Stanley Chow Shows Face In Time 100
Stanley Chow has been creating portrait art since high school. Using his illustrations as a way to bring his peers together, he took pride in how happy his classmates and teachers were with his interpretations. It wasn’t until the dawn of social media that he truly felt like he found his niche. Since then, the renowned illustrator has perfected his craft and drawn portraits for some of the most well-known faces throughout history. In his latest collaboration with Time Magazine, illustrator Stanley Chow features portrait art for eleven of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
This isn’t Stanley’s first time working with Time. He most notably illustrated a feature for Mad Men, as well as an article on the similarities between the two controversial presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, while on the campaign trail in 2015. For this project, Stan was given creative freedom on most of the faces he drew. Like with all of his portrait work, he took some time to research and study different images and visuals of his subjects. They varied in occupation, falling across Time’s different categories, from government official Robert Mueller to make-up artist Pat McGrath. In this level of editorial work, Stanley prefers for the illustrations to be created in context, so the expressions and details can reflect the content in the feature.
Since these illustrations were created out of context, there was a small editing process. The illustrator received specific notes for Emilia Clarke’s art. The actress was to be illustrated in a red dress with short hair, looking like herself and unlike the roaringly popular character, Daenerys Targaryen, that she depicts in the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. Stanley’s favorite portrait of the mix, however, is another notable face from Hollywood. “Rami Malek has a pretty distinctive face. My kids are big fans of him. They’ve been watching Bohemian Rhapsody on rotation recently. I think I nailed his likeness on the 1st attempt. It’s easier to do a portrait when you already know the face.”
Although Stan has been creating portraits since before the rise of social media, it isn’t his only area of expertise. “I was mainly doing lifestyle and fashion illustration,” explained Stanley. “Twelve years ago, I did an illustration of Jack and Meg from The White Stripes for fun and I posted the illustration on Myspace. It somehow reached Jack and Meg, and they asked me to do some work for them. Six months later, the work I had created for them was nominated for a Grammy Award. I naturally started illustrating more musicians and sports athletes, and by then twitter was starting up. Celebrities started retweeting my images and even using them for their profile pictures. I haven’t looked back since. Right place, right time.”