Monday, February 27, 2012
So this image clearly is about the Twin Towers but I'm thinking the artist was trying to imagine if had happened ten years later. Barack Obama has become a superhero figure saving the World Trade Center from the terrorist attacks. The speech: "Not on my watch!" refering to his term as his watch over the country, like a superhero protects his city Obama protects America. The caricature of Obama isnt an exact look alike but more of a representation, without the speech bubble it would be hard to tell who it was. Comparativley Obama is far too small and the airplane is too large where the buildings look small but I could say they were in the distance.
This image is in a series of Obama saving the world through time, making our president to be a great leader by taking care of the whole worlds problems but I cant tell if the artist is being serious or sarcastic.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
In this cartoon Rick Mckee from the Augusta Chronicle, has compared an event many look forward to; the Oscars, with one we suffer through everyday; the economy. In this cartoon Mckee displays an announcer giving an Oscar away for, "The Picture hardly anybody's seen because tickets are ten bucks, popcorn and a drink are fifteen, and there's usually some jerk talking through the entire movie." By utilizing this annual event to harp on the problems with our economy, Mckee has found an effective way to express his true feelings on the current economical state, while still being clever and getting his point across.
Like my other post, this one could be related to Mcdonalds reading called,"The Age of Character" Though the styles may have changed, our political cartoons of the time still hold the same importance of the eyes of many American's. After all the first step to trying to improve these hardships is showing people how bad they are.
On February 24, 2012, Dave Granlund posted a cartoon to politicalcartoons.com. This colored political cartoon puts a satirical play on the rise in gas prices over the last decade. In the cartoon Fuel prices is portayed by a giant dinosaur with an angry expression and a pointy tail. Stuck on his tail is a husband and wife stuck in their car as the dinosaur shakes his tail. The caption says,"Spiked right through the roof." Which, is representing the sky rocketing gas prices as well as what the dinosaurs tail has done to this person's car.
In this weeks reading by Diana Donald, they begin to talk about how the purpose of caricature is to represent protest. These often times, gestural drawing are meant to represent ones disagreement with our current governmental and environmental issues. She even begins to talk about Hogarth and his contributions to this theory. She states, "Hogarth's subjects demonstrated the dramatic narratives through constructed composition, gesture and facial expressions." Hogarth was able to educate his viewers through his detailed engravings produced during the late 1700's and early 1800's
In a way, I feel that caricaturist and cartoonists of the 21st century, find effective ways of producing these cartoons each and everyday. There is always a political issue one person is going to disagree with and like this dinosaur, gas prices have become an economical monster. maybe not Physically but, for many mentally and emotionally.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
In satirical humor, I think it is best for the artist to have some sort of connection with the person or stereotype that they’re mocking. It triggers a specific knowledge and power over the viewer, the power of laughter. I think perhaps the power of humor oftentimes goes underestimated when it comes to politics. Yet, caricatures have access this freedom, the freedom of the press. Even in current times, the Internet is flooded with caricatures, enabling them to gain even more viewers and followers. In the article, The Age of Caricature, Donald talks about the emergence of Gillray and the time period in which he was producing work. “ Their success was closely linked to the growth of the press, the development of parliamentary reporting, growing familiarity with the personalities of leading politicians and political consciousness among the people at large: they were the materialization of opinion without doors, and their graphic stereotypes must in turn have profoundly affected the thought patterns of those who saw them.”
