portfolio news animation Bookstore bio Sketchblog contact

Recent Economist cover

June 02nd, 2009 | Category: Cover art, Economist

I am always delighted to be invited to draw the cover for The Economist. ¬†Over the years I have lost count of how many covers I have actually published for the magazine… but the number is over 100. Above is this week’s magazine equipped with my artwork!

1 comment

Kal economist cover

April 30th, 2009 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, sketches

I was commissione to draw the cover for this week’s edition of The Economist. ¬†I sketched countless versions of the grim reaper in the preliminary stages in a variety of poses. I enclose a few samples of the pencil drawings as well as the finished artwork (above)…

No comments

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.

1 comment

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.


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.