October 23, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

For all our problems and tough choices I think we can feel good that we’ve started with some new ideas and fresh blood. There’s optimism in the self-renewal mechanism we have. So here’s to our new First Family in a new political and cultural neighborhood . . . in which we all join them. Even these crusty old guys here will get with the beat. This piece in the current Mother Jones.

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Illustration is . . .

Illustration, or narrative art, is about using visual language to tell a story in the most beautiful, compelling way possible. . . in under a second. It does not exist to merely fill a hole in a page of type. Rather , its purpose is communicate clearly while engaging the eye, the mind and heart of the viewer. If successful, it has the potential for rewarding the viewer with a fresh, illuminating, even transcendent experience.

Caricature is . . .

Caricature, which is a subcategory of illustration, is about finding the narrative elements within a portrait and making them clear as tools in making literal and figurative points. When done for publication, it is not merely about making big things bigger and small things smaller.  It is storytelling.  This involves knowledge about what is under the surface of a face and teasing it to the top. Caricature is not the destination.  It is the journey.

Ben Stewart

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Don’t Be a Stranger

Illustration is a volatile profession. I’m always kind of busy. Sometimes very, but sometimes only moderately. Arranging for projects I would very much like to do is usually no problem. So drop a line and/or post a comment on the homepage any time!

Best regards,

Steve