Similarly to Gillray’s prints, this political cartoon from the New York Times approaches the current data-mining situation with satirical humor. Data mining is one of the most controversial topics- social websites like Facebook, etc. implicitly use your personal information to personalize advertisements, basically selling your information. In this cartoon, it shows to kids, appearing innocent (much like Facebook) and offering lemonade, like most kids do during the summer. It looks as though a man has gotten a lemonade, and in passing, offers advice to the next customer, saying, “it’s free, but they sell your information,” poking fun and satire at the large social networking corporations. Much like the article, “The French Revolution and the propaganda War of the 1790’s,” which emphasizes the need for political dissidence, and propaganda cartoons, because it is partially the society member’s fault for ignorance of politics. Maybe if we didn’t ignorantly sign up to give away our personal information, we would have no one to blame for the selling or commoditization of our information and possibly, our rights. The light shadows and innocent look of the children’s faces is also another appeal, the children look very inviting, while the parents, have a dark cast shadow over their bodies, as if doom and gloom took over their physical features.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Last week we spoke about how very real and serious world events are the inspiration for characters. I never realized what this meant and how it was done. I questioned what could the public feel if there were some comic book character made after such a certain situation? After some research I learned that lots of heroes and characters were made for the same reason political comics were. Changing minds or empowerment seemed to be the reoccurring subject of the creation of these heroes. Names such as Black Panther , Captain America, Wonderwoman and much more are an example of these. Captain America though pretty obvious stood as a symbol for the fight against the axis powers so did Wonderwoman. Soon these characters became symbols themselves. Wonderwoman still stands today as a feminist symbol. This is how something impossible or unreal can be a response for something so current and serious. It seems today its a bit harder for some new ideas for heroes to stand out and act as something to empower again. Nowadays do we need more heroes?
This is a cartoon about one of the presidential candidates, Mitt Romney. He is being confronted by four extremely rich characters: the Monopoly man, Richy Rich, Scrooge McDuck, and Mr.Burns. These characters are looking at Mitt Romney angrily as if he had done something wrong. These characters are insanely wealthy and are known to be pretty selfish, especially when it comes to money. They don't care about other's well being unless it will negatively affect them. (This description mostly applies to Mr. Burns and Scrooge McDuck. I think Richy Rich and the Monopoly man are just there to get the point across.) To have these characters who are so selfish telling Romney that he's making them look bad, then there has to be something wrong with him.
After a little research about this cartoon, I found out that this was in response to what he said in an interview. "I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. ... I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine."
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Romney being the republican candidate is laughing next to the sign and oddly enough the look on Obama's face seems to be looking at him with a look of confused fear. The other two grotesque characters face's are evil and looking for their prey. Parents of the middle school children were concerned and distured by the image saying it was violent and hateful, I have a feeling that this kid is a politcal cartoonist in the making.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This week, I came across a political cartoon designed by Joe Heller, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. This cartoon displays the new republican presidential candidate Rick santorum sporting one of his most famous sweater vests at one of his public events. It is interesting that this candidate of the 2012 presidential election has already acquired a means of being made fun of by the press. It seems that his sweater vests have become more well known then him at this current time. Not to mention it is brought up in a satirical/joking mattern.
The first caption on this cartoon reads, "Ever wonder what happens to the sleeves from Rick Santorum's sweater vests?" When the viewer proceeds to the second panel one sees, the elephant, that is known as the republican symbol with sleeves stuffed in his ear. The speech bubble reads, "I don't want to hear it. What I found most interesting in this cartoon was, Mr. Santorum is the Republican candidate and the symbolic elephant doesn't even want to listen to him. Wouldn't this give off a negative reaction from the voters if other Republicans don't even want to listen to him? So not only is he already being made fun of but, it seems that his own people dont believe in his beliefs. At least that's how I see it.
More so, it is interesting how relative this and all other political cartoons are to Messerschmidt's reading, Contemporary Art. In this reading, Xaver Messerschmidt talks about how the face is the way into a person's soul. That you can tell a lot about a person just by seeing their face. He goes on to create art work in which he calls the character heads, to show expression and emotion and how you understand so much just by one glance.
I felt this was so related because, when making a caricature an artist rely's so much on the facial features of the model sitting before them. Yes, they can incorporate other features into them as well like Santorum's sweater vests but, without a likeness, people who aren't in tune with the news would never know who was being portrayed in these cartoons. Facial features are so important to this kind of art. Each must be carefully considered and carefully crafted
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Much like Hogarths experimentation with the pictorial genre, Mike Luckovich is also delving into graphic satire. “ Satirical engravings and etchings combined witty, vitriolic or propagandistic commentary on contemporary social and political life with a highly eclectic formal character as assemblages of very different kinds of pictorial and literary materials… they were often densely allusive and technically sophisticated, and appeared with particular frequency at times of crisis.” Much like Hogarth’s prints, Luckovich’s caricature is specifically making a social commentary about the current news of the South Korean “supreme leader,” Kim Jong Il’s death. A ruler of one of the world’s most repressive governments, people were both excited as well as terrified over his death, much of the anxiety was attributed to the anticipation over his successor.
