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I met Tim Kaine over four years ago when he was running for Lt. Governor. I took one look at his eyebrows and thought “man, I hope you win”. He did but you don’t really get to draw the Lt. Gov much. So after four years of waiting opportunity is here. It takes a lot of work sometimes to really nail the image. You don’t want to put in too much detail as I’ve noticed with less, people recognize more. And the really cool thing about state and local politics is not as many caricatures are floating around out there as say, George Bush, Dick Cheney or Simon Cowell.
But Kaine is not one of those who is difficult to draw, and it’s not because he’s an ugly guy. Warner was much more challenging despite a rather unusual nose and gargantuan teeth and lips. I just couldn’t really make the ridiculousness of all that work on one head….but somehow Warner does. Kaine, no problem. Check it out.
Yesterday, when I turned today’s cartoon in, one of our copy editors, Nancy Gilmore, said “you forgot to raise his left eyebrow”. She’s right. Did you see the Democrat Response to the State Of The Union? It’s like that eyebrow is on a fish hook and it’s trying to escape. Next time, Nancy.
Bush was a little harder but we had plenty of time to practice as his first campaign was all over the news. I know my caricatures of the guy has changed over the years. I think the more ridiculous the drawings become is a statement of the job they’re doing.
Take a look at my most recent Bush toon. I had to draw his right ear about four times. There’s a lot of white out on the original of this toon. Sometimes it’s hard to make them match up. Democrats love it when I give him huge ears and Republicans hate it. I had one GUY write me how I should realize what a good looking guy Bush is and stop drawing him like a gorilla.