Roughs

Roughing It, Volume 58


Wanna hear something awesome? I didn’t have to draw a lot of roughs last week. Woo hoo!

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After my editor told me the lead of the newsletter, I threw this at him. He took it pretty quickly and I got to call it an early day.

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The only thing I changed was Mary holding the book in case some readers forgot who Mary Trump is.

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I really liked this idea, so I made it an official cartoon.

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By the way, Donald Trump is a racist. I went back and forth in my head if I should go with “servants” or “the help.” I went with the latter partly based on that Emma Stone movie with the shit pie I’ve been meaning to watch.

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He’s also a moron.

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He’s also a racist moron with dreams of fascism.

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This was my first idea with the Demon Sperm Doctor.

Wow. Only five roughs from last week. And there weren’t many more than that for this week. So, which ones are your favorites?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

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Roughing It, Volume 57


Time to check out some roughs.

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When I sent this idea to CNN, I was showing a concept and not a completed idea. Then they picked it and I really had to go to work writing everything for it. I wasn’t excited about all the lettering I had to do.

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But it was worth it. I was very happy with the way it turned out and it got crazy shares on social media.

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I’m glad I did not draw this cartoon because every political cartoonist in the country has drawn a covid baseball by now. Stop it, guys. Just stop it. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll do a covid hockey puck. NO NO NO!!!!

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Speaking of lame ideas. I was getting desperate when I threw this one out. It’s such an awful and worn out cliche. The only person who can bring any justice to these kind of cliches is usually Tom Toles. In fact, he did do a sinking ship last week and it was brilliant.

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I was trying to show the disparity between the eloquence, brilliance, and class of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and whatever it is that’s wrong with Donald Trump.

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This was my first suburbs idea. I kinda liked it but was a little daunted with how it’d work out artistically. It’s also based on that fear-mongering Trump campaign commercial. More about that in a minute.

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Yeah, no, but dogs know more words than Donald Trump.

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I liked my cowboys. I still may do something with this concept. Republicans are such hypocrites without any principles. Donald Trump could start blowing chemtrails out his ass and they’d all be like, “yay, ass chemtrails!”.

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I didn’t draw this one because I figured someone else would too. I haven’t seen it yet. Yet.

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I was trying to do something here with an empty convention and it wasn’t working.

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Do you know that commercial from the Trump Campaign where someone’s trying to call the police but there aren’t any because they’ve been defunded and it’s showing violent scenes and warning that’ll be Joe Biden’s America, yet all the footage is from Trump’s America? This cartoon is based on that. Next, they’ll say Joe Biden’s America will kill over 150,000 Americans with a virus.

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I liked this one. The Trump photo-op national tour.

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As you see, I started to draw this cartoon. The entire thing was going to be one huge crowd scene. Yes, Waldo would have been included. In the middle of it, I stopped and did something else. I’m glad too. By the way, I threw an alien in there for shits and giggles and that was before the Demon Sperm Alien DNA lady came out.

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I was going to draw this one but change the guy to a mom in a yellow shirt. I may bring it back depending on how things develop.

Are any of these good? Should I have made an official cartoon out of any of them? If so, tell me which ones.

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

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Roughing It, Volume 56


Enjoy all the roughs here today because next week, you may not get any.

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Last week was a good week. From a large batch of roughs, my editor liked four ideas. It’s too bad we can only go with one. Here’s the one.

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I totally winged it when I drew Mickey for the rough. After it was approved, I had to go look the rat up. Honestly I was never a Mickey Mouse fan. I wasn’t into Disney. I couldn’t understand anything Donald Duck said. Goofy kinda freaked me out and why was Pluto more like an actual dog? Also, if you’re going to wear shirts, wear some pants. I was a Warner Brothers kid. Those cartoonists, like Chuck Jones (who I like to pretend is a relative) were geniuses. Walt Disney…not so much.

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This one became a real cartoon.

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This is one I don’t like very much now. It’s just not there for me.

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I probably thought this was funny and made sense when I drew it.

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Meh.

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Another meh. The sippy cup doesn’t make it into every rough.

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This may have been a stretch.

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I intended to do this carton. I didn’t get around to it. I still could although, I still hate using cliffs in cartoons.

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I kinda like this one though it’s a challenge artwise. It’s hard to have Trump holding the sign above his head because his arm doesn’t fit his body this way and his hair is in the way.

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I later got a different idea for this subject on Tucker Carlson’s attacks on a wounded veteran.

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I liked this one too and intended to draw it. I still may.

Which cartoons are your favorites?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 55


Time for roughs.CNNrough845

I had this idea a few days before CNN chose it.

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I wasn’t thrilled to draw this because I don’t really enjoy drawing monuments. But I think it worked out. I changed it up a bit.

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I really liked this idea and drew and published it last Saturday.

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I was expecting get a lot of shit over this one.

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But it didn’t happen. I changed up the text in the first panel. I wanted to make it meaner.