In this caricature, many of Kim Jong Il’s physical features were exaggerated, such as his hair, skin, eyes, and mouth, to match the general physical traits of the iconic cartoon figure, Bert from Sesame Street. Along with the elementary “identical” characteristic and physical traits, the style of the caricature itself is also quite rudimentary, using minimal and stroke-like lines to draw the outlines of the figures. Unlike what was described in Hogarth’s prints, this imagery is seemingly underdeveloped formally speaking. Yet, we can still understand the concept of the piece itself. Because of the contrast of Kim Jong Il’s successor with Bert from Sesame Street, there is a bit of humor evoked in seeing the piece, especially if the viewer is informed of recent news events. Mixed with humor, is also darkness, for we know the character built around Bert was not only lighthearted in the setting he is placed in, but we also know that Bert was the one who didn’t laugh, the serious character when Ernie was being silly, Bert, oftentimes had an austere disposition.
In the article it mentioned that Hogarth was commissioned to make book illustrations. It said that the publishers as well as consumers saw these works as a pictorial relay, “ something that successfully passed on an extant image, than as a self-sufficient work of art.
I wonder if the same holds true for today’s standards, or is it merely contextual? Does Mike Luckovich’s caricature stand as a self-sufficient work of art?
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
This cartoon is an advertisment for the re-election for Obama! From the recognizeable image of the Titanic, a classic film, I expect Obama's cruise to be luxrious and a fun filled trip for the whole family........ My favorite part of this cartoon is Obama leaving all the dead bodies behind as he happily reaches dry land with his extreemly happy floaty device, as if just coming from the most wonderful vacation.
The components of this cartoon that work well and are most recognizable are Obama's huge ears, nose and long skinny head. It looks as if his skull is so small, that he might not have room for a real brain in there. Also the Titanic as a symbol of the country is an interesting choice because we all know it from the movie but in terms of history and relating it politically, the ship coming from Britian to America but never making it, seperates the connection to Obama for me. However without the orange band of color on the smoke stack it would just be some boat.
The text in this piece is said like and advertisement, and with everthing else going on in the background I'm not all that tempted to hop on that party boat.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
It's interesting to look at the expressions that each politician is doing. McCain looks angered and upset about something, Obama looks very cool and calm. Do these have anything to do with their size/weight and is it a play on weight? Or was it done without intention? Both politicians have their hands raised at an awkward height, also making us wonder what intention was behind that artistic decision. Is Obama sitting and McCain standing for a certain reason? There are so many aesthetic choices to think about, it's hard to know the meaning behind them without knowing the artist's intentions.
Last class we discussed in cartoons how usually the bad characters have distinct characteristics which make them look bad and or evil. We also tried to make caricatures of people , change them however keep them true to their counterparts. In cartoons usually they give the antagonist really darkly colored eyebrows also slight facial hair. Most of the time their grins usually are large and show lots of detail on the teeth. What interest me is the relation between the caricatures of people and the typical nature of characteristics in cartoons. How can I draw one of my friends as an evil character? How can one tell that the inspiration from the drawing is directly drawn from this specific person? What I also find interesting is the relationship between more round shapes versus the more angled shapes. Why is it that people are usually drawn to the more rounded characters? What do you guys think post a response explaining why you think, people are drawn to more rounded characters than that of more angled ones. The picture attached to this post is a two year old drawing of one of my friends and I want your opinion of what type of character the drawing gives off.
This is a satirical comic about America's obsession with documenting their every thought, desire, and action on websites such as Facebook and Twitter. He is typing on his phone instead of driving, posting his complaints about how the oil drilling platforms ruins the scenic view. This scene is all too familiar to me. I often see drivers stalling at a traffic light when it is green, because they are playing with their phones. People have become too preoccupied with their electronics. They tend to put more important things (such as paying attention and driving) on the back burner. It's to the point that they feel the need to update their status immediately instead of waiting for a more opportune moment.
