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Does French Cover Translate?

January 28th, 2012 | Category: Cover art

courrier internationalMy good friends at the French weekly magazine Courrier International contacted me last week to express their interest in reproducing artwork I created for The Economist (see below) on their cover.

The only catch was… they needed to translate my text from the original English version to French. This is not a major problem except there were some English idioms in the Economist version that I am not sure translated well to French (Thatcher’s Iron Fist, for example). For any of you French speakers out there, I would be interested in hearing how well you think the artwork translated!

Right Republican cover web


Cover for The Economist

December 28th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, Line Art

I had a busy week with The Economist. I completed the cover for the New Year edition as well as adding an editorial cartoon (see below) and an illustration about Ron Paul. Now it’s time to catch up on my sleep!

Right Republican cover web

kal econ cartoon 12-28-11 webkal lex Ron Paula web

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Economist Euro Colander cover

October 27th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Finished art, sketches


I drew the cover for this week’s edition of The Economist. I worked closely with the cover designer in London on this one. We decided to pursue a more “graphic” version than the normally painterly style from the past. You can see the original concept drawing I submitted below. I like the simplicity an starkness of this one. I hope you do, too.

kal colander cover rough web

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Cover for The Economist

September 25th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, Line Art


I was asked to create the cover for The Economist this week. It was a fun topic to illustrate (taxing the rich). I also had fun creating an autumnal scene… makes me want to paint more landscapes! Also this week… I drew the cartoon (below) on the current crisis in Israeli/Palestinian relations. The next day I flew to Taipei, Taiwan to address the World Congress of the International Press Institute. More on that event to come!

Kal Econ Cartoon 9-22-11a copy

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Who’s that Model?

April 17th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist

Kal models for Gorbachev

I recently discovered this old photo which conjured a fun memory.

Flash back to July 1986, The Economist commissioned me to do a cover for the magazine featuring the new and, by Soviet standards, modern new leader of the USSR Michael Gorbachev.

At the time a new television show was also the rage: Miami Vice.

I opted to create Gorby in the likeness of the hip star of the show Sonny Crockett.  But in 1986 there was no Internet and photos of Miami Vice were not readily available in Brighton, England where I lived.

So to create a good reference photo for the cover my wife and I went shopping. I picked up the outfit in the picture and posed while my wife took a Polaroid (remember those?) snapshot.

You can see the final results below of the cover I created for that week’s edition of The Economist.

No, I didn’t also buy the car.

Kal econ Streetwize gorby sm

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Two Covers, One Week

January 17th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, News

kal rome cover 2

kal rome cover 1

I had a rather busy Wednesday last week. On that day I created two covers for The Economist.

Both are on the newsstand now. One is about guns and politics in America appearing as the cover for the US edition of the magazine, the second is on the Euro Crisis appearing on the front of the magazine in the rest of the world.

Having one artist create 2 covers in the same week may be a first for The Economist,. Just to complicate the matter, I was in Rome at the time attending an Economist related event for the international sales staff of the magazine. Members of The Economist team graciously found me a room at the hotel with some natural light for me to work (see below). You can see the finished products above.

Kal in Rome


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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Kal Cover story

March 12th, 2009 | Category: Cover art, News

I have had the great honor to be the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) since 2006. My experience has been enriching and extraordinary. I have worked along side talented and generous colleagues and with energetic and engaged students. Now my rewarding experience has been captured in words by writer and editor Richard Byrne. The inaugural UMBC magazine profiled me in their recent cover story.  You can read it here: UMBC story

My students describe me a demanding creative force. I guess that is a charge I will not deny… as I am very demanding of myself! ¬†

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Economist Inflation cover

May 23rd, 2008 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, sketches

I drew the cover for The Economist this week on the threat of inflation arising from emerging markets (tough one to illustrate, right?!). I worked closely with the cover designer in London and we came up with this solution. I played around with a variety of monsters under the staircase as you can see below. I finished the art using gouache and india ink. I’m looking forward to seeing it in print!

I had a second idea of having the creature hidden in a different way which you can see below. Maybe we’ll use it another time!

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