Roughs

Roughs, Volume 106


Hello, my little bunnies. I drew 14 roughs the week before last. Check ’em out.

Rough1370

This one isn’t a rough. It’s an almost finished cartoon. What happened was, it was almost finished and then I saw another cartoon online kinda sorta similar. I could have gone ahead and published it but I just wasn’t comfortable with it. I know it’s a point that more than one other cartoonist has made, but still….and then I thought of my Alamo idea. So around 9:00 A.M. that morning, I started over.

A few years ago, another cartoonist who posted a cartoon just like mine (and had even commented on it on social media) claimed he didn’t steal it but was in the middle of his cartoon when he saw mine, and he thought since he didn’t steal it that it’d be OK to go ahead and publish his version (that he claims he didn’t steal). Giving him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t steal it, I thought it was still a very unethical and shitty thing for him to do. Then, The Washington Post reprinted his. I don’t talk to him anymore.

Rough1381

This is what was chosen for the CNN Opinion newsletter. I really liked this one. I actually roughed it out twice but I’m just going to show you the first one.

Rough1382

I later turned this rough into a completed cartoon.

Rough1380

I know a few cartoonists who have drawn more than one Texas Taliban cartoon. Admittedly, I was planning on it and drew several roughs with the concept, but I got over it. However, I did NOT do any Handmaid Tales or coat hanger cartoons. OK, there is one, OK, two coat hanger roughs in here but in my defense, they really suck.

Rough1379

I liked this one. I should have drawn it. Maybe I will. And, yes. I’m getting tired of drawing cowboys.

Rough1378

See? Texas Taliban. I’m glad I didn’t draw this one because I think the Taliban helicopter story, that was debunked later, has expired beyond its shelf life. I do like this image. OK, it has a cowboy helicopter pilot…maybe I’m not tired of drawing cowboys.

Rough1377

I think I told you in the last batch of roughs that the next one (this one) would include a delivery truck cartoon. It’s not good, it has coat hangers, but no cowboys. Yee-haw.

Rough1376

My editor at CNN liked this one while I didn’t. I talked her out of it and you can’t go with everything. I just now noticed I didn’t finish spelling “Taliban.” What distracted me? I’m blaming COVID.

Rough1375

I think she liked this one too. I don’t remember for sure. I liked it well enough. For me, it’s one of those ideas that I’m not in love with that I can live with.

Rough1374

Sometimes you gotta try something that doesn’t work. This is one of those results. And yes, the horns are coat hangers. But…no cowboys. Just a cow.

Rough1373

This was actually my very first Texas/Taliban idea and then I saw Matt Davies do something similar…and then a few others did it too. Years ago, I did an Atticus Finch with a Trump sign cartoon (if you don’t know what book that’s from, get off my blog), and Matt messaged me that he had the same thing on his drawing table when he saw mine, so he threw his away (it probably wasn’t that much of a sacrifice because Matt’s brilliant and probably had six other great ideas to choose from). Matt has ethics and that was the right thing to do. I’ll never forget he did that. Him, I still talk to (maybe to his chagrin).

Rough1372

I don’t remember when I sketched this one out but I did something else on the Texas abortion ban and Uber. I like drawing people in stocks. It’s such a funny pose…in a horrible way.

Rough1369

Oh, yeah. This is the thing I did with an Uber driver in Texas. If you’re an Uber driver in Texas…or anyone in Texas, I’m so sorry. Look! A cowboy, a cow, and a Dallas Cowboy.

Rough1371

My editor also liked this one and I liked the image, but I thought the message was a bit too easy-going. I like being more brutal.

Do you have a favorite? Which cartoons should I have drawn? Should I draw more cowboys?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are FIVE copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 105


I drew all of these on the day of the terrorist attack at the Kabul Airport. I was set on drawing a cartoon on that event but I had to pull back because there wasn’t enough information available. Since the cartoon I would be drawing wouldn’t be published for three days, I knew I couldn’t do the Kabul attack. You don’t want to do a cartoon going off on ISIS-K and then right before the cartoon is published, it turns out Richard Simmons masterminded the whole thing, or something like that. So I went with covid stuff. There are still a few roughs here on the Kabul attack.

