January 19, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Hey, Summer’s Over!

Summer's Over


So, where was I?

. . . there was the top pop 100 for Entertainment Weekly.  Squeezing Elvis, Michael, Bruce, Madonna, Prince and Dylan all together was a challenge. Here’s my first sketch. It happened that the eras had to be just so.

Pop 100 first sketch

So back to the drawing board to get the right scrap  . . .  and a better design (Kory Kennedy AD).

EW Pop 100 Finalsm

Then a call from ESPN to render A-Rod’s comeback . . .  not without the fans’ reactions (Chin Wang, Jason Lancaster, ADs).

AROD Detail

For Ogilvy and Mather: chief creative officer Steve Simpson is interviewed by Simon Dumenco on the virtues of  “branded content”. They cite examples of a Dove soap campaign, a short film

and the IBM pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair (David Frankel AD, Todd Puzan, Ed).

Simpson Dumenco sm

Simpson detail

For The American Lawyer there was the cover and opener about inequality among attorneys. Yep, they face it too (Joan Ferrell, AD).

Am Lawyer Cover Finalsm

American Lawyer Opener Final w carnation100

For the American Prospect, The New Socialists (Mary Parsons, AD).

It seems that whenever conservatives have a problem with something they become RABID MARXISTS  . . . on that one issue.

So here’s the gang:

New Socialists w typesm

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, after suffering a stroke, became a public health care Mao.

Mark Kirk detail

Sarah Palin, of course, is the Che of special needs children.

Socisalist Palin detail

Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a stauch opponent of Hurricane Sandy relief, was a hell-yes Jerry Rubin on Federal money for tornado relief in his home state.

Inholfe detail

Dick Cheney found it in his new heart to endorse gay marriage. He has a gay child.

Socialist Cheney Detail

As did Rob Portman.

Socialist Portman detail

Cindy McCain is a veritable commissar for federal money for migraine research. She has migraines.

Cindy McCain detail

Nancy Reagan goes full Lenin on Alzheimer’s money. A disease she knows about.

Nancy Reagan detail

Fidel Christie took his crusade to the streets when Hurricane Sandy arrived.

Christy Socialist detail

For The Washingtonian, the new Obama cabinet as in a Vogue fashion spread (Michael Goesele, AD).

Finally confirmed and ready for crises of all kinds. Coming up.

New Guard final final sm

Pres. Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Obama Rice Detail

Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez, Sec. of the Treasury, Jack Lew.

New Guard detail Pritzger, Perez, Lew etc

UN Ambassador (and Syrian strike advocate) Samantha Power.

Samantha Power Detail

And last but not least: for a personal project, Woodrow Wilson.

WilsonsmHave a great Autumn. More soon.


  1. Victor Juhasz says:

    Knocking them out of the park here. Wonderful work. Very happy to see such a wide spectrum of clients calling you.

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks Vic. Very grateful amigo.

  3. ALEX MCCRAE says:

    Hi Steve,

    I have to ditto the glowing sentiments of the very talented visual humorist, Victor Juhasz, re/ your amazing flurry of recently completed editorial assignments. Hardly appears like you were taking a siesta over the late summer (as your opening captioned drawing would intimate), just chillin’ away in your hammock.

    If this here volume of work is any indicator, it appears your fall schedule could be a real doozy. Just sayin’. (Hardly a bad situation to be in for an independent freelance illustrator.)

    Kudos from one of your well-respected colleagues in satirical illustration of Victor’s high caliber is clearly golden. I’ve been a big fan of both you guys for some years now. Always look forward to Victor’s biting ‘illos’ for Matt Taibbi’s hard-hitting Rolling Stone investigative pieces.

    Also loved his regular monthly cartoon piece for Golf Magazine’s David Feherty’s end-of-issue humor column. Victor could sure caricature the lovable, loquacious, tormented Irishman in all his glory… or w/ egg all over his face… literally. Too bad Feherty’s lengthly writing gig at Golf Magazine abruptly ended a while back, and Victor’s fine graphic contributions, as well.

    Often wondered if Victor was sometimes channeling the image of the late comedian, Bob Hope’s ski-nose, when rendering Feherty’s decidedly pointy schnozola.

    But enough about Victor. HA!

    Frankly, I don’t recognize who’s who (the interviewer, or the agency exec) in your Dove ‘interview’-themed illustration. But for me, the guy on the left has an uncanny resemblance to David Letterman. Just an anecdotal observation there.

    Love your rendition of Woodrow Wilson. You managed to capture both his steely gaze, rectitude, and presidential, almost stoic, resolve.

    Steve, thanks for often sharing your preliminary sketches. They really give us an insight into how you think, creatively, in terms of composition, visual priorities, and the preliminaries of laying out the key elements of the illustration.

    Like a fine wine, you just appear to be getting better w/ age. (Hardly mellower, though. HA!)

    Steve, have a great fall season, and enjoy the remains of the year, stopping on occasion to smell those fragrant roses along the way, while still reveling in your creative passions, and mentor others.