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I knew this was a good idea when the each of the few people who saw it at this stage liked it.

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I created a new canvas when I went to draw the cartoon, then I realized I liked the rough. So I kept that and just drew on top of it, thickening lines, touching up this and that, redoing the lettering, stuff like that. I like it when that happens. I left the “nyet” alone.

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I think a few of my ideas from the previous week stink. This is one of them.

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I thought this was OK.

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Yeah, this sucks.

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He’s supposed to be dressed like that St. Louis Karen lady. I’m not sure it works.

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I think this idea is just acceptable, but it’s not great. I do like the way I drew Trump.

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I didn’t finish a word in that second speech balloon. I do that a lot with roughs. I think my editors at CNN have learned to read through those glitches. My editor liked this one.

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Some people liked this one.

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I don’t think anybody liked this one.

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So I drew this last week and I really dug it. I showed it to my “protege” Alexandra and she loved it. So I felt it was good except I had just drawn a similar scene.

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But after SCOTUS ruled on Trump’s taxes, I did another version of it. I almost drew this Friday night, but Donald Trump pardoned Roger Stone and I had to go with that. I still plan to draw a cartoon on this subject but I’ve decided on a different idea. Still, I like this one.

Which cartoons are your faves?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

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Roughing It, Volume 54


Kids, It’s time for roughs.

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This might have been my favorite cartoon of the week. I was going to send it to my newspaper clients but then thought it might work well for CNN Opinion’s newsletter, so I saved it for them. They said yes.

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As you see, it went from just two European stereotypes to four.

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I heard this analogy along with a lot of others, but I thought it would make a funny cartoon.

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Plus, I like drawing big butts. I can not lie. Some of my clients must like big butts too, at least the alt weekies did. The daily papers who subscribe to me, not so crazy about the big butts.

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I kinda liked this one. I considered making it an official cartoon.

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I tried a few statue ideas with Trump. I didn’t like any of them.

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See? I didn’t like this one.

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I thought this had potential. Later, I saw a few other cartoonists do the same concept, so that killed it for me.

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Again, I saw some other cartoonists do the same concept. Dead!

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That’s supposed to be Mike Pence. See what happened here? My brain gets so busy that I was thinking of “rally” when I was lettering “Trump” for the sign. After the “T,” I went into “Rally” without finishing it…and yeah…I’m surprised I ever get anything done. Funny thing is, I didn’t notice this until way later AFTER I had sent it to my editors at CNN. Bad thing is, I did it again this week. You’ll see that next week.

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This one sucks.

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This makes me chuckle though I don’t think it’s good enough.

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That last ramp idea led to this ramp idea. And when I drew this, I was thinking, “Where’s Dr. Birx been?” And then she came back.

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I did like this one and it was a contender. I had planned to draw and send to my clients, but then something else came up to replace it. As usual, I don’t remember what that was. I should take notes.

Which cartoons are your favorites?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 53


Here are the roughs from the week before that weren’t about the Tulsa rally.

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My editor actually came up with this concept based on Donald Trump bragging he taught everyone about Juneteenth. All I had to do was write and draw it.

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I thought for sure I’d have to change something but nope. My editor was cool with all of it. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he read it.

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I drew a few that I didn’t like at all. This is one of them.

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This is another one.

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I really wanted to do something with John Bolton just because drawing his mustache is so much fun. Yosemite Sam is also fun to draw but this cartoon wasn’t very good.

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I kinda like this one. It’s goofy.

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I thought the concept was OK.

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Same concept.

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I almost drew this one.

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And I almost drew this one.

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I liked this one too.

 

Roughing It, Volume 52


Hey, kids. Can you believe it’s been a week since Donald Trump’s Tulsa hate rally? Each of these ideas was drawn out before the rally.

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This one turned into a finalized cartoon.

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Cartoonists always hate drawing grass and crowds…except for me.

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I had this idea before the one I made a real cartoon out of.

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I kinda like Trump as a bubble boy. I guess you can say Trump supporters are his Moops. Only a few of you will get that reference.

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Looking at this one, I had to think…what? Now I see I was thinking of this as the entrance to the rally and these were banned items. Masks and Bolton-type mustaches. Yeah, not every idea is a winner.

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This was supposed to be a petri dish but I think it turned out more like a canned ham. If this had worked, I think I would have really enjoyed drawing the teeny tiny crowd. As it turned out, the crowd was tiny.

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Did I mention not every idea is a winner?

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I wasn’t in love with this but I kinda liked it.

Seven ideas and only one was worth a shit. Do you agree or is there another one in here you like?

There will be another blog post of roughs tomorrow. There were so many, I decided to break them up.

Roughing It, Volume 51


I think I drew too many roughs last week. Let’s check them out.

CNNrough809I wasn’t sure if this idea worked. I think I came up with it on a Thursday. I asked my two proofers if they got it. I thought it either works really well or it’s total garbage. Then my CNN editor wanted it. I knew it worked then.

