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Friday, October 28, 2005


This is my picture for Illustration Friday. The theme is broken. This was an odd one for me. I'm not really a political kind of guy but this was the first thought that came to my mind and I ran with it. Politics tend to make people angry and they get in the way of getting any real work done. If you want to change the world change yourself. That's my motto. Anyhow, I drew the USA and GB, colored them in photoshop and then printed them. I then tore up the USA and cut out GB. Then rescanned the whole thing with a construction paper background. Not liking the way the colors faded, I re-photoshopped most of the thing. The texture didn't turn out as well as I would have liked but I'm very happy with the way GB's hair looks. This is also the first time I have drawn a character that is suppose to be recognizable. I think GB turned out OK. It's much better detail if you click to enlarge the picture. Please tell me what you think. One more thing... Will you leave some love for me?


  • I think you are too dangerously close to making good art :) Love you anyway. Love

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 20:48  

  • illustrated political satire; I think this is good.

    By Anonymous Paula, at 22:35  

  • Wow, that's really good! Your art style is unique!

    By Blogger Francoise, at 23:35  

  • Love for you, love for what you are saying, no love for w.

    By Blogger LDahl, at 00:16  

  • thanks for sharing the love... I enjoy reading about how people do the things they do and loved how you explained the process. nice art! and I like what it says :)

    By Blogger Jen, at 00:37  

  • I leave you first some love :o)
    As some people above I think that's a good idea to explain how you build your picture. Your character is recognizable yeah, but I have a question, I didn't catch the idea you explain on USA and GB, it's only a question of color ? because on the picture I don't see the point on GB ? well it could be also something I didn't understand or translate in a wrong way. I have lost some of my English so...pardon me if Iam making some mistakes :o)love

    By Anonymous Liz Littlefroggy, at 01:32  

  • That is one cool technique! Yeah, and not to repeat anything that's been aid before, but it really adds to your illos how you explain the process. With a lot of cg art there's really no point, but I love the fact that you start out with a piece of paper, and add your very own touch to everything! Very cool.

    By Blogger Karolina, at 01:42  

  • I never express political opinions either because I am quite absent of that kind of happening,but I do like illustrations and illustrators who do it.
    I think yours works perfectly as a newspaper's illustration,
    attention:I do not mean cartoon.
    I got the idea,understood your point of view and then I may agree or desagree.Your lucky because I agree...ah ah ah
    And I leave you lots of love ;-)

    By Blogger kikazinha, at 01:54  

  • great illustration. I love it when artists express political views. preznit stoopid with his typically simpleminded solution to a huge problem is well portrayed here.

    By Blogger Jaimie, at 05:29  

  • I like the fact that you made the work them tore it up. Its all too easy to just stick within the computer once one has started...

    Hmmm very broken and leaving out the W breaks the man even more...

    and I'll leave you some love though to whom it goes is unknown...

    By Blogger Caroline, at 06:03  

  • I'm not generally a political artist either, but they say it's hard to avoid because the personal is political. You should try to have this submitted to a magazine or newspaper under your blog name (a little like the unknown soldier). It's a brave piece, but I'm not sure who would be brave enough to publish it.

    serious love.

    (keep this up and you will have to change that header. Lose face probably still fits the bill, but I think you really captured something with the cat hat (and nice composition.)

    By Anonymous The Space Above the Couch, at 06:30  

  • love love love to GB...I love political art ( esp when I agree) I hope you do more!

    By Blogger foajek, at 07:02  

  • nice of you to share how you did it....and nice take of the topic!

    By Blogger isay, at 07:05  

  • Your explanation of the process makes it for me -- the physical act of ripping the pieces then pasting them down again. Funny blog. My teddy bear as a kid was named Pepe (I figured you really didn't need any more responses to that one!).

    By Blogger andrea, at 08:13  

  • anonymous: I will try harder. Thanks! :-)

    paula: Me too.

    francoise: Wow! Thanks!

    ldahl: And love for you my friend!

    jen: Glad it entertains you. Thats my point. :-)

    liz littlefroggy: If I understand the question. I just didn't like the way the colors looked at first. Thanks for the love.

    karolina: Wee Hee. Thanks love!

    kikazinha: Thanks so much. :-) Glad you agree.

    jaimie: Thank you.

    caroline: I wish I could say that was a chosen technique. I just don't know how to use a pc very well. It's fun though and I'm learning as I go. Thanks!
    Spreading the love that's the important thing!

    the space above the couch: Eek! Thanks so much. I will try harder to be bad.

    foajek: Thanks! I may after all these wonderful comments!

    isay: Thnaks. Happy to entertain!

    andrea: Thnaks. :-( I could always use more love.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 08:51  

  • The initials on GW's shirt was a nice touch and so were the boots. That blasted carpetbagger wouldn't make a pimple on a Texan's butt.

