Saturday, December 31, 2011
The time of Christmas gift giving has come and gone, but not before I could snap a couple of pictures of some projects that Melissa and I gave away. We were feeling especially crafty this year so we made a bunch of our gifts. It really was a lot of fun and gave me an excuse to do a little bit of wood working. Melissa came up with a great idea to make a recipe box for her sister. So I built the box and she painted it. Melissa wrapped it up before I could get a picture of it with the paint on it, which is unfortunate because it looked really awesome with her added genius.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
marcandbobby.blogspot.com/ Both Bobby and I will be contributing written editorials while I'll also post topical cartoons as well as some spot illustrations. As if that weren't enough for you to be giddy with excitement, my good pal and brilliant writer Kyle Constalie will be a regular contributor as well. So go check out what all the dissent is about!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here's another watercolor I finished up today. The lovely and cuddly Herman Cain is one of those characters who's campaign is going to gradually fall apart. Being the front runner is hard of course. And how you deal with the bumps along the way is just as important as your talking points during debates/speeches or whatever else. I never liked Cain, and I like him even less after this past week. He clearly doesn't know how to come out and tell the truth about some settlement that happened in the 90s. Hell, he can't even keep his story strait over the course of a couple days. Presidential quality? Perhaps not.
Monday, November 7, 2011
I just finished this watercolor up today. I alluded to my painting frustrations of last week in my previous post, and this here be the culprit. Despite all the problems the painting provided, I was happy with how the caricatures turned out.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Well it's been a while since I've posted here, and I wish I had a good excuse. I guess I've just been slacking. Anyway, all last week I was working on a watercolor painting, and though it had been a while since I used watercolors, the thing was a pain in the ass the whole way though. So the only logical thing for me to do was buy some new watercolors and try them out. Oddly enough, I like them better than the brand I had previously been using and will subsequently revisit last weeks painting and post it here as soon as its done.
Above was a quick caricature of Melissa Mantzke
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Well, I finally did it. The website is up. I still have to go through and fix up a few typos and flaws. Overall I think I'm happy with it, but if anyone sees something that they don't like, let me know. Here's a link http://www.marcandersonillustration.com/.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wisconsin state Legislature is going to grant Gov. Walker the power to ratchet up the rules on state recalls. Since Walker's one year of immunity is nearing its end, I'd imagine he will go quite out of his way to save his rear end and avoid a recall at all costs. But with the partisan atmosphere in Wisconsin, I don't really know that his actions will have much effect one way or the other.
Monday, September 26, 2011
What can I say about Congress that isn't already communicated with a 12 percent (for the moment) approval rating?
On another note, I thought I would loosely base the guy in the chair off my dad. I haven't ever drawn anyone I knew into an illustration or a cartoon before, so I thought it would be fun. Plus my dad has some intense eyebrows so when he gets upset, you can tell.
Monday, September 19, 2011
It's sad to say, but there is a good chance that Solyndra's bankruptcy will affect the momentum of green energy and technology. With the 2012 election campaigns coming into full swing, where to allocate our limited federal resources will become a hot issue for candidates. Unfortunately I think Obama and renewable energy will take a big hit on this one.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
With the Wisconsin special recall elections out of the way (minus two Democrat senators on the chopping block next week), it might serve Democrats well to reflect on the results. Only two districts were able to replace their former Republican lawmakers, one short of the three required to make a Democrat majority. This is not surprising as Democrats in this country have developed an innate ability to fail at everything.
There has been a bit of speculation whether the results of the elections are an indication of a nation wide sentiment: public sector unions are destroying the country. At the moment, many American's are popping Dramamine to assist in the tumultuous voyage that has been the economy. A pertinent distraction to be sure. Of course America's nausea may persist, but at the Wisconsinites' Pharmacy(liquor store) there's a more appropriate remedy. Part of me doubts that the elections will phase anyone outside of the Cheesehead state. However, the rigid, partisan divide in Wisconsin is completely in line with the rest of the nation. That, I do believe, will foreshadow the 2012 election season. As per usual, the Republicans' inane rhetoric will trump thoughtful, deliberate, debate just as "Wisconsin Pharmacies" will trump Dramamine, Aspirin, or even mild opiates.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Okay, I think this will be my last ValleyFair post for a while. I've realized that I have become wildly unproductive in things not relating to theme park caricature and this makes me sad. So, God willing, my next post will be something really cool!
Friday, August 5, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
My older brother and his brother-in-law cohort are coming out with a second album and again asked me to do the artwork for the cd jacket. The last time around I did a bit of a photo collage with some manipulating in photoshop. It wasn't all that exciting, so I wanted to do some actual painting for this one.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
All six actual democrats won in the primaries yesterday. Even though the Wisconsin republicans' fake democrats were a bust, I'm sure they have more dishonest plots in the works before the general elections in August.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've had the goal of updating my website for quite some time now, but alas, I actually have gotten some work done on it now. Below are the home page and a basic template for the cartoons page. I think for the illustration and sketchbook pages I'll end up having thumbnails on the left and the larger image on the right. We'll see.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The FEMA budget should be one of the safest allotments in the federal budget. It should be. The Obama budget plan does put some cuts in FEMA during a year that has seen numerous calamities, natural disasters, and the like. However, any conservative that blasts this "irresponsible" plan must do one of three things:
1) admit that global warming is in some way affecting the frequency of strong weather occurrences and subsequently depleting FEMA's resources.
2) take a look at the other socially irresponsible budget cuts that they so adamantly cling to.
3) pull their heads out of their asses.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
In recent weeks, the political landscape has been strewn with scandals involving lawmakers, a governor, even the French philanderer, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. While many of the acts of inappropriate behavior shouldn’t be advocated, one must wonder if it is at all appropriate for the matters to be discussed on a national level in a manner akin to one of those “donkey shows” in Tijuana that I keep hearing about. It is true that lewd behavior on the part of any politician reflects directly on his or her (but not really her) character. At the same time, however, the thought that our elected and appointed officials should be infallible is one of ignorance and naivety.
But why do they warrant so much of our attention? Former senator Larry Craig had us tapping our feet all the way to hysteria. We impeached Bill Clinton because of a blowjob. Sometimes I really wish these political leaders were afforded the same privacy that us regular folks hold so dear.