Showing posts with label caricature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label caricature. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 2: Steve Brodner in Baltimore

Steve Brodner will be speaking on Johns Hopkins' Homewood Campus at 5:30 on March 2. See the image for more details.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mike Jenkins' Capital Artworks

Mike is a local caricaturist who lives in Northern Va.

From his Facebook page:

Capital Artworks' personalized art entertains with caricatures at an event or art for a special gift. See to see what we're up to!


Capital Artworks was started by award winning Editorial Cartoonist Mike Jenkins after he left the newspaper business. Combining his caricature skills with his ability to express a unique angle on a story graphically, Capital Artworks was born. By hiring only the best caricature artists, vetted and trusted by Mike personally, to meet his high standards, Capital Artworks entertains at events big and small alike and to create that perfect gift for a milestone event.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Rajan Sedalia

Sedalia working on a caricature.
Rajan Sedalia was a volunteer caricaturist at the Cartoons and Cocktails fundraiser this fall, donating the cost of a sketch to the charity. A cartoon he donated also raised additional money. Sedalia has some creative urges beyond cartooning - recently The Washington Post outed Rajan as a yarn-bomber.

ComicsDC: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

I have an egg & sperm comic strip. It started because I am fascinated by the things we do, and things we say to camouflage those feelings.

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination? 

I always start with a pencil or prismacolor pencil. Then, I'll add black ink and go digital from there. I've been sketching on tablets, as well.

What neighborhood or area do you live in? 

I live in Brookland, and will be opening my studio within a few months. It will hold graffiti classes, live art and English as a third language class for dogs.

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

I attended art schools and university in Ohio and Michigan.

Who are your influences? 

Chuck Jones and James Brown.

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change? 

I would be born from wealthy, and well-connected parents.

What work are you best-known for?  

I don't know.

What work are you most proud of? 


What would you like to do or work on in the future? 

I would like to continue doing with I'm doing.

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block? 

Exercise and take a nap.

What do you think will be the future of your field? 
His finished caricature of our beloved founder.

What future?

What's your favorite thing about DC? 

It's getting bike friendly.

Least favorite? 

De facto segregation.

What monument or museum do you like to take visitors to? 

I enjoy them all, particularly in the warm weather.

Do you have a website or blog?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

KAL's take on Poe, now in your local bar

As he's noted on his Facebook page, Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher drew a caricature of Edgar Allen Poe for The Raven Special Lager beer. These were bought in Alexandria at Total Wine in Landmark.


Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bob Staake featured in today's Post

Bob Staake is featured in today's Washington Post for a decade of weekly contest drawings.

Bob Staake's favorite cartoons of 20 years of Style Invitational
Washington Post March 3 2013

Bob Staake establishes the zaniness to the unwary of the Invitational. Bob started illustrating the weekly contest example in 1994, and he's drawn close to 1,000 images.

and a biographical note:

The art (or 'art') of the Invitational
By Pat Myers,
Washington Post (March 3 2013).
online at

Friday, February 15, 2013

Give me some old school PSAs

PSA's (aka Public Service Announcements) still exist, but are probably not as noticable to most in our media saturated environment.  As you might expect, cartoonists and cartoon characters are often a part of them. Of course, they also serve as an advertisement for the cartoon itself. Here's a current one that I walked past for a couple of months (excuse the cell phone quality):

Bambi Disney prevent forest fires poster

This Blondie panel from 1970 was in a newspaper in the National Museum of Health and Medicine:


These comics of the Pink Panther, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, and Mutt & Jeff all come from Navy medical newspapers or newsletters.

13-0032-004 Pink Panther NRMC Orlando 197907

13-0032-005 Pink Panther NRMC Orlando 197908

13-0032-003 Blondie NNMC News 197112

13-0032-001 Beetle Bailey NNMC News 197102

13-0032-002 Mutt and Jeff by Al Smith NNMC News 197111

Speaking of Mutt and Jeff, cartoonist Al Smith drew it for about 50 years. Here he is entertaining patients at a 1971 visit to Bethesda's National Naval Medical Center.

13-0031 Al Smith

Caricaturist Jack Rosen visited Naval Hospital Orlando in 1979.

