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Freelance Days – Election Years Past

I worked for many years as an editorial illustrator, creating illustrations for papers and magazines mostly. I avoided doing a lot of commercial work – advertising agency stuff, just because you would end up making really nice, polite drawings all the time, smiling, picnicking families, sunny days, helpful parents and joyful children. It was hard to get excited about.

Politics was a much more engaging subject. This being election season, I’m going to post some of the politics illustrations I did over the years.

This was a cover illustration for a story titled Clinton and the Press.

It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions – Marcel Proust

Every year I ran a New Year’s Resolution cartoon. (See here and here). This one ran in 1998 in the middle of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

Happy New Year!

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore…” – Cartoons without Context

Another spot illustration from the “I can’t remember what the hell this was all about” file.

Consider the Lobster – Cartoons without Context

In my many years of working as an illustrator, I drew a lot of spot illustrations to accompany stories in various newspapers and magazines. Many last minute calls came from art directors on a tight deadline, who knew exactly what image they wanted. Many were looking for me to come up with the concepts.

It was a fun gig, developing concepts and images that could play off the content of some story (often political), cranking out a finished piece, and sending it out via email, knowing it would be going to press the next day or the next week.

I did a lot of illustrations (good and bad), for publications (good and bad), over a long stretch of road, and ended up with boxes of this stuff. Some I’ve trashed, some I’ve kept, but many of the illustrations are hard to even remember drawing – never mind trying to remember what the story was that I was illustrating. It’s possible that they might be more interesting if I could remember the stories, but I doubt it.

When I ran across this one the other day, I thought, “what reason could I have had to draw a terrorist and a bunch of lobsters?

I haven’t the slightest idea.

I’ll probably post more of these as I find them…

Adults are obsolete children – Dr. Seuss

The Irony, of course, is that the laptop in this cartoon from 10 years ago is clunky and primitive by our standards, and the whole Ipad/tablet PC thing is likely to make dinosaurs out of laptops soon.

Ah, obsolescence…

There’s an app for that.