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The Drawing Board
Interested in illustration? Drawing images that accompany news stories is a privilege that news illustrator Thomas Marsh relishes. Here’s a chance to look over his shoulder and see how he does it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Leaders of the Free World


A while back, while digging through my storage area at home for Christmas decorations, I came across some old caricatures of US presidents done during my first year of college. I thought, “Oh yeah! I remember these!” Then I sat down on the edge of a cardboard box and started looking through them. What I discovered was that they, for the most part, really, really, … er could have been done a whole lot better. They had originally been done just for fun, but at the same time were pledged for a Spring art show that year at Ashland Community College.
So despite the enjoyment I was to have in creating these images, I had obligated myself to a deadline that although still distant, would soon be looming large. I figured my enthusiasm for the subject matter (I’m big into presidential history), would carry me through the project without problem. And I cranked these suckers out, one after the other. They were simply done, primarily flat watercolor renderings on 7”x10” illustration board. Some of them were decent, though not exaggerated too far. But most were flat out wrong.
So I was inspired anew, and with this historic year of President Obama, I decided to take another crack at them. So I’ll be posting images from time to time adding critiques and sharing some insight.