13-0032-006 Caricaturist Jack Rosen NRMC Orlando 197911

Of course, sometimes an ad is just an ad. This US Postal Service Mover's Guide Official Change of Address Kit, January 2013, has a Disney advertisement, and is available right now from your local post office.

Disney USPS moving envelope

These are minor footnotes in a larger history of comics, but hopefully enterained you briefly.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama, after Kal UPDATED


KAL gave a great presentation at an exhibit a few days ago. He talked about his career and political cartooning for an hour and a half, and it was great fun throughout. (The drawing above was a rush job, done on vacation at a dude ranch, and colored with a children's watercolor set.)





At the very end of his talk, he took the audience of about 30 people through a lesson in how to draw Obama. His was better, naturally, but it's pretty amazing that he got us to draw a recognizable caricature.
The exhibit, which includes some original artwork by KAL, is open for a few more days. If you go, make sure you see the second part of the exhibit downstairs.




January 4 - January 26, 2013
Studio Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7pm
Saturday, 1 - 6pm
  2108 R Street N.W. Washington, DC 20008   |   |   202.232.8734

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A flea market miscellany

Here's some of the oddball stuff I picked up last weekend:

Bull 195303 blotter

Bull of the Woods by J.R. Williams cartoon desk blotter / calendar from Vogt Roller Co, Chicago, IL in March 1953.

Bill Clinton Inauguration '93 superhero button

Bill Clinton superhero caricature on an Inauguration '93 button.

 Bart Simpson JHUHP button
A counterfeit Bart Simpson saying "I belong to The Johns Hopkins Health Plan. Why In The Hell Don't You!" on an advertising button.

Nutty Awards 4 postcard by Jack Davis

Nutty Awards #4 postcard by Jack Davis.  Topps produced 30 of these in 1965.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kal Draws Bill Clinton

Kevin Kallaugher of Baltimore writes in

I have just posted a video and sketches from the recent "World in 2011 Festival" in NYC where I was the official artist. Guests included  Bill Clinton, Commander of the US Navy Admiral Roughead, Celebrity Chef Jose Andres  and Grammy award winning artist Loudon Wainwright III.

You can view them here:

Kevin Kallaugher
The KAL iPhone App is now available at the iTunes store.

and to bring it all back home, while Clinton was a famous person in Washington, Jose Andres (pictured above) lives here and started his restaurant empire with the excellent Jaleos, featuring Spanish tapas.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Palm restaurant caricature pictures incidentally in Post

Palm restaurant caricature pictures appeared incidentally in Post today, in an article on waiters who remember orders as opposed to writing them down. The article, oddly enough, appeared above the fold on the front page so one could seen Brant Parker's Wizard of Id in the background by the waiter's head.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Mardi Gras parade with life-size Thompson finger puppets

The planning:


Design sketches for BonoTom's Richard Thompson-influenced entry at the Clarendon Mardi Gras parade in Arlington, VA.


The parade on Fat Tuesday in Clarendon, Arlington, Va:

The Secret Service clotheslined the guy in the vest seconds after this picture was taken.


That's the head of last year's float.

A print of two of Thompson's caricatures is wrapped around the beads they're tossing.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Reminder: Tuesday's Mardi Gras Parade in Arlington...

...will feature large Richard Thompson figures for the second year in a row. I'll be there, and he might as well. Remember to ask for your free Petey tattoo if you recognize him.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gaiman's Newbery Medal

Neil Gaiman won a Newbery Medal yesterday for 'The Graveyard Book,' which is a fun little novel about a boy whose family is assassinated, but he's protected by ghosts in a graveyard and grows up there until he becomes a Young Adult and wants to go out in the world - where the assassin is still waiting. The Post and the Times have stories about it: "In Fine Spirits: Newbery Judges Take Shine to Friendly Ghosts Of Gaiman's 'Graveyard'," By Bob Thompson, Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 27, 2009; C01 and "‘The Graveyard Book’ Wins Newbery Medal,"
By MOTOKO RICH, New York Times January 27, 2009

The Post also has a minor piece about Bush's caricature being in The Palms restaurant even though he never ate there.