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McCain Hero Poster by angelaacevedo McCain Hero Poster by angelaacevedo
-- POSTER -- I upload this with all respect to ObeyGiant's Shepard Fairey. I think his work is phenomenal and in no way do I feel that this compares to the original work of his "Obama Hope" Poster. It was available for purchase at ObeyGiant's site. Here is the [link] You can also read about how the Obama Poster rose to fame via this [link]

-- VARIANT -- You can see the alternate poster using Fairey's colours at this [link] or just go to my gallery and see it next to this one.

-- POLITICAL -- I am registered independent and don't really endorse neither candidate. But you can read below as to why I decided to create this tribute to both McCain and Fairey.

Regardless of what you may think, McCain is indeed an American hero. His war story is powerful. And now, after seeing the final debate, I have no problem saying that he has my vote. It seems the media hasn't been very fair to the guy and in my opinion, he'll serve as a better president than all the shadyness that seems Obama and his party has. That's about as political as I'm willing to go here on dA.

About this piece:

Okay. So I've been working on this for a while now.

How did this start? Well, frankly, I was fedup and tired of all this Obama hype/propaganda, specially from the Art Community. I say hype, because that is what it is. Obama has been painted as some sort of saviour by the majority of artists because it seems that it is the trendy thing to do.

The online community everywhere has been so hateful and hostile to the McCain/Palin ticket that it really just got on my nerves.

I decided to search to see if there were other artists that supported McCain and I was surprised to find nothing. Maybe it was were I looked. I was just wishing someone would do something.

So I thought, "What if instead of the "Obama Hope" poster, it was the "McCain Hero" poster that was created. So I guess I decided to give it a shot. I'm not big on duplicating anyone's style or even Illustrating this extensive on Illustrator. That is the result.

Below are the specs on the job.

Tools: Adobe Illustrator
Color Palette: [link]
Orig Photo: [link]
Size: 24" x 36"

In regards to the original poster by Shepard Fairey. Like I said above, this is more of a tribute to McCain's persona and Fairey's style. I take no credit for the concept and idea, only for its execution. Frankly, I don't even think mine compares.

The colour scheme was based off McCain/Palin logo available for download at BrandsoftheWorld . com I decided to tweak the dark blue, light blue and creamy yellow so it is a bit different than Fairey's Obama version.

I know I could've tweaked it more, but frankly, I'm tired of working on it. LOL I just wanted to upload it and give McCain supporters a chance to download it. Seems like today was fitting since we just had the final Presidential Debate. If you missed it, you can see it all at the CSPAN page on youtube.

This piece is available for free download. I will also upload an Alternate Piece with the exact "Obama Hope" colour scheme.

If you comment, please be prudent. This is not the spot for political debates. Please critique it as an art piece.

Thank you and God Bless America ;p

Angel A. Acevedo / Dj Soundwav

swav | design studio
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Student General Artist
Ol' Shadow Senator
king-of-hydras Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Out of curiosity who was he bombing?
Argoniandrake27 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I hope he runs for 2016 :) and he's better than Obama and Romney that for sure
Conquirer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
Il-Mentore42 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
McCain really is a good man, he just committed political suicide by picking Mrs. Palin for Vice President.
CyberEagleWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You did a good job!
DJDav16 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I'm not a fan of McCain, but this could work:)
maccyman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
I like it, but lets all hope Palin doesn't have one made for her come next election.
kradeelav Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you for defying the trend, and for honoring him as a hero. :heart:

Artistically wise, this is amazing. Even though yellow isn't really a 'patriotic' color, (and even more of an irony since the Conservative Party's color is red xD ), yellow still gets the positive-ness, and the punch soundly. Might not have added the two-tone 'white/cream' to his forehead, since it looks a tad smudged, but the lighting elsewhere is dead-on.

Politically wise - and I'll keep this short - I agree 100% with what you said. :> It's crazy hard to be a bona-fide Republican in an art school, and not get tired of the endless praise for Obama. McCain, while not perfect, went through a heck of a lot more than most of us ever will. I thank God for men like him.

