July 26, 2013

July 20, 2013

Sketches


Having fun sketching from life and imagination.

July 13, 2013

July 6, 2013

Steve Benson, Political Cartoonist

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists recently held their convention in Salt Lake City.  It wasn't well publicized in the news, so I missed most of it, but did attend a small workshop Saturday afternoon.  The news article I read didn't even mention it was for 'Young Adults.'
But having done editorial cartoons, humorous illustrations, and comic strips for student and local newspapers all through my college years, I jumped at the chance to meet a few of the artists who's work I'd studied and admired.

I met Steve Benson, an editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republic, and R.C. Harvey, of which the Wikipedia article describes as 'an author, critic and cartoonist. He has written a number of books on the history of the medium, with special focus on the history of the comic strip, and he has also worked as a freelance cartoonist.'

Steve started the workshop with the story of one of the earliest editorial cartoonists in America, Benjamin Franklin!

 While speaking about Benjamin Franklin, Steve drew a funny quick image of Ben doing his thing with a kite and a key.  The character was so whimsical, I asked him if I could have it afterwards.  Here it is!

While creating my own editorial cartoons in college, I clipped and saved a massive cache of cartoons which I pasted into a binder to study.  Many of these guys are still my heroes and, even though I really haven't thought of it that much, their work influences what I do even to this day.