I was tempted today to expand on this-- he needs a stogie, he needs a beer-- but I'm way too busy to be clowning around with stuff like this. Maybe later.
...The sillier story was called the BANG awards-- referencing the acronym for our cluster of newspapers, Bay Area News Group. (Yeah, no one who works here is really happy about that...)
...So, I found a statue image, did a quick trace and painted that to get the figure on the left. I duplicated my first effort and painted on top of it, putting on new arms and a face. I probably got too detailed with the face (he looks more scary than scared) but it was a fun exercise.
...All in photoshop, of course.
I wanted it to run as a drawing; no color! Well, as I neared the finish it looked pretty drab to me. So, I tossed some pale colors on there, trying not to betray my original intentions overmuch.
Eh, it's okay. I like the Picasso!
I'm not really an editorial cartoonist kind of guy, but I do enjoy the illustrations. I'm not a politics enthusiast, and I don't follow that sport closely enough to feel confident about commenting humorously about what's going on. I have a quiet but seething hatred for most politics and my first inclination isn't to have a laugh, but rather to spit, or throw tomatoes. A nice, vague illustration for a column, though? I like that stuff.
...It appears to me that it was done entirely in photoshop. If I may take the liberty of criticizing the cartoonist that I was, I like the first two figures but the woman on the right is pretty weak. What's with her legs? They look really wierd to me.
... My old caption describes it this way: Drawn for an opinion piece on U.S./Cuba relations, particularly the sanctions placed on Castro by the W administration.
I do recall feeling that Fidel did not look old enough, and that W didn't look enough like W. Reassessing it now, Fidel's alright-- we can tell who he is, anyway. W? Eh. He's iconic enough now that you only need get close and people can figure it out. I'll give this one a C+.
... Sorry it's not any bigger-- a quick search of the Jeff Durham Digital Archives doesn't have a larger version. I fear it may be on one of those archive CDs on the shelf up there-- see? There are about 200 unlabeled discs up there.
... Truthfully, it may be worse than that. This drawing is old enough that it may be on one of those Zip disks! See, over in the closet, top shelf? See those 3 shoe boxes? Yeah. Hopeless. I don't even have a drive anymore-- just lots of disks.
Man those were expensive.
This was a quick illustration done for a business story a few years ago. It was one of my first purely vector efforts, although I may have done a rough in pencil or photoshop. Not a brilliant, high-concept piece, but it filled up a spot that might have otherwise been blank.
...I kind of like it, although it feels like a spot illo that's been puffed up and decorated with a weak art head. Them's my speciality!
Looking closely at the original file, it appears that I drew this entirely in photoshop. This was during a period when I was not completely comfortable drawing digitally from start to finish, and my preference would have been to draw the characters in pencil and then scan them in. This is probably one of my first pure digital productions for my newspaper job.
...The guy on the right, being forcibly fed the broccoli (or whatever that is) is a caricature of yours truly. For years I was obsessed with how I might look when I was older, and I'd often doodle myself as I thought I might look. This was one of those instances.
...I have not resorted to sweater vests as of yet, but that's the guy I'm starting to look like. Yessiree. Hm. Maybe that vest doesn't look half bad! Yeah...
...I didn't save any of the paperwork, and I couldn't tell you what the story was about, but I think it had something to do with blind dating, or online dating-- which can be kind of the same thing, I suppose.
...But, I kind of like these guys. A nice character contrast study. Go Raiders!
...Painted in photoshop!