Friday, April 22, 2016 Bullish Market


After a week-long hiatus (I was in New Hampshire for an illustration show), here's the latest comic for This week's topic has to do with a recent upturn in markets, likely related to recent decisions by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

The team at asked me to draw a new version of an older comic. The original had Xi Jinping riding a bear galloping toward the New York Stock Exchange on a gloomy day. I was asked to create a new version with Janet Yellen riding a muscular bull clad in a green shirt toward the NYSE. Walking away from the NYSE would be the bear from the original comic (looking sad and tired). I was also asked to change the weather from gloomy to sunny.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:


Not too much to jaw about on this one. I'm still enjoying the more gestural coloring and shading. In this comic it ends up looking kind of chunky, like I used a ragged chisel tip marker. But I don't mind it. I like the more expressive and even abstracted approach. I feel like I've been so controlled in my technique for so long that I'll probably enjoy the loosening up for a goodly long time. I imagine it will be a while before the pendulum swings the other way.

One more thought: The background was part of the original comic and specifically needed to be included in this comic. It occurs to me this time around that the rolling hills are a strange choice for the environs surrounding the NYSE.

Overall, though, this was a fun comic to draw.


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