I have tons of carticatures at the Cox & Forkum site. Though I've posted a few of the old ones here, you can click here to see the full list.
I have tons of carticatures at the Cox & Forkum site. Though I've posted a few of the old ones here, you can click here to see the full list.
Jordan's King Abdullah II.
Cuban President Fidel Castro.
I illustrated the cover for the book Caucus of Corruption by Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan -- which is now on the market.
Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Vice President Dick Cheney.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Comedian Al Franken.
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Bolivian President Evo Morales.
After watching "El Dorado" for the jillionth time, I got my watercolor pad out and did this. By the way, has there ever been a more drunk, clueless, spittle-ridden sherrif than Robert Mitchum's?
Playing around with the concept of depicting celebrities as patron saints. This, of course, is St. Dean, patron saint of smokers and cocktail waitresses.
St. Barney is the patron saint of hall monitors and anti-gun lobbyists.
Thanks for the making the party! I've read many nice words of encouragement from ya'll and I wish could make a round of icy Beefeater martinis for all my new guests.
Please pop in any time. The beer is on the back deck and the bathrooms are to the left, behind the ceramic giraffe.
Don't touch the cd player, though
Goofing on three rock icons. Can you guess which ones?
St. Kurt is the patron saint of POW's.
Toying with a cover idea....
The patron saint of travel agents and liars...
The patron saint of bullfighters and barkeeps.
'Tis I, stickin' it to the Man. Notice the posh surroundings and the gaggle of dancing girls bringing me endless cocktails. Living the dream, baby.
Flight of the Conchords is my new favorite comedy duo. They do a fantastic job of lampooning "lounge music" by putting all these musical genres in a blender and then serving it up within a story line about weird, lovable losers trying to make a name for themselves. Enjoy.
St. Buster is the patron saint of actuaries.
Congratulations, you over-heated gasbag. The Anti-American Award (a.k.a the Nobel Peace Prize) goes to yet another Democratic demagogue bent on abusing America's character.
Which is worse....a preening Bostonian or an obnoxios New Yorker? Guess what? You get BOTH tomorrow!
Not a huge Giants fan as much as I'm a fan of historic upsets. I like the Giants over the Pats 27-24
UPDATE: Eli Manning MVP. Last two minutes was CLASSIC!
Of all the Republican candidates, John McCain seems to be one tough son of a gun. And it looks like he's on his way to facing the Democratic nominee for leader of the free world.
Too good to be true?
Will Farrell shoots an airball....
Science fiction writer extraordinaire. Thank you for your wonderful imagination.
This is my Mooktown Irregulars teammate, Bob. We call him Iceman because he's hits big darts when we need 'em.
He's a bit gruff, but that just makes him so damn cute.
Wonderful, bigger-than-life actor, who'll always be THE definitive Moses, has shuffled off this mortal coil. He delivered my all-time favorite movie line as Taylor in Planet of the Apes: "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty apes!"
Rev. Wright keepin' the faith....
Jeff Bridges (Obidiah Stane) and Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark) turn in bravura performances in Ironman. This turned out to be my favorite Marvel Comics-inspired movie to date.
Today, my favorite film comedian/auteur turned 82. He happens to have written, directed and acted in my all-time favorite comedy, "Blazing Saddles" and I owe him many thanks for cracking me up for so may years.
"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive."
The curse of the open mike.....GOTCHA Rev. Jackson.
I've been revisiting Hunter S. Thompson's '79 collection of articles and essays, "The Gonzo Papers, Vol 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time". He was experiencing a new style of writing and you can sense he's trying to hang on by his crusty fingernails.
I finished up Michael Shaara's novel on the Battle of Gettysburg. Wonderful reading yet quite sad.
I'm just waiting for Biden to shoot his mouth off...
Why does choosing an obscure governor (she had the job for a shorter period of time than OBAMA HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR PREZ!) from an obscure state (have you checked out the population total of Alaska lately?) strike me as incredibly desparate? Does McCain expect me to believe Sara Palin is an EXCELLENT choice to lead the United States if he suddenly is unable to maintain the presidency? Her resume reads like a fortune cookie.
I'm utterly fascinated with the prospect of Todd Palin being the Second Dude. You know the guy has this Grizzly Adams vibe and I keep wondering how he might fare in the glitzy microscope of THE CENTER OF THE FREE WORLD.
