this was very time consuming; however, after a while I got faster and more efficient in my approach."

    Wachenje called it an honor to be a part of the story and CNBC's 25-year celebrations: "I'm glad to see the late Steve Jobs top the list. While at college I was taught on Apple LC II computers, my first personal computer was a Power Mac Performa 5400, and I still have a second generation iMac that is alive and well ... and what can you say about the impact of the iPod that hasn't already been said?"

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