Friday, June 24, 2016

Investing.com: Brexit!

Ahoy!

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com.

This week's subject is the looming referendum on whether or not Britain will leave the European Union. I was asked by the team at Investing.com to draw David Cameron driving a British-style double-decker bus (colored like the Union Jack) up to a fork in the road. The two forks would be labeled "Brexit" on one side and "EU" on the other. The bus would be just beginning to turn onto the "EU" side of the fork (a reference to the fact that poll numbers seem to indicate a slight lead for the "remain" side). Standing at a bus stop on the "Brexit" side of the fork would be Boris Johnson (former mayor of London and the leader of the "Leave" side), waving as if to signal to the driver that he's been missed.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:





Thoughts: Another tough comic this week. Although it's only two characters, the bus added a decent amount of complexity. But it was fun, nonetheless. I don't usually like drawing cars, but the double decker bus is basically just a box. And I always like drawing dirt and grime on stuff. Plus, Cameron and Johnson have pretty expressive faces. Boris Johnson looks a little to me like the albino in "The Princess Bride".

All in all, not a bad comic.

Until next week,

Cheers.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Investing.com: Sinking Yields

Hiya.

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's subject is the historically-low yields on 10-year bond rates in global markets. As always, the idea and subject matter were thought up by the team at Investing.com. I'm just the guy behind the pencil.

Here's the layout sketch:

And here's the final:


Not in much of a reflective mood on this one. It was a tough comic: Lots of elements to sketch, outline, and color and shade. This one was a bit of a long haul. But I made it and I think it turned out ok. Not my favorite, but a solid effort at least.

Incidentally, sorry I've been a bit of a one-note illustrator as of late. I know I haven't posted anything other than investing comics lately, but I'll have some other projects to share sometime soon. I'm working on a new poster. I'll post it as soon as I can.

Until next week.

Cheers.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Investing.com: S & P Rally

Hiya,

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's subject is the recent gains of the S & P 500, boosted in part by a sharp recovery in oil prices.

Here's the sketch (concept by the team at Investing.com, drawing by yours truly):

And here's the final:

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Market Forces

Hello!

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This one is about the uncertainty around two big upcoming decisions.

Sketch:

And here's the final:


I'm a little too busy for ruminations this week. Perhaps I'll bloviate next week. Until then,

Cheers.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Rate Hawks

Howdy.

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's topic is the hawkish position taken by several officials at the Federal Reserve.

The team at Investing.com asked me to draw Janet Yellen (dressed as a bird keeper) standing on the lawn in front of the Federal Reserve Building and behind the Fed podium. On both hands, Yellen would have a hawk: one with the head of Stanley Fischer and the other with the head of William Dudley. In the background, I was asked to include three more hawks flying overhead with the names Harker, Bullard, and Kashkari.

Here's the layout sketch:

And here's the final:

Thoughts:

This one wasn't exactly a cake walk. Three characters is a lot for a one-day turnaround. I probably could have re-used older drawings of both Fischer and Yellen, but I decided to draw them from scratch. I guess I wanted the challenge. And I think it turned out pretty well. The composition isn't amazing, but I think the colors are strong and the caricatures are good.

That's about as much as I can ask for.

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Investing.com: Oil be darned

Hullo. Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's subject is about the partial recovery of oil prices.

Here's the layout:

And here's the final:


Not going to sugar coat it: This one was not so much fun. There was just a TON of stuff going on in this comic. Even re-using characters from older cartoons, this took me 10 hours. And, mostly because it's so busy, it's not my favorite comic. I know, that seems counter-intuitive coming from a guy who loves detail as much as I do, but there it is.

But, take a look at what happens when you take out everything in the foreground:


You get a thing I pretty much never draw: A landscape. And, what's more, not a terrible looking one, either. Kind of peaceful.

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Investing.com: The Weight

Hullo!

Here's the latest financial comic for Investing.com. This week's subject is the market's effect on proposed interest rate hike.

The crew at Investing.com asked me to draw the following: Janet Yellen attempting to bench press a set of weights reading "0.75%" (the proposed interest rate). Preventing her from doing so would be two big bulls (the market). One was to be actually holding the barbells down and the other was to be sort of taunting Yellen with the "Oh no you don't" hand gesture.  I was also asked to include the words "FED Rates" on the wall in the background.

Here's the layout sketch:

And here's the final:

Thoughts:

I chose a different angle this time around. Typically, because time is so limited for these comics, I'll essentially draw the scene as a straight shot (with the camera on the same level as the characters). But this time the camera is raised up slightly and looking down at the scene. I figured a side shot might not work as well given that the barbells might block Yellen's face. Also, this angle seemed like it would be more interesting to look at.

I think it IS a more dynamic, interesting angle. But it was a lot more work to arrange and draw the scene this way. I'm not used to arranging things like this, so it doesn't come naturally or easily. And I'm still not completely sure I drew it convincingly. The bull in the white tank top, for instance: his head/face angle seems off.

Still, I think it was a good effort, and I'm going to make more of an effort in the future to try different angles and perspectives. Seems like a good skill to build up. Plus, I could use the practice.

Until next week,

Cheers.