Here’s my weekly batch of new cartoons. The first one is my “Stand Your Ground” cartoon. Any cartoon about guns gets a lot of crazy response – as this one did. People are such nuts. Here is the rough pencil sketch.
Next I did the finished line art. I dragged three different speech balloons into position in a layer in Photoshop, rather than actually drawing all the speech balloons.
I had mixed feelings about whether to leave it as line art for the black and white version. There is something elegant about line art with no tone – but I couldn’t make up my mind, so I did a gray version, and I made both versions available to the syndication customers. Interestingly, half of the editors downloaded the line version, and half went for the gray version. Go figure.
Here it is in color. I added some subtle texture to the ground.
Here is how it looked the next day in my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News-Press.
Lots of cartoonists were drawing cartoons that were critical of the media attention paid to the new baby future king of England. I thought I would go with cute rather than critical. I don’t have any angry feelings about this subject. Cute is fine with me. Here is the line art that most people will see in the newspaper.
And here’s the color. I’m trying to do more color that looks like I’m using a sponge, as I used to do back in the days when i painted with gouache.
We almost saw the “Nuclear Option” happen in the Senate, when Senator Harry Reid threatened to get rid of the filibuster rules that Republicans were using to block Obama nominees. There was a compromise, but I suspect we’ll see this Nuclear Option thing happen again soon. Here’s the gray version, with sponge texture (the line art was too spare on this one, it needed gray tone).
Yes, that’s a very Herblockian “Mr. A-Bomb.” Gotta love Herblock. Here’s the color version, with spongy texture.
Most of the country had a crazy heat wave last week, which is always a good excuse for a trite, Global Warming cartoon. This one was fun to draw, and I went with the line art – no gray tone for the black and white version of this one.
And here’s the color version …
That’s it! I think I’ll draw Detroit tomorrow.
Here is the back story on my last three editorial cartoons!
With Obama’s “middle of the road” budget that was attacked by both sides last week, there have been lots of budget cartoons showing both the left and the right angry at Obama. This is much the same thing, but without picturing the budget, so it might last a little longer.
Notice that in my drawing, Obama is not exactly in the middle … from the reader’s perspective, Obama is a little to the left of the middle -although, from Obama’s perspective, he has moved a bit to his right.
Maybe I’m overthinking this. Here is the rough pencil sketch, on tab sized copier paper in pencil.
Next I drew the finished line art for the cartoon (below), also in pencil, on drafting vellum. This is what most people will see in the newspapers, that still usually print in black and white.
There is something lovely about a black and white editorial cartoon, particularly if it is only line art, without gray tone. I know that people will choose any color over black and white – but I think it is kind of like a classic sail boat vs. a speed/power boat – the sail boat is slow and classy, the power boat is fast, flashy, and people will choose it over the sail boat – still, the sail boat has more class and is nicer to look at.
Here’s a detail – isn’t the black and white nice? It is saved as 1000 dpi tiff and has a nice pencil line quality, up close.
Then I add the color, for the image most online visitors see.
The previous cartoon was another one about L’il Kim. Here’s the black and white – I thought I had to resort to gray to make the multi-panel format work. I like to avoid gray when I can.
Here’s the color …
The next cartoon was intended to be an evergreen. There was a big, Sunday section front in my local newspaper Health section about “superbugs” – antibiotic resistant diseases that are a new plague in hospitals. The newspaper didn’t run one of our nice cartoons or illustrations with the feature article, they had some lousy clip art; and I noticed that we didn’t have good “superbug” art in the database – so this is an attempt to fill the “Superbug” void in the CagleCartoons.com/PoliticalCartoons.com databases. Here is the rough pencil sketch on 11″x17″ paper.
I know, I know, bacteria don’t look like this kind of bug. Here is the black and white line art.
And I thought it might need a bit of gray tone – I’m not sure on this one.
And here is the color, added behind the line art in layers in Photoshop.
This one was fun to draw. Here is a detail.
Here is my latest cartoon, about the Republican infighting while Obama just sits back and waits for a deal.
This Fiscal Cliff mess came about because of the failure of the “Super-Committee.” I remembered a drawing a did of the Super-Committee some time ago, with a nice fight scene between super donkeys and elephants …
I liked that Super-Committee cartoon. Super political stuff is always great for cartoonists, especially when super-politicians fail. It occurred to me that I could use the fight scene again, if the donkeys were elephants, so I printed it out lightly and sketched in some rough changes, adding Obama and making the donkeys into elephants in the same, fighting positions …
… and then I drew over it for finished line on vellum. This black and white line drawing is what most people see in the newspaper …
… and then I colored it in layers on Photoshop. The line drawing is always better than the color, but readers and editors never seem to think so.
The previous cartoon was also about GOP angst, this time in the form of Picasso’s Guernica (below).
Oh the GOP suffering; oh the humanity! I did pretty much the same thing with this one. I printed out the Guernica painting and traced a nice line drawing on vellum.
I wanted it to look like it came from my hand, which is why I did all the cross hatching and un-Picasso like line quality. Then I added the gray tone …
Oh! Those poor Republicans! My most recent one was the New Years Fiscal Cliff cartoon below. This one probably works better on the Web because you have to scroll down to get to the gag.
My wife thought this one was too cruel to babies. She told me I shouldn’t draw it. My Australian cartoonist buddy, Peter Broelman did a similar one today, without being cruel to the baby – and his will get reprinted more because it isn’t in a vertical format. My wife likes Peter’s better too. Oh well.