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For an illustrator, landing the cover of a major issue of a nationally distributed magazine like Time, is a career making opportunity.

Jason Seiler, who is originally from Green Bay, was previously asked by Time to paint a picture of former NSA employee Edward Snowden.

The magazine liked his work so much, they gave him another assignment, to create an image of Pope Francis. At the time, he didn't know Pope Francis was the person of the year or that his picture would be on the cover.

"To me this is like winning an Academy Award, getting the cover for person of the year as an illustrator, it doesn't get much better than this," explains Seiler.

Seiler has done a lot of caricatures over the years, but this task was different. It took him 70 hours to create the painting, using a digital canvas.

While he received a little bit of instruction from Time, most of what you see is Seiler's own interpretation of Pope Francis.

"The way I see him, is I'm not a very religious person at all, but I really respect the pope and I respect this Pope. I think he is a very genuine man, he doesn't abuse his power, instead he uses his influence to really help and care and reach out to people," he says.

You can learn more about Seiler inside the "Person of the Year" issue, which has already hit some news stands.

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