(Again, wonderful piece of artwork. <3~ )
angelaacevedo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
thank you for the critique and very kind comment. :ahoy:

The colors chosen here were based on McCains campaign color logos, yellow and blues, so I made an alternate version a'la Fairey. ;P

I really appreciate your feedback!
DeltaMa Featured By Owner May 6, 2010

I am so thrilled to finally see something POSITIVE about McCain, or at least someone not bashing on him...

And McCain is TRULY and ABSOLUTELY in my opnion, an American Hero. :) God Bless him and all the other POW's or former POW's.

I absolutely love this piece. The colors are very good. I love them. The yellow and blue give it in my opinion a sense of hope, and looking forward to the future.

Great job again. :)
cbuckley64 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I was searching for T-Shirt template and stumbled upon this piece. Truly a masterful work, and it would have been amazing if this would have gotten out during the campaign.
Meep-inc Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
dude my mom and dad had to leave their home country of liberia and lost most of their family yet they don't keep bring it back up so he was a pow for my parents if you got cuaght you died but don't get me wrong you pic is cool
caesaraugustus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stop saying you respect Fairey

That man would steal from you if he thought he'd profit off it.

Instead, kick that commie's ass!

I voted for McCain.
seancruz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Finally, a poster of McCain. This is great, you did an amazing job, and I feel like you can compare it to the Obama one.
atlasperros Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
HA, it's sort of ironic that you chose McCain in a Shepard style print......

and why the color blue and yellow?

anyway I don't support McCain at all...but, the fact that it resembles a Shepard is all that matters...I guess
angelaacevedo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Blue/Yellow because those were McCain's brand colors during his campaign. I tried staying true to the original scheme. :D
JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Veo que comentaron muchísimo aquí sobre McKain! Si tuvo muchos seguidores, a pesar que Obama arrasó en popularidad. Platícame algunos puntos destacados que màs admiras de McKaine, si tienes chance.
JaketimusPrime Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
I adore this, because he IS a hero, he almost DIED for our country.
LugiaDudeXD Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
I voted for Obama, and i gotta say i regret it, this man is a fucking hero. I wish i voted for him...
LobsterRockefeller Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I really like the coloring on this, such a beautiful poster. Obama's makes him seem more like a villain but that prolly because I voted for McCain :b
girl-of-fire Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this! I wish I had this poster....
You adapted to the style very well, and I like your color choices! c:

This is amazing; I really think that this should've been used as part of McCain's campaign. I think that McCain definitely deserves his "hero" title; his services within the American Armed Forces are legendary. The personal sacrifices he made for his country are absolutely unbelievable, and it's about time that someone made something as wonderful as this to show that. Although I wasn't crazy about either of the candidates, McCain captured my vote with his unconditional love for America. Obama certainly hasn't made any sacrifices for this country.
Taylei4eva Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
I love it. You're amazing.
draw-freak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Katiiey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I may get bashed by people who watch me for faving this, cause most of them are democrats/liberals/etc, but I don't care.

I really do love this picture. The way you coloured it is amazing, and McCain's face really matches his personality.

It's nice to see pictures on dA of him other than Anti-McCain crap (cause a lot of it is crap as far as art goes too!)
mariafox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
I'm a democrat, but this is pretty to look at.
GlennMagusHarvey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Wow. This is nice.

Disclaimer: I didn't vote for him. But I still like the guy anyway. (I voted for "that one".)
ANewArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I love this. Great job
fraaibloem Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
You rock, man - excellent piece of artwork!
Chat-Mort Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now here's some real art!!

Um ... this deserves a far more in-depth commentary, but I have nothing more to say.

gackuto Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Very Clean, ironically when you type in McCain in google there arent many friendly posters of him, and aren't many posters designed well at the same time, but this one is very nice.

