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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.


Kal at the Conventions

September 08th, 2008 | Category: Economist, sketches

I am posting some samples of my sketches from my 2 week stint at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Of the 10 conventions I have covered over the years these events were among the most interesting. There were good plot lines, interesting locations and a very close race.  The weeks ahead should supply ample material for the political satirist.

Above is an entry from the Republican convention below is a set of sketches from the Democratic convention.

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Kal at the political party conventions

August 26th, 2008 | Category: Economist, sketches

I will be contributing sketches to The Economist’s website during the next two week’s Democratic and Republican conventions. You can view daily slide shows HERE. ¬†

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Obama caricature

June 06th, 2008 | Category: Economist, Finished art, sketches

This week I produced a caricature of Obama and Hillary that captures the current news quite well. ¬†I am particularly happy with the Obama caricature. ¬†It always takes a while to get a fix on a new politician’s face and I am becoming more attuned to Obama’s features. ¬†I enclose below some the preliminary sketches for this week’s cartoon as well as my first caricature of Obama from 2007.