The painting is in the mail

I got an illo assignment Monday morning for a piece due yesterday evening. The article was about a painter (in Washington, DC) who pays his rent with his art. He makes pop-art pictures of George Washington. So immediately I made the connection between G-Wash and the one dollar bill. I did a couple of different concept sketches but this one made the most sense:

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With George popping out of the dollar bill to sign a rent check, I thought it captured most of the elements of the story. The art director liked it, but suggested adding a frame to the outline of the dollar bill, to drive home the point that the bill itself is art and not an actual dollar bill. I also liked his idea because it takes the illo further away from the possibility of it being a commentary on, say, the national debt.

So here are the pencils for the piece:

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I scanned in an actual dollar bill and squeezed and stretched it to fit the layout of the piece. Then I lightboxed it to get the details of the bill and lettering, and integrate it with the image of George leaning out of the bill. (I was especially proud of how I sneaked my signature in there.)

Then I went to final with inks and greytoning:

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And, voila! – a finished piece. All by 6 pm last night.


About joshcomix
Brooklyn-based cartoonist specializing in nonfiction comics about topics like Hurricane Katrina, the media, travel, and finance.

12 Responses to The painting is in the mail

  1. man_size says:

    One of your finer illos. Great stuff!

  2. rojagato says:

    I love seeing how work evolves, and how people do it. Thanks!

    • 4_eyez says:

      Much appreciated. The concept is so weird: the guy actually pays his rent with his art! And all he does is pop art pix of George Washington? How many paintings by this guy does the landlord have?!?!
      Anyway, I thought this one was a particularly odd/interesting topic, and worth the process rundown.

  3. lordrexfear says:

    Damn that’s some fine work there Josh…

  4. Yeah, that’s a nice illo and all, but we want to know about the now-developed George Corbett pics. Spill, dude!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love the illo…
    Washington needs to be digging for GOLD, this day of Oct. 10, 2008…

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