January 21, 2017 By Steve
The White House Civil Wars.
Full page in Sunday’s LA Times.
Mark Meadows (Freedom Caucus.)
THE COURT OF KING DONALD I
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I was working on a big Hillary Inauguration piece for the LA Times in October and got pretty far with it. The idea was to have all the important characters in Washington and media at the ceremony all smeared with orange slime.
Then, well, you know.
I needed, as we all did, time to figure out what had just happened. Gradually the replacement became clearer: President Pumpkin was, as a tin pot autocrat, to himself and his followers, a kind of king. Then I thought of Goya’s magnificent portrait of King Charles IV of Spain, where he mercilessly caricatured them (and they loved it, BTW.) Charles is a nothing, an empty vessel. You can make this case for Trump. He sells whatever the “mark” is buying. The family of Cankerous Cumquat is roughly the same size. The gilt-edged lifestyle, also a good fit. So I began.
Here’s the final, details and process shots. It is darned good to be an illustrator when your deepest feelings can find a form. I marched around DC with a lot of you yesterday. Both things gave me the same feeling. That we are at the beginning of a movement of great power. Let us hope.
It took a couple of weeks to finish with the absolutely wonderful support of Susan Brenneman and Wesley Bausmith at the Times.
Kushners, Priebus, Christie, Conway.
Price, Mattis & Co
Stephen Bannon, The American Bystander.
The Legacy of Obama.
Trump and the Khans. The Nation.
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