The $700 Billion Question
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
Leanne Shapton at The New York Times Op-Ed called with this Letters illustration on the bailout plan for rescuing America's financial institutions. It appeared in yesterday's paper. I don't often use scanned objects in my art, though when I do it tends to be currency. This was my first assignment with Leanne, and I enjoyed working with her very much.
Above are my sketches, done in about two hours. Sketch #2 was used as it appears, slightly cropped and in black and white. In # 1 and 2 I'm using Greek myths in my concepts: Atlas with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and Sisyphus ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain. I wanted to use an image of Prometheus chained to a rock with an eagle pecking his liver, but was unable to make it work.
Here's a previous NY Times Op-Ed Letters illustration on tax reform, also using a scanned penny.