Hillary Clinton is a difficult face to do a caricature of. I’m balancing making a caricature and also making sure it doesn’t come across as a personal attack on how I feel about her. In truth, I’m indifferent to her. I put politicians all in one soup. No Dems, no Repubs, to quote a line from The Onion, “Politicians win election” Same crap goes on it just might be a little more reddish or blue-ish consistency.
A few weeks ago I spent several days talking to kids at a private school called Collegiate in NYC. The ages were from 8 to 16-ish? I’m terrible at noticing ages. I spoke about caricatures and freelance and how it might relate to stuff they might do in life. I know it’s a “stretch” but I was trying to earn my fee! HA! Everything went fantastic I didn’t swear in front of any 8 year olds, it was good. One observance I had was how the kids would interpret what a caricature was. Or rather Why I was doing that to their face. Did I hate them? Why would he make my ears so big!?!? Or a few walked away thinking they were boring to look at because I didn’t make fun of their obvious pointy nose or unibrow.
I’ve been making caricatures professionally since 1985. I have a more clinical approach to caricatures today. Getting back to Hillary, I just see another face to exaggerate, but because of the public perception of her, the face is charged with other people’s baggage. I try to keep it as neutral as I can instead of enjoying every wrinkle I can see. Yes, I’m doing it for you. Come to think of it, as much fun as Hillary would be, I think Mick Jagger or Keith Richards would be an “all-you-can-eat” of wrinkles to do!
This was my chicken over rice guy at the food cart around the corner. He was night shift meaning on his feet from around 6pm to 6am. 6 and sometimes 7 days a week even during the winter. The only time I didn’t see him there was when a hurricane was on the way or the NYPD was conducting a military operation against a peaceful protest.
I’m still in France. Angouleme was as amazing as ever. We are now in Tour. I’m sure it will be as good. I’m with Xavier, the fearless leader of artists, and Abby, a fellow artist but also on a quest for the most tasty desert known.
Yet another illustration about the financial “cliff”. When you know everyone else illustrating this subject is going to do a similar picture. I felt I should at least try to make it work better than everyone else’s! Heh!
This was for Financial News in Dec. Holidays were survived. Seeing how I like my job and am always happy for work and to work. Holidays are an interruption from doing what I like to do. I guess it’s a good time to visit family if they aren’t near you, so there is that. If there is anyone out there, Merry New Year. I hope it’s good for all of us!