Monday, March 23, 2015

Jackboots & Cowboy Hats, Part II

March 23, 2015
   There was some concern expressed last Friday by our publisher Ken Amorosano that my editorial illustration of a Sublette County deputy with a jackbooted Brown Shirt behind him with the Nazi insignia was too much. I reluctantly had to agree. When I went online to research Brown Shirts, I found dozens of depictions of Obama as a Brown Shirt, an SS officer, or as Hitler himself. I hate this kind of cliched hyperbole, from BOTH sides. Plus, I wasn't happy with the caricature of Wyatt Earp and thought I could do it better.

   On Saturday, after Kathy came home from Jazzercize, I had her take a couple reference shots of me in the pose I wanted:

Old Man take a look at yourself, you're a lot like me. . .

No, seriously old man, take a look at me acting like I'm twelve.

   Did some more prep sketches to capture the pose I wanted:

Daily Whip Out: "Wyatt Earp Studies for Jackboot Illustration"

   And whipped out a colored pen version:

Daily Whip Out: "Wyatt Earp Jackboot Study, No. 2"

   Got up this morning and whipped out the final before I came into work:

Daily Whip Out: "Wyatt Earp: 'Seriously? Jack Boots And Brown Shirts?'"

   Rushed it into the office to scan and changed the copy on my editorial (To The Point) to match the new version. Goes to press today.

"I was in command of the content, but not the form, and form is always the most important aspect of human communication."
—Karl Ove Knausgaard's #2 essay on America in New York Times magazine


  1. A nice follow up to the uniform story, but the Local LEO's are under attack right now by a faction that believes they are too violent & kill without reason. Wyatt may typify the reluctant lawman, preferring to buffalo Cowboys rather than shoot them, with that one major exception.

  2. It must be noted that the number of unarmed citizens killed by the police of the US far out number the quantity of police killed by armed citizens.


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