The message this comic conveys is more than just people's obsession with updating their status. Technology has taken over people's lives. I know kids who prefer to be on their laptops instead of going outside and physically interacting with actual humans.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I got this comic from the site, Toothpaste for Dinner where I am a frequenter. It is here, everyday, that a new comic is posted. Oftentimes it involves the artist himself, Drew taking a humorous approach to the trials and tribulations of today’s modern society. His works range from a variety of topics from the social to the political. Meskin, in his article about Defining Comics? Discusses comics as “very often serialized: most comics we encounter are extended narratives that are designed to be encountered in the same publication in daily, weekly or monthly installments.” It is true, that the popularity of the site, and the anticipation that there will be a new one up every single day, leads me to the Toothpaste for Dinner site. Even though most of the comics are imbued with a cute and dark satirical humor, there is a slight moral reflection that takes place when viewing these pieces. Much like what Kunzle suggests in that within the narrative condition, comic strips must not only tell stories, they must tell moral and topical ones. Is it necessary for us to be so superficial as a society that it is impacting our political and governmental process? Is a moral narrative necessary with the emergence of comic books being studied in the educational system? Like what Tabachnick suggests that the attention span of a book is becoming proceeding more difficult to grab the attention of readers, so teachers are now using graphic novels. Shouldn’t we take morals into consideration in this case?
The rise of poor/homeless, though it has grown to be a problem world wide, has increased greatly in the united states over the past several years. In the political cartoon above, Pat Bagley of the salt lake tribune satirically plays on the contradicting lives of both the homeless and the well off.
In this image, what we believe to be a business man has sat down and begun to converse with the homeless man next to him. the caption under the cartoon reads, ".... No minders scheduling your every waking minute.... free to come and go as you please. Yes, friend, I can tell-You're living the dream." It is funny that in this particular cartoon the artist in implying that the working class man is upset with his current life situation. Not being able to take any time for himself, while he is bettering him and his future loved ones lives. Not once does he notice the bad that goes on around him. The fact that the homeless man is sleeping outside using an old newspaper to cover himself with. Probably cold and mal-nourished.
This cartoon is only one example of how wrapped up current day America is in their own worlds. Not even noticing all of the problems others around them live through each day . Instead of seeing how well they have it, they would rather complain about how they work themselves so hard, whether to buy an i-phone or a blackberry and the fact that they weren't able to take some vacation time. Mean while, In new york alone, people are sleeping on the streets picking up change and eating out of the garbage just to keep themselves alive.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
As I was searching for a cartoon to submit for next weeks discussion I stumbled upon this very ironic cartoon. Not only does this comic scream irony, it’s a true fact. People today are all about “being your self” yet really they still revolve around the same materialistic image. You see people who say, “I’m an individual” yes, maybe physically but not mentally. I find myself sometimes falling into this similar category. Why? Because as humans we follow trends, we want to be successful, and in order to do that we find that things or top trends will make us happy or look cool. Within this image is the “non-conformist” air bubble coming from the group of people who all are wearing the “be yourself” tee shirt. When viewing this image I begin to see more than just the group trying to persuade others to be more “individual” but I begin to see our media and government saying the same thing. Both parties say they are “individual” but when it comes down to the basics it all matters on who is following who. As ironic this is to see the fellow without a shirt and being told he’s a non-conformist he really is the only one upholding what is written on the groups shirts, “ be yourself.” You see a huge group of people all for the same thing yet its all for the wrong reasons. Being yourself is what makes people unique and original. Last week in class someone was mentioning how humans really are the only mammals that has disguising physical attributes. For example someone mentioned the zebra and how they may slightly vary in their stripes but they still resemble the same pattern. Which makes a perfect example to this comic the “be yourself” crew all look like the zebra but the guy standing alone is sticks out like a sore thumb. Within the reading for this week I was eager to begin to understand the comic and the narrative, they mention how it is moral and topical based. Seeing as this particular comic is about being your self I feel that it is a good example of being a moral type comic. Your morals are what make up you as a person. As the guy seems to have morals and not act upon and joining the group even though he was being told he was a “non-conformist.” This was an inspiring and interesting comic that I enjoyed stumbling upon.