Rough1362

I really liked this one. I may go back and do it at some point. I really hate people who say, “Don’t tread on me” while they’re stepping on other people.

Rough1354

This was the first rough drawn on the day of the attack but I don’t remember if I drew it before or after the attack. I think I drew it before and my focus was that Afghanistan would once again be home for terrorists groups…even though in the treaty signed with Trump and Pompeo, the Taliban promised they won’t let that happen. I know I’m gonna sleep better knowing that (sarcasm). 

Rough1368

This is the rough that became the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter. I was very happy with the selection.

Rough1367

This might be my favorite. It’s goofy, silly and well, you know me.

Rough1366

I’m glad we did NOT go with this one. I’m not in love with it.

Rough1365

This is OK.

Rough1364

I had this same idea a few weeks ago but I don’t remember if I roughed it out. Did I? I’m counting on your memory to be better than mine.

Rough1363

Ya’ see, because pork prices are going up because of fucknuts taking the livestock de-wormer crap. If I have to explain it, it doesn’t work. 

Rough1361

I don’t know if this works or not, but I like the idea of a cow tending bar. I bet the White Russians would be amazing and moorific. You know, because they’re made with cream…and cream comes from cows…and if I have to explain that joke, it doesn’t work.

Rough1360

This is another one where I think I might like it before I draw it…and then not so much after.

Rough1359

Anything with a cow works for me. They always moove me. Get it? Moo? Tap, tap, tap. Is this thing on?

Rough1358

I made a tweet about this, I think. 

Rough1357

There’s a delivery truck in the next batch of roughs too, which you’ll see next week. And again, the Grim Reaper is a cliché but he’s fun to draw. 

Rough1356

Any cartoon that has the word “jackass” works for me. If I could write a cartoon with a cow calling someone a “jackass”…

Rough1355

I like this point. I also like the layout. I do this about once a year but it’s really hard to pull off because you gotta land everything right. I am probably not the first who’s ever done two panels this way but I’ve definitely seen it a few times since I first drew it. 

There will be a video for these but I don’t know when I’m going to make it. 

Which of these are your favorites? Do they have cows?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are FIVE copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 104


I drew 13 roughs last week. All of these were created a week before the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport, so keep that in mind. A few of these grew up to become real cartoons while the window has closed on the rest.

Rough1344

This is one that may have been turned into an official cartoon for my clients on another day, but better ideas pushed it aside.

Rough1351

My editor at CNN really liked this but I thought I could improve it with some comedic timing, so I took a second shot at it.

Rough1353

This is the second shot and it worked. It was the basis for the CNN cartoon that week.

Rpogh1350

I never did do a cartoon on booster shots. This was not the right idea. In hindsight, it’s frivolous. 

Rough1352

I don’t really like this one either.

Rough1349

Meh.

Rough1348

This idea was getting somewhere. Did I do something on this? Let me consult my files. Yes! I did do something on this. I can’t remember what I drew yesterday. 

Rough1347

I had one issue with this. Even though I’m using Islamic names (some not spelled correctly. It’s a rough. Sue me), I was afraid I’d be accused of being Islamophobic. But, I did like the concept of the Taliban wading through the murkiness of government bureaucracy. They were responsible for it two decades ago, but I don’t think they did a great job with it. ISIS also created a government and infrastructure when they created an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. 

Rough1346

Ya’ know how they say, “Never go with your first idea?” This is a first idea and I didn’t go with it. And, it’s not too bad. 

Rough1345

I don’t think I got this where I wanted it, so I moved on.

Rough1343

I moved onto Mr. Taliban Head. I really liked this one. Drawing a Jihad Potato Head is too much fun.

Rough1341

This is me trying something on boosters and I couldn’t really get it. A couple days later, a friend and colleague did a booster seat cartoon that’s kinda close to this concept. I sent him a text congratulating him for making it work when I couldn’t. 

