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How to Draw President G.W.Bush


Amaze your friends! Next time you're killing time at a bar with your friends, whip out a cocktail napkin and a ballpoint pen and let it rip. Hilarity ensues....

1. Start with a diamond shape.

2. High up towards the top of the diamond, draw two eyebrows that look like caterpillars mating. Add a short, straight bridge of the nose with very wide, flaring nostrils. Feel free to exaggerate here.

3. Bush has a long upper lip and a smallish mouth shaped kind of like a turtle's. Add a little shadow underneath the lower lip and some crease lines around the nose and eyes. Add a crappy, old white guy's haircut. Stupid bangs intensifies his redneck roots.

4. Jumbo ears. Can't go wrong here.

5. Add a suit and tie. Hell, he can be wearing anything. Your the editorial artist. Make a statement.

6. Ink accordingly. Everyone inks differently. Be creative.

There, now. Go get syndicated and live in a refrigerator box for the next few years and you're well on your way to being a professional editorial catoonist with a life expectancy of the average rabbit.

Comments (10)


Sorry John, I still ended up with a stick figure. :o(

I watched you do this in Helen, and I'm still in awe...

HEY Joan

I was just showin' off. Incurable grand-stander.....

Jonathan Hohensee:

This is off topic, but is this one of your paintings featured on Post Secret?


Nice guide. One still needs a bit of practice, I guess, my Bush turned out a bit fat and with mutant ears...

It looks like his but my guess is that it's not. I would like to know for sure as well though.


I took a look at the link and my goodness! It's not my work, but I can tell you I've been plowing the same plot of land.

Not crazy about the copy, but the rest of the piece was outstanding.

Nice catch.


funny tutorial hehe, great work!
regards from Portugal

Jonathan Hohensee:

I remember a couple years ago DC comics had an ad called "How to draw Lobo" where they started with the first two steps (draw simple shapes...then fill out the details) and for the third step was "throw away your paper and just buy issue #33 of Lobo, you're never going to an artist anyways."

I'm late to the game, but thanks. Doodled out a pretty good Bush during a meeting today. Th diamond? Didn't see that, but it works.

Here's to hoping you post more lessons.



John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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