Yes, I believe the man knows what he's doing. Now...where did I put that Kool Ade?
Emanuel is a serious Democrat insider. He made his bones in Chicago poliltics (not known for the cleanest tactics) as senior adviser and chief fund raiser for Mayor Richard Daley in'89. Went on to be a Clinton adviser from '92 to '98.
What's particualarly significant: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman since '02. This guy has got to know some serious dirt on just everybody in Congress. Make no mistake, this dude is a shark.
And now he's Obama's chief of staff, the conduit between the President and Congress. He might be the THIRD most powerful man in the White House, behind the Prez and the VP.
The new Bond film, "Quantum of Solace", hit the theaters this weekend. Looking forward to catching it soon.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks has opened up his fat mouth once too often. Insider trader allegations have Mark Cuban in an uproar.
Time to vogue here in Atlanta. Madonna is gracing us with her diva-ness this week. Lucky star, indeed.
We seem to be in the midst of a Hollywod blitzkrieg of Nazi movies. Let's count them, shall we?
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
Without having to debate these movies on moral grounds, it's easy to see Oscar considers downer movies high art. This year's theme? NAZIS, TOO, HAD YEARNING HEARTS. (Let's not quibble about that world-domination thing, though).
Come on, Norm. Concede to the uber-lefty newbie cum Saturday Night Live comedy writer.
Oh, Minnesota, I'm soooooo disappointed....but HIGHLY ENTERTAINED.
Mr. Reality came knockin' on Caroline Kennedy's door. Poor thing.....
Penn wins Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in the the movie, "Milk".
I've been catching The Tonight Show lately. Much better with O'Brien.
This guy is running against incumbent Ahmadinejad for president of Iran. How many times is Mousavi going to find a severed camel head in his bed before this thing plays out?
The Atlanta Journal Constitution got wind of my caricatures popping up in Berlin and decided they it would make a neat little item on page 2 of the paper. Scanning the article was a bit tricky but it's mostly legible. There were no stsunning details, just the facts of how Harvey Scobie brought the Reuters photo to my attention and how these things happen where images get co-opted for uses that generally come to a surprise to the artist. Candice Dyer did a fine job of getting across the oddness of it all. Special thanks go out to her for making this a fun little ride.
Now I'm thinking about the poster business....
This is Decatur's local music legend and poet extraordinaire. And an entirely good egg, too.
This is the actual artwork displayed on my June 16, '09 post (see this archive for Reuters photograph) I thought it might be fun to put these two "notorious" caricatures on the auction block. Have fun and good luck!
LEFT: Ayatollah Khamenei
7" x 11"
graphite on bristol board
RIGHT: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
7" x 10.25"
watercolor on paper
I will include in the sale price an actual Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the Berlin rally cut from that day's paper, June 20, 2009
BIDS ARE ONLY FOR BOTH PIECES PURCHASED TOGETHER.
All bids taken through this post's comment thread.
Bidding starts $300
Bids increase in increments of $10 ($10, $20, $30 etc.....)
Final bid will be accepted up to 12noon eastern time Thursday, July 2. (The official time is what my website clock says.)
Thanks everybody. I'll do this once again down the line.
I've e-mailed the winner and let him know he is the proud owner of a bit of blogoshpere history.
Sylvia Cross, the gallery owner at 120 Sycamore Place here in Decatur, thought it would be fun to fill the gallery space with roughly 140 of the caricatures I've done over the years. The opening was July 4th and the visitors got a kick out of all the different personalites I've lampooned. Not many sales, but the vibe was very appropriate to such a loose and unconventional group of work.
I put the pieces up for sale at $100 each. You can find almost all of them on the old Cox and Forkum site at the Newsmaker caricature button and at this site's caricature archives. If there are any takers out there, e-mail me your choice. If it's available, I'll let you know and I'll be happy to send it along.
"OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM AND AN OPINION COLUMN ARE ABOUT AS SIMILAR AS THE BIBLE AND PLAYBOY MAGAZINE."
"THAT'S IT. IF I'VE LOST CRONKITE, I'VE LOST MIDDLE AMERICA."
-Lyndon B. Johnson-
When I was young kid in the 60's and 70's, Walter Cronkite seemed to me the only newsman in existence. As if our television was his personal pipeline into our house.
Speedster Ricky Henderson was inducted into Cooperstown this weekend with some larcenous numbers:
* 1,406 stolen bases
* 2,295 runs scored
* 2,129 unintentional walks
* 81 homers leading off a ballgame.
