Picasso Political Cartoons
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.
Here’s my new cartoon about the Republican duo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:
It is a metaphor that made me laugh – Romney and Ryan, as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, chasing the “impossible dream” of vanquishing the entitlement windmills. It is great fun to rip off recognizable works of art for editorial cartoons – most editorial cartoonists do it every so often.
George W. Bush as King Henry VIII by Hans Holbien is one of my favorite oldies: