The blog of Richard Thompson, caricaturist, creator of "Cul de Sac," and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
100 Years of NIxon
This originally ran in 2011. I'm putting it up because today's Nixon's 100th birthday, and because I'm lazy.
Nixon was the cartoonists' president, so here are ten drawings of him.
Most of these are roughs I did for a New Yorker story that ran the year
had so many caricaturable parts and tics and postures that any
president since has been a let down, almost. The arms in the air victory
pose is a good place to start, so here are several of them.
This was a rough for a children's history book and it illustrated an ingenious rhyme by Carol Diggory Shields.
Okay, so it gets repetitive, but I like the hands.
Another NYer rough, this one with a Marley's Ghost angle.
This one also for the NYer, showing him older and more pensive.
The rough above is the one the NYer chose, and this is the rough sketch for the rough sketch.
final looked almost exactly like this, though I trimmed the nose down
some and tilted the drawing to the right (note the horizon line). My
favorite of the roughs I sent in for this story is the first one in this
post, with his hands clasped.
a rough for another NYer story, dealing with the reactions of various
Republican politicians to Nixon's passing and his legacy. Pete Wilson
and Bob Dole choke up at the end of a Nixon movie.
color piece for US News & World Report. I forget the exact
point of the story it illustrated, but the pot full of tapes provides a