Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lutheran Surrealism

This is sort of like Rene Magritte's famous, Tyranny of images, aka "This is not a pipe."

I was surfing the web and stumbled on this blog,
By this college professor who's into surrealist poetry and philosophy who became a Lutheran. His mind bending writing inspired me to PhotoShop a few of the great Surrealist paintings (that weren't totally lewd). Just in time for Reformation (October 31) Scary, huh?

See all Eight Surrealist Lutheran Images

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Big Dubbya's watching you

1984, New American Century, Mein Kampf, whatever you want to call it.

Special thanks to "John L." of someplace our West for this week's cartoon idea- I'd be more specific, but the NSA and CIA are probably already listening to his phone calls.

If you see things from Dubbya's perspective, you'd also like 'New American Century,' and of course 'Mein Kampf.' Well, no actually you probably prefer burning books to reading them. In hind sight, I think I should've had 'W' say "heckuva game plan." He doesn't use words as big as "ingenious."

If on the other hand, you take the donkey's view, then may I also suggest 'It can't happen here,' by Sinclair Lewis and 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury (not to be confused with '
Fahrenheit 911' by Michael Moore).

If you read this and really take it seriously, you will be bound to become skeptical of any politician- regardless or party or promise. You will treasure and appreciate you rights, freedoms and your relationships. And you just might be a little less comfortable undressing with the TV on. I don't have a web-cam on my computer. Do you?

Read my "Book Report" on 1984

Thursday, October 18, 2007

DONG DONG! (just like on Law & Order)

You would not believe how hard Fred Thompson is to draw. I wound up stretching his head out a little in PhotoShop. But man, you gotta admit that his wife is a hottie!
Some politicians are harder to draw than others. Top left; Tried upside down, Top right; Starting with the ear and working from the outside of the head to the inside, Bottom left; Tried doing the old draw an oval with an eye axis and a prime-meridian first... And finally Bottom right; started with an eye and worked from the inside-to the out.

I think I still need to work on a caricature though, and exaggerate either his sleepy eyes or forehead instead of his ears or nose. Truly, he'd make a really good hound dog, maybe a basset hound.

So when I got my drawing into PhotoShop, I did go ahead and "warp" his head a little bit. Over all, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Maddness of the King

This is really the cartoon that I wanted to draw LAST week.
Man, I think Steve King can be an idiot. Folks here in Iowa's 5th District sure think he's the bee's knees. Yes, I'm guilty, that is the same Grassley from a Gonzales cartoon I drew months ago, I just flipped him horizontally so no one would notice. He has a HARD face to draw.

See how King got voted first runner-up for Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World"