I Can't Stop Drawing Pictures of Terrible People

So when I started getting serious about art, I wanted to make art about America's proud and complex history. I wanted to explore parts of our national character that have been obscured either through neglect (like 19th-century vice presidents) or through a more conscious forgetting. Telling the truth is one of the most important responsibilities of an artist. 

But since the election, that responsibility has been weighing on me. We have a president who, along with his mendacious minions, spouts utter lies every goddamned day. The political implications are, if you read history, terrifying. So I've been drawing work that clear and unsubtle. 

Betty DeVos is a terrible person.

Betty DeVos is a terrible person.

Though I'm looking forward to a time when I can go back to draw pictures about William Taft and badgers, recent events make this series seem much more urgent. I'm going to be starting something else, something bigger in the near future.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, here's a picture of Steve Bannon in a bathrobe. 

Liquor makes the pain go away.

Liquor makes the pain go away.

Faces of Trump Now For Sale!

If you read my recent posts, you know that I went on a weird Trump-drawing binge a couple weeks ago.  In fact, I drew about 100 of them. I'm not sure if it was exactly healthy, but it was cathartic.

So for last Saturday's protests, I took nine of my favorite drawings and put them on a poster. It got a great response, so it's now available in my store.

 

When I posted this online, a couple of my friends told me that I really needed to put this on a t-shirt. So I obliged. You can get one in white or in black.

https://veeptopus.myshopify.com/products/short-sleeve-mens-t-shirt-3

 

And, mostly because I could, I also put a Faces of Trump coffee mug in the store too.

 

And finally, because he is now officially the vice president, sigh, here's my official Veeptopus portrait of Mike Pence. With an octopus in his head.

Faces of Trump - Or How I'm dealing with the Inauguration of Donald Trump.

People deal with bad news in different ways. Some people use alcohol to numb the pain. Some wall themselves off from the outside world. And some stare into the abyss. I did all three in various forms over the past couple of months. The bad news, of course, is the election of Donald Trump - a man who seems an unholy mix of Bond villain, abusive stepdad, and enraged toddler. 

Lately, I've been compulsively drawing portraits of the man. Like I'm up to somewhere around 100 or so pictures. It's a weird coping mechanicism, I suppose.

TrumpPics

So I decided to make a poster out of it. I'll be carrying this at this Saturday's protests. 

trumpposter

We Are Funded! Now Help Us Meet Our Stretch Goals!

My $9,500 goal was the price for a quality hard cover book, but without a lot of frills. You know, those the cool little features that can turn a book into a work of art onto itself. Little touches that just make you want to show it to everyone.

For $12,500, I'll be able to make the book I really want to make. Instead of a standard smooth matte finish, the book cover can now have a cloth-like texture along with an Veep-related image embossed into the cover. Instead of the inner cover being a standard white, we can add a cool tentacle-themed pattern. It will be an amazing, elegant book.

Call it Veeptopus Deluxe.

If we unlock this $12,500 stretch goal, then EVERYONE getting the physical book will get this new fancy version.

But wait, there's more!

T-shirts!

By popular demand, I'm adding a T-shirt! Get a load of this:

Imagine showing up to your favorite gastro-pub or job interview in this! Click here and contribute $25 + postage or more and it can be yours.Also for $25 + postage, I'm offering a stand along poster option. Imagine this gracing your cubicle, classroom or study.
Please, help us unlock our $12,500 stretch goal!
Cheers
Jonathan

Veeptopus Book Kickstarter Campaign Coming Very Soon!

Next month, I’m going to launch a Kickstarter campaign to publish a Veeptopus book.

Anyone who's been following me knows that I've been trying to get my Veeptopus series into book form for a while. While drawing these watercolor/ pen & ink cephalopod-bedecked portraits over and over and over again, I learned something about each and every one of these vice presidents. Little stories that were not only weird and wonderful but also revealing about both the character of the man (and, to date, they are all men) and the time he lived. I wanted to share all that with you.

So I painstakingly researched biographical facts about every VP and then I had those facts vetted by noted scholar on the Vice Presidency Aaron Mannes. He not only wrote an introduction to this book but also came up with a great reading list on the Vice Presidency too.

And then I managed to get Joan Lau to design the book. She's an amazing art director, currently employed by Apple, who did all the graphics for the movie (500) Days of Summer and she even had a hand in the opening titles for Mad Men. She’s also my wife, so that helps. She made the book look amazing.

Last year, I published a very short run of the book. And I was blown away by the response – I sold out in 24 hours.

This time around, I want to redesign the book, give it a solid hard cover, of course, include the next vice president – either Kaine or Pence. And this time around, I want to publish a much bigger run.

I'm really excited about this campaign. So if you are a fan of strange art, odd historical facts, cephalopods and/or Joe Biden, then I think you'll like this book too.

So please mark your calendars and tell your friends and neighbors, the Veeptopus Kickstarter is coming October 3.

What you can get with the Veeptopus Kickstarter

I've been working really hard for the past couple of weeks to get the Veeptopus Book Kickstarter off the ground. It's going to launch next Monday, October 3. That's the day before the VP debates.

I'm really excited about this project and I wanted to give you guys a heads up about three things that I will be offering you during the campaign.

First, there's the book:

 

It will have all 47 former and current vice presidents plus whoever wins the election. And it will have all sorts of facts and stories about each veep.

It will also be beautifully designed and it will be in hard cover. For $35 + postage it can be yours.

Then there's the poster:

That's right! Every single vice president with an octopus on his head on one single poster, printed on thick archival paper.

This is a Kickstarter exclusive. I'm not going to sell this on my Etsy site or anywhere else. Get this plus the book for $65 + postage.

An original portrait of you with an octopus on your head:

Sure, you might not get elected vice president, but you can at least look like you have.

For $300 + postage, you will not only get the book, the poster and a shout out in the book's thank you page, but you'll also get a portrait drawn by me of you or that special someone bedecked with a cephalopod. It makes for a great conversation piece and will no doubt be cherished by your grandchildren.

And there will be even more cool stuff available.

So check out the site on October 3 and watch your mail next Monday for the link to the Veeptopus Kickstarter.