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Commissioned by TIME Magazine. Consists of 12,680 individual characters set in about 20 hours, or 10.5 characters per minute. Includes type from Obama's campaign and branding: Gotham, Knockout No. 48, Gill Sans, and Perpetua.

This was featured on the Table of Contents page of the February 1st, 2010 edition of TIME Magazine.

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Given 2010-01-27
Burdened by ~dylanroscover Also suggested by *Taro13 who says: "Dylan Roscover is a brilliant graphic designer who creates a wide variety of striking digital media pieces. This portrait of Obama uses typography to expertly illustrate the pressure and incredible burdens our president has to deal with while in office. The craftsmanship and composition of this typography portrait is remarkable and definitely deserves a standing ovation"

And by =PatrickRuegheimer: "This is stunning, the use of dark and bright fonts gives this a real great 3D contrast."

What should I say more? Dylan is a young and experienced Text Art designer. Ever since he got his first DD here (which was almost a year ago), tons of people got inspired by him. It's with great honor to give him a Daily Deviation again, and I really recommend you to watch him. I'm sure you'll hear his name even more often in the future. He's a Text Art designer that will never disappoint you! ( Suggested by liadys and Featured by Sander-Seto )
jerzeyboy1995 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
hookinjfarm Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Magnifico! Your art is unique and and not easy to do..Good stuff!
LuLupoo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Excellent work :iconclappingplz: Most surely deserved a DD :aww:
theexperiential Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! :-)
LuLupoo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
The pleasure was all mine. Its awesome :aww:
George-WillisIII Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
SSXVegeta Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any plans for a tutorial for this type of thing? I've made a handful, but nothing with so much depth, Im very curious of this great work.
AcronicDesign Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice
WalKelly Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
rubenantonio Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, amazing. Great work.
soulessone12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Nice..pretty much sums up what Obama has to deal with
ADITYAMITRA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Grate Beautiful Work 
theartisticnerd Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I saw this on the TIME magazine!!!! Oh my gosh. That's amazing. Hey, Gill Sans! Awesome :D :D :D :D :D :D
Alvinmferrer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
awesome pls pls pls tutorial pls Master Pls
TheGreatAhtnamas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautifully executed! In fact, I'm in a typography class right now, and I have to do some research on a typographic artist that we find interesting, and I'm interested in writing about you and your work. My essays won't get published or anything, but we have to do some typography with info about our artist as well. May I place this image into a "magazine page" that I'm making for class? Again, it won't get published and anyone who reads it will know it's yours. Again, beautiful work, and I really love how he looks troubled, like he has stresses that the people forget about.
grgbbek Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
can any one please tell how to create this kind of awesome typography [link]
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in #ArtHistoryProject's Inspiring Digital Artworks article.
Have a nice day :huggle:
kanglookie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
very nice......
bjsfjei Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very stunning. Whish we could get a tutorial for this graphic. All the best.
Motophan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
incredible pic :)
Ferdy55Ilustrator Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
you are awsome
JonathansArtLog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice! What font?
Oseltamivir Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't like Obama, but this is a great piece of art. Nice job.
Em-S5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Photographer you're the artist behind it!!! I even saw it in the magazine that time!!!
juniorborja1201 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
wow! awesome.. may you please send me how to do it.. magnificent works should learn by others.. thanks
kamitavn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
very beautiful, can you tell me how you did it?
Artsouls143 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
mind blowing... man... even iam also done typography portrait... for contest... but... mine is not looking 3d...

your portrait as life...

just check mine....

my first typography portrait.... and if u can help me out how u got that result in your portrait.......

so might be next ... portrait ... i will do better...

nice to meet u

12avendesigner Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   Artist
ohhhhhh my god"
gemznbeadz Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so excellent! May I have your permission to pin it to one of my Pinterest boards?

And thanks for the hint about using type on a path in Illustrator. I now have the motivation to learn more about that tool.
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, your work has been featured in #projecteducate's Typography: An inside look article.
Have a nice day,

teeregen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Greatfull work... amazing... o.O'
mecaenet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
WOW simply stoning men how as iu did? realy how...
babygurl83 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... this is VERY powerful and amazing!! Really nice job on the details, I love how it looks just like him, yet it's completely covered in text. I'm at a loss for further words to describe how awesome this is! :o
313Society Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Hey there,

I don't know how to send you a message so i'm posting it in your comments.

I'm starting a website, and while I am decent in photoshop I am as nowhere close in skill as you are, and I need a logo / image made out of typography.

I was wondering if you would be willing to work with me to come up with something nice.

If you're interested; shoot me a message and we'll discuss the terms, and payment.

Or email me @

with this image / a portfolio so I know who you are.
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
i am batman!
RainOfTheSoulsStar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL Typography.
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thank YOU
RainOfTheSoulsStar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ;)
rush2shit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant work!!!! especially loved its title.. @dylanroscover.. we seriously need a tuttorial or tips..!!
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
haha thanks! type on path tool in illustrator and some clever masking in Photoshop :-)
TiagosemH Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Awesome!!! Man, do you have any tutorial for this?
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nah just the type on path tool and lots of time :-)
TiagosemH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!!
bobitalizuca Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
so sweet. you have some tutoria?
NateWritter123 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is just an amazing, amazing, work of art. There was so much detail put in this typographic portrait. I really do admire this. Great job dylan. Maybe you should do a tutorial sometime.
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thanks man!
mealazarte Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
i really like this one. You are so good. Can you please give us some guide if you cant make a tutorial, on how to do some things like that. keep up the good work!
theexperiential Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thanks! it's just the type on path tool in illustrator, and some fancy masking / blending in photoshop. simplicity and time are all it took :-)
Claidheamdanns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Simply amazing! I would love to see how you did this!
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