Friday, March 25, 2016

Investing.com: European De-Union

Hello!

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's topic is the looming fear of a European Union breakup, most recently inspired by security concerns.

I was asked by the crew at Investing.com to draw the European Union building in Brussels. In front of said building, they asked me to draw the flags of the European Union, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France (with the EU flag in the center). On one side, climbing up the EU flagpole, I was asked to draw an ISIS fighter with an ISIS flag hanging out of his back pocket. One the other side I was asked to draw a British palace guard walking away holding the Union Jack. Between the two, I was asked to draw German Chancellor Angela Merkel straining to reach the two but not quite managing to do so.

Here's the layout:

And here's the final:

Thoughts:

Another fairly complex comic this week, mostly owing to the three characters and the complex EU building. But I think it turned out fairly well. Merkel's caricature is serviceable, I think. And I like the treatment of the sky. I've been trying to use the sky as another means of conveying the emotion of the comic lately (with mixed success).

Overall, I think this is a decent result.

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Investing.com: Prepare for launch

Howdy,

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's topic is the recent Federal Reserve meeting. No one is expecting any momentous decisions to come from this meeting, but Yellen is expected to raise interest rates in June.

To illustrate this, the good folks at Investing.com asked me to draw Janet Yellen (wearing a training space suit/jumpsuit) and holding a hawk (symbolizing her hawkish attitude toward interest rates). In the background, I was asked to draw Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer fixing an oil leak on the space shuttle. I was also asked to include a space suit hanging on a wall in the background (indicating Yellen's preparedness for the interest rate launch).

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

Thoughts:

Though it may not seem like it with only two characters, this is a fairly complex comic. There are a lot of elements involved. As such, I'm going to play the ol' time card here (which is to say, I didn't have enough of it). I think the caricatures are decent, though I should have chosen a non-profile view of Fischer. He's got some pronounced cheekbones (ripe for caricature) that don't come across in a profile view.

I think the composition is ok, in spite of the fact that I can't say I really thought about it too hard. As is often the case with these comics (again, because of time constraints), I went with the first arrangement of elements that worked and portrayed everything as requested. But it didn't turn out too bad, in spite of the fact that it was straight from the hip.

Overall, a good effort and good hustle, as one or more little league coaches would often say to me. I suspect, in retrospect, these were the best compliments they could muster for a really, really crummy player like me.

Until next week,

Cheers.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Investing.com: Super Mario Redux

Hello!

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's subject deals with the European Central Bank's (at the time) upcoming policy meeting.

The team at Investing.com asked me to draw ECB President Mario Draghi dressed as Super Mario in a parody of the video game. They asked me to include two coin boxes reading "Q" and "E" (standing for "Quantitative Easing") and the ECB building in the background. I was also asked to include some financial figures at the top (instead of the usual video game scores and time clock numbers).

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:


Thoughts:

This one was super fun. Anything that parodies/references an iconic childhood pastime of mine is ok in my book. Also, working with an intensely saturated color palette and trying to make things look pixelated was a fun challenge.

Until next week.

Cheers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Poster: Dr. Hunch and Space Gorilla!

Here's the latest poster from a series of recent personal pieces. When I say "personal", I mean pieces that I'm drawing for fun. Not "personal" as in "this is a reflection of my inner emotional life". Although, in some ways, I suppose a goofy drawing of a weird-looking scientist with a see through head and a giant gorilla wearing a space helmet is very much a reflection of my inner emotional life. Which seems to be that of an 11-year-old.

An 11-year old who's having a LOT of fun.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

So. Much. Fun.

I could say stuff about this piece, but let's not ruin the moment with words.

Cheers.


Thursday, March 3, 2016