I did this for Esquire, but in the end they went something less "detailed". Because, art - ew. Anyway, enjoy! Simon Fondike is the man. Boy.
I like to draw, I think we all know that much. I have a harder time writing - which is probably why I'm not published more than I'd like to be. People want to laugh before they want to think. About art. Anyway, I like making the art more than I like making the joke. I'm working on it though! I've even started to write jokes down, as opposed to forcefully trying to remember them out of my head 15 minutes before deadline.
Here are a few of my favorite published New Yorker cartoons. Some really fun art - and few decent gags - in there.
I once had this idea of using the same couple over again in my cartoons. Sorta like an elderly, rich and pretentious The Lockhorns. It never really caught on, but after several resubmits, this one hit. I'm mostly pumped that I got our dog, Lulu into a New Yorker cartoon.
A while back they did an "all-Trump cartoon issue" and a bunch of us got some good jabs in. This was, of course, before he won and everything turned black and nothing was funny anymore.
I truly believe this will be an actual thing someday.
Palm trees. I like to draw them... Is what I'll say when they put me away for Trump PTSD.
If you're interested owning a print of one of these, or any other of the cartoons I've had published, check out the Conde Nast store. They have all kinds of stuff to buy with my art on it.
After finally climbing the mountain that is getting a cartoon published in The New Yorker - and continuing to do so for a couple years - I decided I wanted to try for a cover. I can draw. I have ideas. I can do this.
Not so much.
It's HARD to break in. There's a lot of strings pulling the levers of success with this sort of thing - some justified, some not. In the end, it's really just like anywhere else in publishing. But then its not because it's The New Yorker. My buddy Harry Bliss (google him) keeps pushing me to submit more and is convinced I'll get one. Who knows. But I love Harry, so I keep buying a ticket to failure. I did come real close once, with this one:
I was sitting in the car, double parked and waiting for the street sweeper (something that happens in NYC. It's weird). The Vegas mass shooting had just happened and I originally drew this image on my iPad for the daily cartoon on NewYorker.com, but when I added the famous font, it was a cover (which is actually bullshit, because if you're excited about a piece of art and you add the cover font, everything works as a cover), so I sent it in as a cover pitch. They really liked it, but in the end, went with something else.
Such is the game.
Here are some other cover pitches I've sent in over the years. Some are baaaad. Some I really like:
Onward and forward and shit,
I've always liked the idea of superheroes bogged down in the everyday slog that we all go through. From doing laundry, to relaxing at home to having to pee. It's fun to think about and even more fun to draw. Someday, I want to do a whole series of huge paintings of superheroes getting the morning paper.
Or maybe not.
Anyway - first Sketchbook post! Yay. I guess. Here are some images of the process in Procreate. On the iPad Pro...
Oh! And the final image here is now available as a print! Check it out in the store! We're trying it out and it if it goes well, I'll add more stuff.