Archive for August, 2011

Fraud

August 25, 2011

Believe it or not, I am not a professional artist.  By day I write about issues in the headlines.

Sometimes, though, my artistic skills are called upon to graphically portray complicated financial concepts. In this case, the SEC’s 2010 fraud allegations against Goldman Sachs.

Alas, this only ended up being used as a blueprint for the final product, which was done by a real artist.

Of course, Goldman settled the fraud charges for a few billion and nobody went to jail.  Typical.

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Another Sad and Awkward Fellow

August 17, 2011

I don’t know why this woman has a tentacle for a right arm.  Or why she kind of looks like Weird Al in the Fat video.

But this sad and awkward fellow finds her and her boyfriend depressingly happy all the same.

Angel of the Boardwalk

August 15, 2011

Summer, 1987

August 10, 2011

Most of these drawings are bittersweet.  This one is just bitter.

Sandy

August 8, 2011

Ah, the summer romance I’ve always wished I’d had…

The Perfect Wave

August 4, 2011

Last year I saw the Endless Summer for the first time. It was my first surfing movie, and I was completely enthralled. The opening music and images were enough to take you out of your daily grind and focus your mind on a setting so ideal that, even if you quit your job to spend the rest of your life on the beach, still couldn’t measure up to the film’s fantasy world.

But mostly I was impressed, for the first time, with the idea of surfing. These guys weren’t trying to constantly top each other or keep finding a higher, more dangerous and extreme rush. And it wasn’t about competition, either. These two dudes just wanted to find the perfect wave. And for them, the perfect wave wasn’t some 50 foot monster in the middle of the ocean; it was a small wave that kept going and going, that could keep you surfing peacefully for hours on end.

And they found it. Right in the middle of the movie. And it sure seemed fantastic. So here’s my little ode to a world I really admire but could probably never participate in: that of the surfer.

This is also the beginning of a series of summer-themed pictures.

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Oh and also, this is the first time I’ve ever attempted to draw a guy without a shirt.

The Biggest Man You’ll Ever See

August 3, 2011

King of the world!

Master of the universe!

You wish you could be like him, but you can’t!

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Big Man, we miss you very, very much.

Too Small to Fail

August 2, 2011

This one’s for Dana, who encouraged this blog into existence a few years ago.  She’s going to be taking on a hefty challenge in the next few days.  I know she can do it, because she’s:

And, just for fun, here’s an outtake: