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Margaret Thatcher RIP

April 08th, 2013 | Category: Baltimore Sun, Economist, News, caricature

Kal Thatcher small

During my first ten years of my career as a cartoonist, Margaret Thatcher loomed large. I was working in the UK for a variety of daily and weekly publications and Maggie was residing in 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister of Great Britain. She seemed to be a hovering presence in my life for a decade.

I drew her just about every week. She was sharp-nosed determined character with little humor. Small in stature, Thatcher proved to be a large conservative force for change in both the the UK and the world. Her determined style won her many friends and enemies among citizens of the country and  the cartoon community.

She was a friend to cartoonists because her dogged right wing politics provided mountains of inspired scorn-filled cartoons. She was an enemy to many cartoonists because few supported her conservative agenda.

While assembling my new book Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist I found scores of cartoons I produced about the Iron Lady over the years. I attach a handful here. If you have favorites from years past let me know and I will try to dig them out.

Kal Thatcher strong medicine copy
Thatcher arrows copyKal Iron Lady

Kal Thatcher- evolution of Iron Lady copy
Thatcher Cupid 7-12-86 copy

Thatcher election copy

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Angry Birds?

October 23rd, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

Kal econ cartoon 10-20-2011a web

Election season is in full swing which means lots of material for political cartoonist. The cartoon above is from this week’s edition of The Economist.

I drew this one from a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria where I was participating in a conference sponsored by The Economist. As you can probably guess I had a great fun drawing this one.

Among the fearsome flock of Wannabees is Republican businessman Herman Cain. People outside of the US have been watching the American political circus with some interest and despair. An example, the French magazine Courrier International commissioned me to create a cartoon of Herman Cain for this week’s edition (see below).

Herman cain art web

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Old caricatures of recent characters

May 14th, 2011 | Category: Economist, caricature

MubarakFrom time to time I have the job of scouring through past cartoons in search of a specific request. It is often an educational experience. I find forgotten images and sketches. I have published, by my count over 6000 cartoons so I guess I can be forgiven for not remembering all of them.

I recently stumbled upon these caricatures I drew in the mid 1980’s for The Economist. They feature political figures still on the international scene: Colonel Qaddafi of Libya, President Mubarak of Egypt, Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton (from the 90’s). They, of course look much younger (and I, of course have not changed at all).

Fidel webqaddafipain

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Letterman Caricature

May 02nd, 2011 | Category: caricature, sketches

Letterman sketch sm

I don’t often have the time just to draw caricatures as I once did. I am blessed with many interesting projects on the boil including The Economist 2012 Wall calendar, animation and my work with students at UMBC.

Still caricature is a deep passion, so recently while taking a short break from my work on the Wall Calendar, I drew the sketch above of the American TV personality David Letterman. It was great fun to draw… I need to do this more often…

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Recent Economist cartoons

June 25th, 2010 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art, caricature

kal lex commander in chief web

I have been rather remiss in keeping my blog up to date… so I enclose a couple of recent cartoons that I hope you enjoy.

Kal Econ cartoon 6-17-2010 web

kal econ cartoon 6-3-2010 web

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This week’s Economist offering

May 13th, 2010 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

Kal cartoon 5-12-10 web

Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Economist. I enjoyed playing with the caricatures, though my Karzai still needs work.

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Kal Economist cover

January 17th, 2010 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, caricature

Obama  1st year cover webHere’s this week’s cover for The Economist on the issue of Obama’s first year in office.

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Lieberman caricature

November 26th, 2009 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

Kal econ lex Leiberman web

Here’s a recent effort for The Economist to draw Senator Joe Lieberman. The senator has a face made for caricature and I enjoyed exploring his crevices and wrinkles with glee.

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Kal Caricatures on M&Ms

November 16th, 2009 | Category: Finished art, News, caricature

The three heads with Foreheads webThe Maryland Film Festival held a Gala fundraiser featuring Baltimore native filmmakers Barry Levenson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog, Diner, Liberty Heights), John Waters (Hairspray, Serial Mom) and David Simon (Homicide, The Wire).

I was asked by the festival to create drawings of the three heads (with foreheads) to use as promotion materials and auction items. The drawings (see above) were used in several capacities throughout the evening. An enlarged print of the artwork was signed by the three guests and myself then auctioned off.

Kal on M7Ms

My favorite use was a special edition of M&M candies that were made with the images of each of the 3 filmakers embossed of the candy shell.  Clearly the smallest reproduction of my cartoons to date!

Waters signs print webAbove is John Waters signing his caricature and below is me (on the right) with old chum, fellow¬†Baltimore Sun alumni and creator of HBO’s “The Wire”, David Simon.

Kal and David Simon web

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Kal Caricatures on M&Ms

November 16th, 2009 | Category: Finished art, News, caricature

The three heads with Foreheads webThe Maryland Film Festival held a Gala fundraiser featuring Baltimore native filmmakers Barry Levenson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog, Diner, Liberty Heights), John Waters (Hairspray, Serial Mom) and David Simon (Homicide, The Wire).

I was asked by the festival to create drawings of the three heads (with foreheads) to use as promotion materials and auction items. The drawings (see above) were used in several capacities throughout the evening. An enlarged print of the artwork was signed by the three guests and myself then auctioned off.

Kal on M7Ms

My favorite use was a special edition of M&M candies that were made with the images of each of the 3 filmakers embossed of the candy shell.  Clearly the smallest reproduction of my cartoons to date!

Waters signs print webAbove is John Waters signing his caricature and below is me (on the right) with old chum, fellow¬†Baltimore Sun alumni and creator of HBO’s “The Wire”, David Simon.

Kal and David Simon web

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