Yesterday saw the publication of the second part of a three part election series i'm illustrating for the covers of the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. The series covers three areas of the elections - the presidential debates, campaign ads, and voting. The pieces are a fun but informative overview of the mechanics behind the making of the next president and draw on some nice references to help the explanations along.
Yesterdays piece covered campaign ads, likening them to toy and cereal commercials with a negative bent. The negative advertising of a product with a generous coating of untruths and a frosted sprinkling of exaggerated facts. Delicious.
Romney & Obama have been taken back to a more playful age for this series, around 13 years old
which allows a little more fantasy. I sketched out a few ideas of talking heads, adding bodies onto the TV sets and having them playfight or mock each other directly. The Romneybot Vs. Obama Flakes idea made the final cut.
Back a couple of weeks to the first piece in the series which covered the presidential debates and shows the two candidates cramming. Quite static, concentrated poses as the two study so the sketches fill out with various study aids and references to their aspiration of playing an important role in the nations future. Windows/chalkboards and shelves of books forming the stars & stripes as a backdrop in a couple of the sketches.
Working with Susana Sanchez on these has been so much of fun! The final piece in the series is published November 4th and looks at the voting process.