This guy made thievery a beautiful science.
So passes a very influential man whose legacy will echo among the halls of the Senate.
Tossing a copy of the United Nations Security Council charter, Moammar was feeling frisky this week during his impassioned UN speech.
I recently did some caricatures at a craft fair. The weather was stunning, the cotton candy was spinning.
I had the pleasure of doing Rick's caricature recently. For $75, you, too, can be drawn up by a professional! Beware, though. I tend to get a bit silly.
Phil Mickelson had an inspiring four days in Augusta. Considering his family concerns, kind of makes Tiger self-induced pantlessness seem rather shallow.
Archie Bunker had a bunch of faults, but he was always a family man.
Show Dad some love this Sunday.
There are certain long-time Democrats who would like to have the the swamp left intact.
"ALL I NEED ARE SOME TASTY WAVES, COOL BUDS...AND I'M FINE."
Sean Penn goes the half century mark today. How old do you feel NOW?
Surely, he created one of the all-time great screen buffoons, detective Frank Drebin.
While I was away for Christmas, my family members and I caught "True Grit" which
features Jeff Bridges as the bloody Rooster Cogburn and a sparkling performance by first-timer Hallee Steinfeld as the gritty, sharp-tongued Mattie Ross.
Jeff Bridges expands and clarifies the Cogburn role made famous by John Wayne in the original. I'm sure there are many die-hard Wayne fans that aver his performance was the ultimate expression of the boozy, burnt out marshall with a weakness for doomed adventures. I'm happy to state that Bridges brings a contemporary flair to the role that the Coen brothers seize in their teeth, six-guns blazing.
Jeff Bridges for Best Actor in 2010.
I entered this illustration at Illustration Friday for this week's theme, "Layer". For the next few days, go and see how this theme was interpreted by other artists.
UPDATE FEB 26 VIA DONKEYROCK
There you go, ladies and gentlemen, as seen on The CNN website. My caricature of Gadhafi (posted here) was done many, many, many moons ago for the Cox and Forkum site. Now it's back.
My stars, it's seems a catchy caricature speaks the international language of whacky.
ORIGINAL FOR SALE: $325(SOLD FEB 25, no longer for sale)
The first person to offer $325 for the original (6 1/4" x 7", watercolor on paper) on THIS COMMENT THREAD will receive this piece and just a wafer-thin slice of history.
This is not an auction. Only the first positive response is in play. No counter offers.
Doc Al is the proprietor of my favorite bar, Trackside Tavern, here in Decatur. A portion of the wall space at Trackside will be dedicated to caricatures of the bar staff and any other regulars who want to be on the wall.
(The glasses are a new "look" since the photograph was taken.)
If you'd like to commission a caricature of yourself or someone special, just e-mail me at email@example.com and we can discuss the details. 8x10 color caricatures go for $150 and ususally takes 2-3 days. All you need is a great photo and I can take from there!
It has happened again. My caricature of Assad that I did on October 17, 2005 (see that post on the old Cox and Forkum site found in the archives) has popped up in a recently gathering of angry anti-government citizens.
First it was Khameini and Ahmadinejad (June 20, 2009). Then it was Gadaffi (February 24, 2011). Now Assad. I'm waiting on my Kim caricature to make it sometime.
A large hat-tip to Robert Tracinski, editor of The Intellectual Activist, for bringing this to my attention.
AND THE ORIGINAL IS AVAILABLE!
It's been brought to my attention, via Allen Forkum and others, my Ahmadinejad (second from the left) and Khameini (fourth from the left) caricatures have inspired Iranian protesters once again.
I'm digging the size of the masks. Very enterprising.
This is for K-Nine, a Civil War re-enactor, whom I had the pleasure of seeing at Eric's Hysteric's last October. Upon seeing the video that featured my work in Sean Minton's college project, he thought it might be fun to have a "fancy monkey with a magic pen" render his caricature as a present for the Holidays.
I must point out that the photograph of K-Nine was shot by the talented Erica Sherman. You can read more about her work on her Flicka site
You might have noticed I haven't posted anything new for three days now. Well. Sunday night, I suffered a myocardial infarction. Spent three fun-filled days at Emory recovering. Angioplasty was a success. Many pills to gobble. No smoking, no drinking for a long long time.