Rough1342

I kinda liked this one. Trumpsters hate General Milley because he put the nation before Trump. Also, the last time I drew this guy, I totally nailed it. I wanted to draw him again. 

Which of these are your faves? And, yes. There are videos of them being drawn.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are FIVE copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 103


I drew twelve roughs the week before last. Yes, I did record them.

Rough1331

I love Schmebruary. I was totally going to draw this one until one of my readers said I should do a cartoon on a deep-state calendar, and totally ruined it for me.

Rough1340

I liked this one so much that I went ahead posted it on social media after the reinstatement failed to happen. I shared it because I knew I wasn’t going to make an official carton out of it. I had just covered the reinstatement failure and I thought this cartoon would be be overkill. I felt different about the Shmebruary cartoon. Maybe I’ll resurrect one of them when the Trump presidency fails to resurrect at the next selected date.

Rough1339

I think this was my first stab on the anti-science crowds threatening school boards members in Tennessee over school mask mandates. This was definitely not good enough.

Rough1338

Then I drew this and it became the cartoon for last week’s opinion newsletter by CNN. I really liked it and had fun with another crowd scene.

Rough1337

I thought this would be a fun point to make in regards to Cuomo, but I knew someone else would make the very same point. That’s OK and cartoonists often make the same points as each other, but this wasn;t strong enough to join in. I do enjoy drawing political conventions which I was robbed of last year because of Covid.

Rough1335

I don’t know what I was doing here, but it definitely didn’t work. It did lead to something better.

Rough1336

Which was this. This idea went from the rough to being a finished and published cartoon.

Rough1334

I didn’t get around to drawing this one because I didn’t love it. But it’s always safe to draw a weather cartoon. Editors love them which means they’re usually not very good. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, you do believe it has been hot.

Rough1333

I like this one. I might bring it back because we all know Rand Paul isn’t done demonstrating he’s an idiot with science. Plus, the bird. 

Rough1332

I didn’t finish this cartoon, but it did lead to the next one.

Rough1330

And it pissed off a lot of hillbillies. And honestly it’s not fair. Not everyone in rural America is a banjo player. 

Rough1329

I was in the process of drawing this when I got an idea I like better…which I think was two dogs watching TV. I didn’t even get around to drawing the fish in the fish bowl in this one.

Which of these are your favorites?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are SIX copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 102


This batch of roughs is from the first week of August. And yes, there will be a video of these. The big topic last week was Cuomo, DeSantis, Florida, Trump’s insurrection, and the Delta Variant.

Rough1326

I kinda like this one while not being in love with it. I didn’t know what label to put on the door. Yes, that’s supposed to be Andrew Cuomo. I drew this before he resigned.

Rough1320

This is the rough that became the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter. I am very glad they chose this one. I thought it was a strong cartoon while also being morbidly funny.

Rough1327

I doubt this one works at all. It was also drawn before he resigned.

Rough1325

I didn’t think this one was very clever so I’m surprised another cartoonist hasn’t drawn it yet. 

Rough1324

Maybe I should have drawn this one. But, I did make the same argument in a cartoon I did publish. But then again, I may resurrect it when the Matt Gaetz stuff comes back into the headlines.

Rough1323

This is me trying something I wasn’t in love with. I’ll often draw something and then realize after it’s finished, or even during the drawing, that it’s not what I want to do. A lot of times I will draw an idea to flesh out the one I want. It’s kinda like summoning a demon. “Hey, cartoon demon. If you don’t show up with the right idea soon, we’re in danger of this shitty one being published.” He’ll usually show up shortly after in a panic saying, “I’m so sorry. We can’t let that happen. Here’s the right idea. See you tomorrow.”

I’ll often look at a rough and tell myself, “This isn’t it, but it’s on the way to it.”

Rough1321

This idea became a published cartoon. I’ll take just about any opportunity where I get to draw Elvis, a gopher, an alien, a Cyber Ninja, an alligator, MyPillow Guy, Tucker, Trump, and Trumpy Bear. 

Rough1319

This was definitely one that was not “it.” But, it did lead to the one I did draw for CNN. The process works…sometimes.

Rough1328

This one became an actual cartoon also and I think I found it funnier than my readers did. I couldn’t stop giggling to myself when I thought of it and yet on social media, it kinda bombed.

Rough1322

I kinda liked this one. The fact is, Donald Trump tried to remain as president illegally. He was trying to force the Justice Department to help him in his coup attempt. Even some of the goons he installed wouldn’t go along with it and he was on the verge of replacing them with other goons who were more sycophantic. I went with the cabinet cartoon over this one. All the characters in that cartoon were funnier than a janitor. 

Do you like any of these? If so, which ones? 

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are SIX copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 101


These roughs are from last week. Two of these became officially-published cartoons and I might do another from this batch.

Rough1315

I could be wrong but I don’t think I’ve drawn White House spokesperson Jen Psaki yet. Meanwhile, every Republican cartoonist has. The problem for me as a cartoonist is she doesn’t flat out lie or make crazy ass statements. That’s the same problem for conservatives in addition to her being female.

Oh yeah. This one really sucked. Man Date? C’mon, Jones.

Rough1316

I think this is OK but there’s gotta be a better way for me to do it.

Rough1312

The amazing thing about the unvaccinated is that they’re prolonging the pandemic. So are the people who continue to politicize it, who are now trying to find ways to blame those who are vaccinated. Also, Republicans are mean.

When I started this rough, I flipped it around to draw the lines because I’m better at horizontal than vertical, and doing that made the video upside down. It’s at the bottom of this blog.

Rough1314

I was going to do this cartoon early last week. It was an issue I wanted to tackle but I needed to find a way without implying the bikini bottom issue was from the Olympics. One cartoonist did a cartoon blaming the Olympics for the bikini thing, when it wasn’t them. I was very surprised the cartoonist missed it, his editors missed it, other publications that ran it missed it, readers missed it….and apparently everyone in the country missed it…except for me.

When I got this idea, I thought this was the right way to cover it. And then I forgot about it and got distracted by other issues. With tomorrow being the last day of the Olympics, this looks like another one that got away from me. But maybe now that the Olympics are over, my colleagues will stop drawing cartoons of gold medals for mental health. I swear I’ve seen at least seven of them.

Rough1313

I was going to remove this from this batch because I think I’m going to do an official cartoon of it, or one similar to it (I thought of a better way to do it). So, if you’re another cartoonist sniffing around for cartoons, please don’t steal this one. The reason I left it in here is because it’s in the video.

Rough1318

This is the rough that became the cartoon for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. It really took off on Twitter when Devin Nune’s Cow rewteeted it, which is really impressive considering cows don’t have thumbs.

Rough1317

I drew this right before I drew the rickshaw rough. I liked the layout of this cartoon and did a completed cartoon of it. But, I am getting so tired of the covid germ image. Other cartoonists love it more than I do. One of my colleagues drew three…THREE…back-to-school cartoons in the span of a week featuring the germ. Is it just me, or is that too many? I’m sure I’ll use the germ image again but it’s been over a year and a half, so it’s kinda played out. I’m sure I’ll draw it again but only when it really appeals to me. It’s tired. I’m so pessimistic.

Which of these are your faves?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are ZERO copies of my book in stock, which usually go for $45.00 each, signed. Another order will be placed soon. You may pre-order if you want. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 99


Hello, my friends and dear readers. Each of these was drawn the week before last in Procreate on the iPad and there is a video for them. Enjoy the mayhem and sloppiness.

Rough1293

I love sharks and in celebration of Shark Week, which I always forget, I give you this.

Rough1292

I gave CNN the choice between the first ugly Trump shark and the second. And these truly are some ugly sharks. CNN chose the second and since I had a lot more room, I threw in more remoras. Now, I am afraid to go into the water because if any sharks saw these cartoons comparing them to Trump, yeah, I’m shark bait.