    Love you and your art. Whenever I could use a smile, I always stop by for a visit knowing I'll feel better for it.

    Love and kisses,


    By Blogger Sandy, at 09:46  

  • Very good idea.... good process.

    By Anonymous c. gregori, at 10:24  

  • is some love :>>>>>>>>> I am not very political either, but the situation we are in really disturbs me. I have very, very bad thoughts about GB... Anywhoooo, I think your illustration depicts well what many of us think the old fool is up to. Good job!

    By Blogger carla, at 11:50  

  • Its a great idea. I think maybe some spurs would have emphasised the cowboy boots but the tron up map works really well

    By Blogger Alison Ashwell, at 12:34  

  • I love the boots and the monogram. You did an excellent job of capturing that dumb ass smirk that he always seems to have.

    By Blogger Tony Sarrecchia, at 15:48  

  • This is so much better than 'cute'. I send some love your way but not to GB.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:26  

  • politics are evil. i send some love!

    By Anonymous Draconas, at 18:36  

  • Good job! Yep, he would think of a band aid! LOL! LOve it!

    By Blogger Joe, at 18:52  

  • Love, along with the comment "i love the piece". Excellent interpretation of the theme and Love the execution!

    By Anonymous Marie, at 20:17  

  • Cool illo, I think you should have torn up Bush :)

    Like when artists explain how they came about the finished piece.

    By Blogger [ Moseonetwenty ], at 20:29  

  • Shred Bush to pieces!!! HE - OWWWW.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 00:10  

  • Una "bandita" no es suficiente.
    And the best part of the drawing is ... ¡the upright little finger!

    By Blogger R.Soler, at 07:15  

  • Those good things about Illo Friday is how you often threw out the first things that came into your mind no matter how not closely inclined we are to those things. Thank you for your comment in my blog. You rock.

    By Anonymous Zana, at 08:56  

  • Great job! This does rock!
    My GOD! I agree with anonymous thingy Shred Bush to pieces!!! HE - OWWWW!!!

    By Blogger Jonpaul, at 12:10  

  • perfect for broken the bandaid (tee hee) well, not really...ouch, our nation is hurting is hurting isn't it? you've got a gift for satire! keep on drawing...keep on posting! :-)

    By Blogger ecm, at 12:46  

  • good one! i agree with anon.--- you are dangerously close to making good art. be

    By Blogger Beth, at 14:01  

  • You're gonna hafta change the name of your blog, sweetie. This is too good to be bad!

    LOL great job.


    By Blogger Catnapping, at 19:23  

  • Great idea!! Love it!! Soooo wicked!! LOL

    By Blogger Alina Chau, at 20:03  

  • I agree with your motto about changing oneself. Good job on an original illustration.

    By Blogger violetismycolor, at 22:13  

  • First of all let me say to everyone... So many nice people leaving so many nice comments. Oh, so much love! :-) Wee Hee (-:

    sandy: Hee, hee... Thank you so much!!! This makes it all worth it for me!

    c. gregori: Thanks. It was fun too!

    carla: Thanks love! :-)

    alison ashwell: That's funny, I wanted to put some spurs and fancy up the boots a bit but I didn't really know enough about them and I didn't have the time to look it up. Maybe I'll fancy it up later. Thanks for the love.

    tony: Wee! Thanks. I really loved your illo for broken. Scary Too. :-)

    detlef: Thanks. Now keep punting.

    draconas: I agree! I love your page!

    joe: (-:

    marie: Thank you so much love!

    darren grounds: Thanks. Right now GB is stuck on my bulliten board. I might tear him up later and post it.
    Umm... What's in the box?

    anonymous sandbox: Yeah! Lets all go shed in the oval office and leave hairballs on his desk. *vomit* mrowww

    rsc: Hee, hee. Thanks. The little finger is one of my favorite parts too. So subtle, so dainty. The Bastard!

    zana: I Rock! Woo Hoo! Lets put on some Skynard! Freebird! Freebird! (blush) eh... Thanks for the great comments love.

    jonpaul: Thanks. (freebird) FINALLY! you agree with my love love.

    ecm: Wow, you are so sweet thank you love! I will try to keep posting. Please come again love. :-)

    haiku: I'm a rebel. (blush) As my father used to tell me, "Even an idiot can acomplish great things at times."
    Thanks love. Feeling better?

    catnapping: Thanks love. (blush) See above comment.

    alina chau: Soooo Wicked?! That's because I'm evil love. :-) Soooo thank you.

    violetsmycolor: Thank you for the comment!

