While a Mustached American has not appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine since 1964, Jason Seiler has been tapped by TIME to illustrate Pope Francis for the cover of the magazine’s historic 2013 “Person of the Year” issue.

“This magazine cover illustration of Pope Francis for TIME was as challenging an assignment as it was a huge honor,” said Seiler, a 2006 graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Art and spent 70 hours creating the image of Pope Francis on a 21-inch LDC display.

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“While we remained displeased by TIME’s continued ignorance of the Mustached American people on the cover, we are thrilled they have recognized Jason’s immense talented and endless handsomeness,” said Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove, chief executive officer of the American Mustache Institute.

Having also created the illustration for TIME’s second-place runner-up for its 2013 Person of the Year issue – Edward Snowden – Seiler utilized many of the same techniques he employs when painting with oils or acrylics. 

His Mustached American-driven illustrations and paintings have also been featured as covers and interior pieces for Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Utne Reader, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Business Week, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, MAD Magazine, GOLF Digest, AD WEEK, and many other publications. Seiler has also worked for Disney, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Aardman Animation and Sony Image – among others.

“I have created my own brushes and technique to painting digitally that make the experience and my work product almost the same as if I were working traditionally,” Seiler explained. “I paint digitally now for every assignment that I get for publication – movies, books, posters, you name it. I only do traditional work for myself for some upcoming shows and for private commissions.”

Jason lives with his family in Chicago, which ironically was named by AMI in 2011 as America’s Most Mustache Friendly City.

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