I'll get back to drawing in a day or two.
TO EVERYONE WHO LEFT SUCH HEARTWARMING MESSAGES OF ENCOURAGEMENT...
What can I say? Presenting my work to you has been a joy. It's been my privilege to entertain and provoke such a wondrous variety of good souls.
I have every intention to keep swinging for the fences and hope to heaven your participation is rewarded with lively artwork.
Thanks for reminding me, and each other, how a little kindness and encouragement can be inspirational. You're all ACES.
His second shot on the 10th at the second playoff hole was amazing. Not only did he get it out of the pines with enough height and length, but he sculpted the shot to bend around and land ten feet get from the pen 164 yards away. Gutsy call.
Do you enjoy this website and know that special someone who could use a good laugh? Let me invite you to share the gift of humor by commissioning a caricature for the Christmas Season.
For $75 (plus postage cost), you'll receive a 9" x11" watercolor caricature based on photographs you can simply e-mail. Within three days of making a Paypal payment, I'll send you a finished caricature that'll be a hilarious Christmas story for years to come. Just contact me at my e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can get started!
(JUST A REMINDER: Ordering a caricature in the next few days will allow for any possible postal delays.)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is coming to the Tabernacle to put on some shows during the Final Four.
Heaven just got funnier. Godspeed.
And so it goes.
Above is my caricature of Doug Toney, a fellow caricaturist who got my attention recently with his very cool work.
Our styles are markedly different; mine being a bit old school with watercolors on paper with a smidgeon of Photoshop. Doug is more comfortable with creating most of his visual effects in Photoshop. But I will be clear about this: his drawing skill is more than evident and sets his work apart from other digital artists who obviously haven't mastered drawing. Doug's the real deal.
Disney's live-action epic, "Lone Ranger" has bombed at the box office. Turns out the kids aren't digging the 1950's pop culture icon with the mysterious past and a penchant for silver bullets. $250+ mill is a steep losing bet for a company known for animated pabulum. The Walt Disney Studios will now leave bloody, live-action pictures to the grown-ups.
And casting a white-bread Hollywood screen idol as the notable stoic Native American sidekick did not help.
Iran's new president will inherit U.S. distrust and Middle Eastern angst. WHEEEEEEEE.
Now that I've been more involved with social media, I'm finding more opportunity to explore and refine my work. You can follow me on Instagram when you hashtag johncoxart. I try to do a caricature almost daily for that location. Feel free to leave a "Hello" if you like.
Obama is doing his best Clouseau routine these days, bumbling after answers to the wrong questions.
Kinda rootin' for the guy.
With a steely mental approach and crafty shot making, Watson owned this years Masters Tournament. A real pleasure to watch.
California Democrat, Rep. Shiff, suggests looking deeper into the deaths at Benghazi is a waste of time. Really? It makes this administration look painfully inept, but let's clear up how to avoid this from ever happening again, eh?
Tim Burton characters truly lend themselves to caricatures.
The legendary fictional creation by Doyle has been on screen for decades and been performed by dozens of actors who bring their own look to the good detective. I've always been drawn (HAH!) to the Basil Rathbone look.
About this time, 150 years ago, General Sherman is working his way to Savannah, Georgia, having just put Atlanta to the match. His troops will live off the land as they make their fiery trek across the belly of Georgia and arrive on the coast December, 10.
Before Alec Guinness was Obi Wan, he played the heroically stoic Colonel Nicholson in the epic 1957 picture, "The Bridge Over The River Kwai".
Welcome the new U.S. Open champ to the select golfers who have taken the game to new heights at such a young age
Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, is taking a run at being the Republican nominee for the U. S. Presidency in 2016. Uh.... good luck with THAT.
Doug Toney and I decided it would be fun to do something we call "The Caricature Challenge". I picked the era and country of origin and he picked the historical character. I suggested the late 1800's in England, and he came up with William Holman Hunt, a prominent painter in his day that started (with his painter buddies) what we call The Pre-Raphaelites. The paintings are lush, detailed, magnificently rendered with lots of drama and sparkling color. Their intent was to explore romantic themes that featured high ideals of beauty, heroism, truth, blah, blah blah. You know the stuff legends are made of.
Doug Toney is a caricaturist I admire and his friendship has been inspiring. His take on Mr. Hunt is below my version. The differences are alarming. You'll probably have to look up Hunt to see what we were after.
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.