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I was very happy with it.

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I knew this would work well.

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And it made Politico. I changed it from Trump to a GOP elephant because I didn’t think I had enough creative license to draw Trump praying.

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I knew this would work too and it’d be popular with my readers.

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I was right.

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Yeah, this one wasn’t very good.

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As it turns out, the wrong racist symbol for Trump.

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Now that I see this again, I really don’t like it.

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I did like this one.

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This was OK but I’m so tired of the Klansmen…and they keep coming up.

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I have another idea with this concept I may end up drawing.

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I like this one. It may come back.

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I did this one on Trump wanting a retraction and apology from CNN because he didn’t like a poll they conducted.

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I was all set to draw this one, then something else happened. Since this was two weeks ago, I don’t remember what it was.

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I saved this one for last because an apology has to come with it. Hilary, one of my excellent proofreaders, loved it and I told her I was going to draw it. I didn’t it. It too was overtaken by another issue. I’m sorry, Hilary.

Unless you’re Hilary, which cartoons are your favorites?

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performer busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 50


Here are the roughs from the week before. There are too many.

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In this case, it’s an idea I wasn’t sure of.

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But I guess I was wrong. CNN wanted it and a lot of people leaving comments liked it too. One person praised the tie which is something I nearly forgot to include. My only issue with it was I didn’t know if the idea here was unique.

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I thought I was on the right track with this one…but I wasn’t there yet.

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And then this came. I was very intimidated by the concept of laying out the street lettering.

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I really liked this one and I started to draw it.

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But after roughing it, I decided to do something else. I wish I could remember what that was now. I still like it and I’m kinda sad I never got around to finishing and publishing it.

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I kinda liked this one.

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Sometimes I get ahead of my brain while lettering.

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I liked this one too but you gotta choose wisely anytime you make a Klan reference. If you don’t with with this administration, you’ll be drawing nothing but klansmen (which I did yesterday).

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I thought this was either brilliant or bad. One proofer got it and the other didn’t. So it’s probably more bad than brilliant. That’s OK because I wasn’t looking forward to drawing it.

 

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This one wasn’t quite there.

CNNrough792See, that’s supposed to get Wimpy from Popeye. That’s his name, right? Wimpy? Whatever. One of my proofers really liked this one. I didn’t really get off on it as I was never a fan of Popeye. Wimpy’s probably the best thing to come out of that comic. Popeye sucks.

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I really liked the concept of this even if the idea needed some fine-tuning. I probably could have come up with something better for that last panel.

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I think this artwork was more inspired by my days in Manhattan. Damn, I miss the city.

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Fucking Kayleigh McEnany. One of my proofers bristled at this because of the Hitler reference.

Which ones are your favorites? Leave a comment here, on Twitter, or Facebook and let me know.

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performing busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.

Roughing It, Volume 48


Let’s check out some roughs from the previous week.

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I took this cartoon…

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…and this cartoon…

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…to create this cartoon for CNN. There has been so much stupid insane bullshit coming from the White House over the past two weeks (OK, more than usual), that I haven’t been able to capture everything.

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I don’t know why I was on a balcony kick last week.

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But I was.

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I debated this cartoon against a few other ideas and ultimately drew it.

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And it’s one of the most popular cartoons I’ve drawn this year…so far.

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I kinda like this one. My only concern was that it might have flown over heads.

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I didn’t like this one very much.

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I didn’t like this idea but I wanted to do the subject. I never did. I hate that. Shit.

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I rejected this one pretty quickly because so many others were making the same comparison and I didn’t want to focus on riots. I drew this before my trip to New York. I’m glad I didn’t do it. But now, I think I may do something with Kaepernick. Subscribers, check your inbox tomorrow (subscribing is free).

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I didn’t draw this one mostly because I wanted to get away from fat-shaming…even if it is Donald Trump. I don’t want to hit innocent people when I’m trying to hit Trump. Plus, I’ve put on a few pounds during this pandemic. Mmmmm….bacon and ice cream.

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See? Too much insane shit at once preventing me from hitting everything. What a freaking maniac this guy is.

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I liked this point. In fact, I thunk it up all by myself. I even did the math. Yeah, I don’t math.

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I almost drew this one.

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This was boring which to me is the greatest cartoon sin. But yeah, fuck Mark Zuckerberg.

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This one may have been a stretch to get. Yeah, I know it has a typo. Also, fuck Donald Trump.

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Sometimes I feel the need to throw in a little color to help the idea get across when I do a rough. This is basic watercolor over pencil. I rarely use the watercolor option in my digital program but it’s easy to use and I don’t have to create another layer, so it’s great for roughs. I nearly did this cartoon and I was thinking of several different ways to present it. Then, I saw something similar so I let it go. Bye, cartoon idea. Bye.

Leave a comment, tweet at me, or post under the link on Facebook which of these you like the most.

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performing busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.