Social media. Oof. Some people get paid to do social media for other people or companies. I don't know if it's a livable wage, but they are receiving money to do what I'm constantly doing for myself. I guess I am getting paid to do it, as everything I do (including social media) is for my art business. I include eating in this too. Gotta feed the business! The business likes espresso every morning. The business likes to stay up late drinking bourbon on occasion. The business likes tailored suits... etc.
And now for some art.
Cover for The Week Magazine. Trump connecting the brothers Bush.
John McAfee. I was trying to find more and more obscure presidential hopefuls but I've run out of interest. I've had to draw Trump so damn much. Just once is enough to burn anyone out! I'm a hero darn-it! I'll probably do a few here and there as they catch my attention. This week I painted two hopefuls and one ex-president at least.
New projects in the works. Right now they are in "Ambiguous Cloud" form. It's hard to explain things that haven't gelled yet. Of course I could just describe a clouds and the organic shapes they take and be just about as accurate. They will involve drawing. They will probably involve painting, they will definitely involve coffee.
For now, here is the past week's plus today's presidential hopefuls.
Martin O'malley. Sunday's hopeful.
Mr Donald Trump again.
Terry Jones. First shot.
Terry Jones, second interpretation.
What can you say about these guys? Presidential hopefuls this early in the election process are all over the place. We have two parties in America and the amusing thing for me is to watch people try to defend their candidate to the erosion of all credibility. You can't trust a pundit any farther than you can levitate one with your mind. They can't admit their candidate's flaws publicly and therefore cannot tell the truth. We can not discuss the truth in public. The truth is our society is too large and complex to have just two parties.
The narrative I've heard on talk shows seems to be don't waste your vote on a candidate who isn't a democrat or republican. I think this is absurd. It's brainwashing. Don't think for yourself and learn to just "settle" with the candidates you are given. I think the greatest revolution would be for everyone to vote for who they think would do a good job and we get who we get. Unfortunately you don't get enough votes unless you have a lot of money to get your name out there. No one seems interested in fixing this problem so we get another Bush or another Clinton or another Bush... Until then, I will be the family portrait artist to the American aristocrats.
I don't see me ever meeting the sitting president of the United States. I just don't do anything that would get the attention of a president. If anything, they might see how I drew or painted him for a publication and barely took note before actually looking at real and seriously way more important issues than to give some artist's depiction of them any time... at least I would hope they would be that focused on the important work a president is doing. Given the chance to meet a president, I would be honored regardless who it was. It'd be pretty nifty to say the least!
As I continue to draw these hopeful presidential faces and hear more and more BS drop from their collective mouths I have less and less respect for anyone running for president. I can't relate to their world any more than they can relate to mine. A lot of times they sound like they've all gone under the knife to get some wrinkles smoothed out, some Botox, and a full frontal lobotomy. So here I am giving you the sneak peek of tomorrow's presidential hopeful. Well, I guess technically he already became president. President Comacho from the movie Idiocracy.
Thanks to my friend Steve Ellis, I got a friendly kick in the ass or inspiration depending how you look at it. It was positive either way. As we talked on the phone about what Batman represented. Rich guy going in to the poor neighborhoods to beat up poor people and throw them into a corrupt prison system that uses them for cheap labor to compete with the outsourced manufacturing in poorer nations that undercuts wages here in America. Yeah, THAT Batman. Somehow he suggested I do a caricature a day of the people running for president of the United States. Here is the first week's worth.
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Joe Biden is today's person running for president even though he hasn't announced yet.
Donald Trump. I'll probably be doing a bunch of different versions of these guys. There is always more than one way to exaggerate a face!
I'm in a gallery show at Last Rites Gallery. It's going to be fun! It's a different art than what I actually make most of my living from. This site is my illustration site that is work safe (I hope). Please check this show opening out. The New York Comic Con is going on this week and there should be a great crowd!
My piece for the show. "Target Pathogen 371" gouache on paper.