I got this cover assignment from Pam Shavalier at the Miami New times. The story revolves around a local waiter that goes from restaurant to restaurant, finding ways to file lawsuits against the owners and moving on to the next job. Pam asked me to draw him as a rat. I drew a nice rat, then Pam asked for a nastier rat. I like how alternative weeklies encourage drawings of nasty rats, so I did my best. I'm from Miami, so this was fun to do. The Miami New Times is the first paper I went to with my work down there. Brian Stauffer was the art director then, back in 1993 I think, and I started doing some illustrations for him. That's how we met, it's all been downhill from there.
I got a request to show my first sketch so here it is above, a more refined rat. The AD wanted something more filthy, showing the tail and so on, so I revised it.