The only reason...

...and I mean the ONLY reason I'd want McCain as president is so I can enjoy Tom Toles' drawings of his big babyhead.


And the Beat Gets Squashed

As you can see, a considerable amount of distortion resulted from my long 'n skinny portrait of Bill Burroughs being crammed into an 8 1/2 x 11 cover for Beat Scene. Ordinarily I'da cursed a blue streak about it, but in this case, I felt the squashing actually improved the likeness a good deal. (I sometimes try a little digital squash and stretch myself when trying to get Linda Lavin to look less like Peter Tosh or some such.) Plus the publication itself is exceedingly hip, and I think the cover as a whole is pretty fetching. Thanks to Kevin Ring and the fine folks at Beat Scene.


Class of '53

I've been hammering out a few practice sketches from the 1953 Garnet and Black (the University of South Carolina annual). I'm not going to post the original photos because that will reveal how far off the mark my likenesses are. Anyway, these were scanned directly from lil' teeny tiny sketches, hence their lo-res appearance.

This here's Wilfred Day Novit, an Outstanding Senior. Google turns up nothing about him, so I suppose he took that education back to the farm, never curing tennis elbow or arguing in front of the Supreme Court or winning a Pulitzer for his expose on Jackie Kennedy's hats. What a waste. He may as well have gone to art school!

As far as I can tell, Miss Bobbie Ward wasn't a student, but a "sponsor" of Pi Kappa Phi. Never having been a beer-funneling fraternity douchebag, I have no idea what that means. I suppose the Pi Kappa boys just passed her around like a doob. Poor kid. You can't tell from my portrait, but she was cute as hell and deserved much better.

Flee, Puny Humans!

Illustration for the fine folks at the Student Press Law Center.


Your inner dyke?

Sorta-kinda Ellen Degeneres I just finished for The Progressive. Seems she's been announced as a new model for Cover Girl makeup and Kate Clinton, author of the piece, wonders what sort of demographic Ellen is supposed to attract.

Fortunately for Cover Girl, Ellen will make a much more photogenic spokesgal than my portrait suggests.