The July cover for The American Spectator on 'The Ruling Class vs. The Country Class'. The writer’s point is that no one in a position of power in either party - or with a national voice - takes many of the public’s policy objections seriously... and that decisions about money are made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties. Welcome to politics as usual... Is one group more crooked than the next?...
Detail: Woman's dress does indeed reveal belly button whilst empty martini glass somehow finds a way to splash. ...
'Cloud Computing' for ON Magazine, Ronn Campisi, Art Director. Always great to hear from Ronn!...
One from a new series of works for BODASS - Burning Oil Drums and Skulls aSsociation....
And for Yankee Magazine's special 75th anniversary issue - on the stands September 1... "75 Things Every New Englander Should Do" - Lori Pedrick, Art Director - who was kind enough to let me post these a bit early. A fine assignment! Here are a few from the article...
And from a recent issue of Barron's.... Economic outlook: 10% chance of sunny skies! Things were beginning to look better some weeks back, but more storm clouds are on the horizon. ...
fiedlerAugust 11, 2010
Excellent and plentiful works!
Scott BakalAugust 11, 2010
Hey John...the Skull and Raincloud one are my favs in this post. Sweet and great talking to you the other day.
RobdAugust 11, 2010
I love that cover illustration.
I had an opportunity to try that "Cloud Computing" illo but Ronn thought otherwise. C'est la vie! I like your solution.
John DykesAugust 11, 2010
Thanks JDF & Scott - glad you like the skull.... an experimental piece... I plan on doing more like that.
RobD - You would be perfect for this conceptual 'Cloud' illo. This one took a bit more of a literal angle, which was fine by me. The focus was more on the look of the people in their environment, which I enjoyed doing. Thanks!
ZinaAugust 12, 2010
Every one is really nice, and I love the Barrons piece
Christoph HitzAugust 12, 2010
Great cover, I love the quick read and the fact that you packed in some nice details for people who like to look, like the mismatched car door and the double hit for the flag waver.
Drew FriedmanAugust 12, 2010
These are all terrific.
marcellus hallAugust 12, 2010
Kyle T WebsterAugust 12, 2010
Love the play with scale in the top image.
All of these are drawn beautifully. Your line is great.
Steve BrodnerAugust 12, 2010
Great fun John. Thanks.
Walter VasconcelosAugust 12, 2010
Great stuff John!The first image is perfect!
Jim PaillotAugust 12, 2010
Outstanding, John. That piece for ON Magazine blows me away. Love it.
Victor JuhaszAugust 12, 2010
These are great fun. I'm sort of shocked that the AMERICAN SPECTATOR article took such a seemingly reasonable position and not just dump on liberals. This is still Tyrell's publication, yes?
John DykesAugust 13, 2010
Thanks everyone... Yes Victor, I found the article to be an interesting insight - in that it is not a simple we good / they bad argument.
The paper is written by Angelo Codevilla, a professor of history at BU.
He says that because of recent policies and events, the country is being
split up into an elite class and a country class. We are moving
from a representative democracy to a political order where big players
and stakeholders determine policies that boost their own interests. (again - sort of politics as usual)
The concept that came to mind was based on those old Soviet propaganda photos where the leaders would present themselves on a Presidium - all lined up high above on a balcony of some sort. The public was informed of the various levels of power of this Council of Ministers by where they stood in relation to the Chairman.... or something like that. I remember being amazed at these real cheesy, badly retouched photos in a history book. A bit of a stretch to compare that to today’s American government - but fuel for an interesting perspective nonetheless.
A few quick quotes:
Our ruling class holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof.
By making economic rules dependent on discretion, our bipartisan ruling class teaches that prosperity is to be bought with the coin of political support.
...Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind.
He argues the solution is not at all clear or easy - and that it needs to come from the people and not from a party or organized political movement from 'above', or the same corruption and patronage will, by the nature of politics, ensue.
Leo EspinosaAugust 16, 2010
these are all great, John! I like the freezing water spots since I did a lot of polar bearing this summer up in New Hampshire
Audrey HaneAugust 16, 2010
You've been busy this summer John! Thanks for sharing your recent work, it continues to show your immense talent and intellect. I love that you are creating a variety of styles in your work. It's always nice hearing from you, keep the updates coming!