After a few years of silence the Illustrators Journal online magazine is back. There will be some noticeable changes especially in this new Spring Issue that explores art and politics. In light of where US politics are going, I feel compelled to jump into the fray. My resistance to the present government started with my wife and I sitting down and talking about where we might run away to to escape the government we are now facing. After much talk and consternation, (and a bit of practicality) we decided it would be better to use our collective talents to portray how we feel about what’s happening. Hence, the cover illustration of this issue and the content of the issue as well.
I’m hoping to have the zine ready within a couple weeks.
As I’ve promised I will deliver a sketch a day for the next two weeks. This my answer to a Linkedin post that asked the question, “Does anyone draw anymore?”. This of course was directed towards digital artists which I am part of. For the record I go both ways…digital and tradiional.
This is the first sketch I made for my picture book “PT and the Little General” The book chronicles PT Barnum and his quest to make a young boy of extremely small stature, Charles Stratton, a superstar in the world of entertainment. Redubbed “General Tom Thumb” Barnum coached and financed the “General” to enormous worldwide fame culminating in his introduction to the Queen of England.
General Tom Thumb was as big a hit with the young Queen of England and was invited back to the Buckingham Palace two more times. He went on to entertainment audiences around the world for the rest of his life. He made millions of dollars and made many friends and admirers. He married in 1863 and lived to be 45 years old. He was forty inches high and weighed seventy pounds when he died. He was a Thirty-Second Degree Mason and a Knight’s Templar, so he was buried with Masonic honors. Ten thousand people attended the funeral services. Among them his lifelong friend PT Barnum.