Although I did not vote for him or think he was right for America, I suppose his war story was touching even though that shouldnt sway a vote more than policy itself. As far as some of the people commenting on how Obama is shown as a savior, that's the whole point of the "HOPE", we don't see him as a savior, and as far as shady stuff going on with his campaign it was far less than the dirty tactics the republicans stooped too...Some of the followers indeed embarrassed McCain and represented him poorly by their claims of Obama being a Muslim terrorist....with lame supporting evidence such as "well look at his last name!"....I don't even think McCain appreciated it.

Obama is a great man and I hope he can do well for our Country, whether people thought he was wrong for the part doesnt matter because enough people thought he was right.

:) okaay thats my lil thing. Anyways good design, finally a poster I like that shows McCain.
xiongmiao Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
i dont like him much but his war story was very touching (poor thing) and even tho he didnt have my vote this is a very good pixr
KGBains Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Wow! I adore this so much. I'm strongly conservative republican and I still thought that the famous Obama art was very nice. Though, I never thought I'd see one of McCain! I love this so much. Thank you very much for this excellent piece of art.
one-dryad Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely fantastic! Bravo! :iconfurrydanceplz: :heart: :clap: :faint: :+favlove:
yoniwid Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
wonderful work!
Dreya-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
This is truly beautiful. Even if he didn't win the election, this man still has all my respect.
MangekyouSkies Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
do u kno why this doesnt have a dd? bc it's not of obama. when is a mccain pic going to get a dd on da? they're so biased! great pic btw i love the colors.
i don't like either guy though to be honest...but da is still biased
spicemaster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
Here here. Wish I would have found this peice before Nov. 4th. I would have displayed it, but the election is over.

Awesome peice man and I agree with you whole heartedly.
ColonelFitz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
I have to say that as a 15-year-old growing up in an extremely liberal town, I'm kind of glad to see this. Personally, I'd describe my own political views as more moderate, than either liberal or conservative, but I agree that with Obama, the media hype is a little annoying, and indeed a little worrisome.
I mean, democracy's greatest strength but also weakness is that everyone can vote. A majority of people don't really bother to thoroughly research and study all aspects of the issues and candidates, leading to an almost mob mentality at times. Although that could just be me speaking from the perspective of a rational human being in a hippie town. ;) (and yes, that was a joke, don't be offended, you hippies :XD:)
stormtrooper117 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
100% agreed. Me and my entire direct family are Demos, and we all still vote McCain. Or, I would if I could lol. Maybe next time!
mayjohnson2002 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
very noble of you. I like this. Its amazing. I wish I could put it on a shirt.
AStudyInScarlet Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's a wonderful poster. Whether someone's democrat or republican, there is no denying that McCain is a hero :)
lazardo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "Hero" text is a bit off center, but I'm nitpicking.

bedpan3 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
great work on the art

God forbid you hint that you might favor McCain in any public forum, or instantly you're an inbred, soul depleted hillbilly. "Florida?" hardy har. Not me, I'm from Illinois - where Barack Obama has done little or nothing for his financially floundering state EXCEPT concentrate on his presidential campaign for the past 3 years. They're closing down state run facilities left and right here, from prisons to Abraham Lincoln's log cabin historical site to forest preserves. Ask my brother about it, who just lost his job after 15 years of working for the state.

Hoo-Ray for Obama and the Chicago Machine!

I hope their messiah works out for them after tomorrow - well, works out for all of us.
ACVioleteye Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008   Writer
This is a beautiful piece, and the best part is, McCain deserves it. Obama doesn't really deserve all the hype he's been getting, like you said, and it's really nice to see this kind of thing on dA. Kudos!
photolitherland Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Expressified Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
haha this is pretty funny.
but the text should say "Fail" instead of "hero"
good job coloring though...
lejude Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You want to redo my Palin poster for me? This thing is great. Keep up the good work.
ThumbJr Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. This just has awesome written all over it. <333
Kibikayuki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Now this is an awesome piece! This should get a DD especially reading from your explanation of the piece.

I agree with you on the part with Obama being painted as like some sort of savior. He's practically a religion the way I see it.

I'm definitely a McCain supporter and I'm an independant myself.
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