Roughing It, Volume 46

Here’s a batch of rough sketches from the week prior. Check ’em out.


This cartoon was selected for the CNN Opinion newsletter.


And it turned into this.


This is the only other rough in this batch that turned into a full-grown cartoon.


And it got a lot of play too. Most of my online clients published it. I liked this layout as I haven’t done anything like it in a while. Usually, I hate cartoons that leave lots of white space unless it’s used effectively. The one thing I’d change about this is the frame on the TVs. The way I did it here makes them look too much like pictures instead of TV screens.


I kinda liked this one.


I almost did something with this in regards to the Trump pandemic playbook that just suddenly appeared from…well, his ass.


This is an example of a rough turning into a better idea. I went from this to the map cartoon.


Of course, Trump helped turn the rough into this cartoon by tweeting lies and threats to Michigan.


This idea was in my notepad (OK. Unsent email to myself) for a couple of weeks.


This still may turn into something else. It’s in my head. I gotta do something with the Zoom thing.


This one just sucks. I don’t even remember where I was going with it.


I like this one. Maybe it’s the tortoise. He needs to be in a cartoon at some point. I mean, other than a Mitch McConnell cartoon.


I didn’t like this one because of the clown analogy. Right after I roughed it, a reader wrote to me saying I should draw Trump as a clown. That killed it. During 2015 and 2016, every cartoonist in the nation drew clown cars for the Republican primary. That is…every cartoonist in the nation except for me. It was such a bad and obvious idea, that Chris Matthews used the metaphor on a daily basis.

Here’s a tip for aspiring cartoonists: If a reader thinks of an idea, it’s probably a bad idea. If an editor thinks of an idea, it’s guaranteed to be a bad idea. Here’s a tip for readers: Don’t send me your ideas. I got this.

So, which cartoons/roughs/ideas are your favorites?

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  1. For once I have a favourite, actually two, but neither did you use. 😥
    #2 – The McDonalds’ Drive-Thru
    #1 – The butt/ hand sanitizer
    Guess that means you’ll never use them. Sorry.

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