I did watch a bit of Shark Week, but I could only take so much. I love sharks and learning stuff, but I seemed to have caught it when they were mostly showing people being eaten by sharks. 

Rough1291

The only problem with Donald Trump denying he’d ever make a coup attempt is the fact he literally made a coup attempt. He is a tin-pot banana republic dictator wannabe. Telling people you’re going to be “reinstated,” which is not a thing in this country, is something a person says who doesn’t have any regard for the Constitution. It’s also something someone says if he’s a moron.

Rough1290

Donald Trump said General Mark Milley, who was worried Trump would attempt a coup, is the last person he’d ever commit a coup with. That defense is like O.J.’s book where he writes how he could have murdered his wife, “if” he was the real killer, or when Trump says he didn’t sexually assault someone because he doesn’t find her attractive.

Rough1289

I thought this cartoon would have worked out pretty well and would have been fun to draw.

Rough1288

This cartoon could have 1,000 panels. Yes, Donald. You look like all of the above.

Rough1287

Naturally, when choosing people to commit coups with, don’t pick the guy who doesn’t like Nazis.

Rough1286

Trump, like all Nazis, doesn’t like General Milley.

Rough1285

On a slow day, even when algorithms are fucking with me, I can get at least 50 Facebook shares of a cartoon. This one didn’t even get 20. I know it’s not a bad cartoon (the finished version). The thing that gets me is, there are not enough people who cared about this issue. That kinda messes with me.

Rough1284

I almost did this cartoon last week but other things got in before it. I’m writing this blog on Saturday, July 17, and plan to wait at least a few days before publishing. So, I may still draw this Ted Cruz cartoon. Update: It’s now July 25 and I still haven’t done this cartoon. I still may unless another cartoonist comes in, sees this, goes “Bwahahahahahaha,” and steals it. 

Which of these roughs are your faves? 

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are SEVEN copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 98


This batch was drawn on my iPad in Procreate so there are videos of them for you to look forward to. How exciting is that?

Cnnrough1277

I kinda liked this one.

Cnnrough1276

I don’t think this one worked as well. You have to understand the Republican picks for the January 6 Committee will be poo-flinging monkeys…OK, maybe it does work.

Cnnrough1278

And then I got into a zone of throwing people off ledges of tall buildings. I was thinking, just how non-relevant is LinkedIn when Donald Trump doesn’t sue it?

Cnnrough1279

As I said, I got into a throwing-people-off-buildings zone. I don’t know why I drew this one with a thinner line.

Cnnrough1275

After drawing this idea to submit to CNN, I thought there might be a better way to do it. This was the very first idea I submitted to them last week…and the one they liked the most.

Cnnrough1280

So I changed it to this concept, but then I thought I may be overdoing it with the signs…so I just removed a few of them. But instead of telling my editor how it should look…

Cnnrough1281

…I went ahead and roughed it out again so she could see exactly what I had in mind. She dug it and I made sure each sign was the same in the final version, so they wouldn’t think I was being sneaky. By the way, there really are welcome mats you can purchase that say “nope.” I guess they’re un-welcome mats. I want one but I’m afraid it’ll chase away people delivering stuff.

Cnnrough1282

I did this cartoon last week and didn’t intend for this to be the rough. I was trying to get a head start on the next day so I drew this part the night before. After I felt I got enough of a head start, I sat up in bed with my laptop in my lap while watching TV and I looked at this cartoon again on the different screen…and hated the drawing. So, I got up and did it again.

Cnnrough1283

And I hated this one too. I sent both of them to be proof-read and then I trashed them. I went back and saved both of them from Facebook Messenger (you can do that) and decided to post them with a collection of roughs. I started all over again the next morning, so I didn’t get my head start.

Unfortunately, trashing these two versions in Procreate also trashed the videos, so these two aren’t included in the video below. 

Which of these roughs are your faves?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are SEVEN copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

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Roughs, Volume 97


Here are a batch of roughs from the previous week. Since each of these was drawn on the Surface Pro, there is not a video of them being drawn. My replacement Apple Pencil (for the iPad, duh) was still in transit while these were being drawn.