    Thank you everybody. I'm encouraged by your wonderful love. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 01:11  

  • great job!
    yours, that is, not GB's... :)

    By Blogger vfm4, at 01:44  

  • Wow lots of love going on around here. this is a good thing.
    I try and not get into politics but do love a good political illustration and you have it here.
    I especially love what you said "If you want to change the world change yourself." I agree totally.

    By Blogger Toni, at 03:04  

  • Hello! Not back again... Fun seeing who you are a little bit more. You art too popular.I,m posting from work. Will not have my dead pc for a few days... (cry) LOVE. Nice illo again!

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 05:35  

  • Hi Mr. Unknown.:)
    thanks for visiting my Blog and for your feedback.

    By Blogger Luis Américo, at 12:15  

  • love-rossbot from rossbot

    hey yeah i agree with that "change yourself" bit. definitely. a lot of people i know encourage this "CHANGE THE WORLD EXPLODE EVERYTHING" but i generally think that that particular route can lead to "bad end"

    By Blogger 6billionghosts, at 13:10  

  • Howdy, Thank you for the love left... I find your "Broken" Illustration fascinating! Thank you

    By Blogger Pim, at 14:11  

  • vfm4: hee hee. Thanks.

    toni kelly: Wee Hee. Thanks love.

    merlinprincesse: DAMN PCS! Where are those cats that follow you around?
    love meow?

    luis americo: MR? Well, thanks and thanks for the love.

    ross kerr: WOW, thanks so much.

    pim: Fascinating?! You sound like Spock! :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 14:49  

  • Your pic is quite funny :)

    By Blogger DoodlesNoodles, at 16:31  

  • doodlesnoodles: As is your pic. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:54  

  • wow nice!!
    thanks :)

    By Blogger Kil55, at 17:56  

  • Holy crap that's good! Great concept and I love the way you drew GB with boots. Nice job!

    By Blogger Ms. Momma, at 06:37  

  • Hahaha! Politics suck. They make me angry too! Your characters have a lot of charm...and I love GW's cowboy boots!

    Thanks also for the nifty comment on my blog :)

    By Blogger Anne-arky, at 08:36  

  • This is superb! Mucho love for you!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 10:09  

  • Unknown! what's up you commented me and i thought i'd holler at ya. NICE job! i think you had the greatest concept of broken out of anyone on the website.

    By Blogger FromThaBrook, at 18:32  

  • That is quite funny actually, but true, about how broken up the States is at this moment...! Great illo!! :D

    By Anonymous hartini, at 18:45  

  • kil55: Wow, Thanks! :-0

    jensenblue: Thank you. Everyone seemed to like his boots. I must confess I drew them because it was easier than drawing shoes. He He, (blush) artist secret.

    anne-arky: Thank you! I love your characters and you art too. You have a wonderful style.

    big a: Thank you my friend.

    fromthabrook: Wow (blush) thanks!

    hartini: Ah yes, sad but true. Not just the states that are broken in my illio though. GB is broken too.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 00:02  

  • Well, what can say about your illustration?, I don't live in USA then I don't know exactly what is happening there... I just read Newsweek to know... But maybe it is not a good source...I think the best source are the citizens feelings. I can see those feelings in your illustration. Well done.

    By Blogger Melissa-HN, at 08:52  

  • melissa-hn: Thanks for the comments. The picture pretty much sums up the way I fell about my country right now.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 12:46  

  • I like the torn edges and jig-saw look, not forgetting the band-aid too. It's a great satirical portrayal of broken. Great job!

    Here's some love for you.. XOXO

    By Blogger angeillo, at 13:00  

  • ange: Thanks a lot! So much love!

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 13:33  

  • Cool cartoon! Thanks for the bad art (which really isn't bad). Peace, Joe

    By Blogger Joe, at 13:35  

  • I think GB turned out OK. Heehee, you're only saying that so this pic doesn't get you jailed for sedition! Nice spin on the theme and I dig the message. This is done just right in clean, arresting colours - I especially like the simplification of the flag to strengthen the effect.

    By Blogger Ian T., at 19:08  

  • Very creative idea. I love the process you created this art work and it suited the theme well.

    By Blogger chan wah, at 20:12  

  • joe: I know Iknow I gotta change the name. Thanks for the love.

    ian t: What I meant was the image I made of GB turned out OK. The real GB can kiss my beautiful lilly white ass! Oh, and thanks for the comments.

    chan wah: Thanks love!

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 00:09  

  • Excellent idea, although a little sad for the truth behind it! *G*

    By Blogger Aravis, at 11:11  

  • hahahaha, how true it is!

    By Blogger Courtney, at 11:47  

  • aravis: Thanks. I agree.

    courtney: Yeah, I laugh about it too, otherwise I would be crying all the time. Instead of every once and a while.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 18:19  

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