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Kal Caricature of Pelosi and Reid

November 12th, 2009 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

Pelosi reid webThis cartoon is an illustration for an article in this week’s edition of The Economist about the politics of health care in the US. ¬†The House, represented by Nancy Pelosi here, passed their version of reform last Saturday. Now the responsibility for Reform has been passed onto the Senate (hence the baton) represented here by Harry Reid. I enjoyed drawing the two caricatures here… quite a contrast in faces.

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Sketching Famous Filmmakers

November 07th, 2009 | Category: caricature

3 guys rough webHere’s a rough sketch I have created for the Maryland Film Festival. ¬†The Festival is having a major fundraiser celebrating three of Baltimore’s film-making stars: Barry Levenson, John Waters and David Simon. ¬†I am producing special artwork for the evening which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the cause. ¬†I will post the final artwork in the weeks ahead!

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Obama first 100 days

May 11th, 2009 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

I have noticed recently how President Obama, like all his predecessors, has aged at a rapid pace in his first months in office. Above is a cartoon from The Economist that reflects on that observation.

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Obama caricature

May 11th, 2009 | Category: Finished art, caricature

This summer I will have an exhibition of my cartoons in Belgium in the coastal resort town of Knokke-Heist. As part of the promotion for the arts and cartoon festival in town, I was asked to supply a cartoon for the poster.  You can see the art above. I will post the finished product later in June.

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Found an old Economist cover

April 25th, 2009 | Category: Cover art, Economist, caricature

I was searching through an old thumb drive and found this digital version of a cover I drew for The Economist 11 years ago. ¬†It was during the early discussions of a stock market “Bubble”. ¬†Fed chairman Alan Greenspan was talking about “Irrational exhuberance” in the stock market (and no one was listening).

I had completely forgotten about this cover… it is always interested to see old work… like re-discovering an old friend.

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Drawing the other Obama

March 22nd, 2009 | Category: Economist, caricature

While much attention is focused on how we cartoonists are adapting to the new president… there is another person whom we must master. The First Lady may not dominate the news as her husband, yet Michelle Obama is clearly becoming a household personality. ¬†I enclose one of my earlry versions of Michelle Obama from this week’s Economist.

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Economist Cover

February 27th, 2009 | Category: Cover art, Economist, caricature, sketches

I had the privilege to draw the cover for this week’s edition of The Economist. The cartoon involves caricatures of European leaders Angela¬†Merkel¬†of Germany, Nicholas¬†Sarkozy¬†of France, and Gordon Brown of Great Britain. The cartoon did develop quickly during the 24 hours that I had to create the piece… particularly the waiter on the left. ¬†

My first attempt in the pencil sketch had a fellow that was not instantly recognisable as a waiter. My second attempt (on the color art below) created a better waiter but he was perhaps too large and had the potential to distract from the main characters.  

You can see at the top of the post the final artwork with a diminished waiter-like character inhabiting the scene.

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Obama caricature… the evolution

February 15th, 2009 | Category: Cover art, Economist, caricature

When a new President hits the scene, it is fun to watch the evolution of the Commander-in-Chief’s caricature. Artists and impressionists struggle to define and refine the essence of the President’s personality in a neat little package. ¬†This process for me never stops during the reign of a prominent politician. I endeavor to continually develop my caricatures.

This week while visiting London, I had the good fortune to draw the cover for this week’s edition of The Economist which featured President Obama.

The artwork was quite large as you can see in the first image above but my rendition of Obama was quite small within the artwork. This required a very simple rendering of the President. ¬†I am pleased with the final result. ¬†I feel that I am getting better at capturing his face… though I don’t think I have it mastered by any stretch.

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KAL, Animation and Direct dimensions

January 29th, 2009 | Category: 3-D, Animation, News, caricature

Since 2006 I have had the good fortune to work with the Maryland based digital imaging company Direct Dimensions. This company is both conveniently located near my home and one of the premier companies of its type in the country.  They are involved in numerous interesting projects from scanning the Lincoln Memorial to football star Ray Lewis.

Direct Dimensions’ newsletter is always full of cool stuff that the company is currently engaged in. ¬†The current newsletter features KAL animation projects. ¬†There are some good explanations of the technology involved and interesting graphics.

You read all about it HERE.

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Palin caricature

September 16th, 2008 | Category: Cover art, Finished art, caricature

I drew this for a Swiss weekly called Weltwoche. When I draw characters, I sometimes watch and listen to video and audio of the person while drawing to emerse myself in their personality. ¬†I am already getting a little tired of hearing Sarah Palin’s voice. If she get’s into the Vice President’s chair I think Tina Fey and I will have plenty of material to tap.

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