CNNrough1265

I really did like this one but since I had already drawn a Cosby for my clients, I was only going to draw it if CNN liked it. They did not. Also, covering the New York City mayor’s race isn’t an issue that interests everyone. For some, yeah because it’s the nation’s largest city. For others, no because it doesn’t actually affect them.

CNNrough1268

Same with this one on Cosby. I wasn’t going to draw it unless CNN liked it and they did not. To be honest, I didn’t like it either.

CNNrough1270

This is the one CNN did like and I liked it too. I had a lot of fun drawing presidents I never get to draw. I also enjoyed the blog I wrote for it. My editor made a lot of cracks about how I had been needing to brush up on my Franklin Pierce caricature.

CNNrough1274

You’re probably going to see this as a finished cartoon down the line.

CNNrough1273

This became a completed cartoon and I really liked the way came out.

CNNrough1272

I kinda liked this one, but I’ve kinda used the same concept recently with Republicans and our female dark-skinned vice-president.

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I may come back to this one. All my colleagues have drawn climate change cartoons over the past couple weeks and I should probably join them. I have to say, the older I get, the less I like hot weather which might be strange since I was mostly raised in the deep south. I want to move further north.

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I drew this but then I thought I shouldn’t do a play on his name. I’m not sure where the line is on that with anti-Semitism and it’s something a lot of conservative fucks did with President Obama and now with Vice-President Kamala Harris. I can do better than that. But, weasels are funny.

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This is one of my faves from the past week. I felt it was powerful and loved the drawing. I think the completed version may have been the first cartoon drawn after my replacement Apple pencil arrived.

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This one because an official cartoon also. It appeared on GoComics yesterday where conservatives were screaming at me for not drawing Nancy like a zombie. One of them even asked, “Who’s that supposed to be?” even though her name is in the speech balloon.

My next batch of roughs were drawn on the iPad which means there are videos for them. I’ll put them all into one for you. That’ll be fun. Which one of these roughs is your favorite?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are SEVEN copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

Watch me draw:

Roughs, Volume 95


Here’s a collection of roughs from the past week and then some.

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This rough did lead to an official cartoon.

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I came very close to making a real cartoon out of this for my clients, but I went with something else on the Trump/DOJ stuff and then it got away from me. I really did like this one though.

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This one seems just a bit too basic and obvious…which means I probably should have done it. Lately, it seems like a lot of Captain Obvious type stuff is being reprinted in major publications.

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I think I was looking for something here I didn’t find.

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I roughed this one out for CNN and they didn’t bite (no pun intended) and I didn’t either. But after Senate Republicans killed a bill on voting rights that would have only opened up debates on it, I came back to this idea. I went with this version but I drew two others.

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I didn’t like this one after creating it.

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Eh, I don’t like this one either. I went with the right one.

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I changed this one around a bit but it did lead to an official cartoon. 

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This was my second version of Juneteenth. I actually liked it better but everyone I bounced both roughs off of liked the other one.

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I like where I was going with this one but it got too wordy and complicated.

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This is another I didn’t know if I’d do…but I did…and it got big on me. A lot of my clients ran it and it went over really well at GoComics where it got a buttload of comments.

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I really like this one…a lot. But, I already invoked Aunt Jemima in a recent cartoon so I didn’t want to overdo it.

All of these roughs were drawn in Corel Painter on my Surface Pro 6. But last week, I decided to try drawing the roughs in Procreate on my iPad. I liked it. It wasn’t frustrating like it’s become with Surface and Corel. Plus, Procreate makes a video of each drawing. Since each of the videos of the roughs are only about 12 seconds long, I’m going to put them all together and make one video out of them. That’ll be new and I’ll try to do this every week.

See you soon.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are ZERO copies of my book in stock, which usually go for $45.00 each, signed. Another order will be placed soon. You may pre-order if you want. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.

Watch me draw: