Sunday, March 15, 2015

Going off the rails on a finance train

But that's how it goes
Billions of dollars
In markets I 'spose

(To be sung to the tune of "Crazy Train")

Ok, that's enough of that nonsense.

 Hi. Here's this week's comic for It has to do with the crash of the value of the Euro and the belief that the dollar and the euro will soon be fairly equitable in terms of value.

The crew at asked me to draw a train with the symbol and coin of the European Union on the side. At the helm, in full conductor regalia, was to be Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank. Pushing the train from behind and flexing an arm tattooed with the dollar symbol was to be our gal at the Fed, Janet Yellen. Standing on the sidelines: A man wearing a BMW hat and a shirt that says "Exporter" (this symbolizes the fact that falling currency values are good for the export market).

Here's the sketch:

Here's the outline:

And here's the full monty:

Here's what I like about this comic: The composition (not great, but more interesting than a standard side view), the color of the sky and clouds (I'm trying not to just draw blue skies anymore; it's too predictable), Draghi's conductor hat (very legit-looking), and the foreground guy (mostly because I haven't had much opportunity lately to draw random people and it's fun to do so).

Here's what I don't like: My drawing of Yellen. I usually have such a good time drawing Yellen. She has a unique face and it's very expressive. But the last couple of times I've drawn her, the likeness has been off. In this one, I think it's the angle. It's just not quite right. It kind of ruins the whole thing for me. But then, I've been staring at it all day. Perhaps absence will make the heart grow fonder.

But I doubt it.

Until next week,


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