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Firefighter Donald Herbert memorial illustration, in progress #2.
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In Progress #2. The poem excerpt is by Brian Jackson's father. A little cluttered, and the shields aren't finished; I'll clean things up this evening.
Dallas Police Officer Brian Jackson (left) and Providence, Rhode Island Detective Sergeant James Allan.
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Here's the original cartoon, drawn and posted last November-
I noticed in my research today that the Brian Jackson memorial page has a link to the original cartoon. Thanks for that. It's nice to make some sort of contribution. It's also helps greatly to have much better photos to work from than I could find last November at the time of Officer Jackson's funeral. Time tends to bring out the better photos.
I hope the friends and families of both fallen officers (and native Rhode Islanders) will be comforted by this newer illustration.
A memorial cartoon for Trooper Steven R. Smith of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, in progress.
A few months ago I stumbled across the story of Officer Brian Jackson, a newlywed police officer slain while responding to a domestic violence incident. Like the stories of most fallen soldiers and officers, it flashed by quickly in the constant and tumultuous media stream; I was fortunate to have caught a glimpse of it at all. I have a lot of irons in the fire, but I decided to draw at least one cartoon on this more than worthy subject of fallen officers.
Since I drew and posted that one very quickly drawn cartoon back in November, it's received continued attention, including a phone call from a relative of Officer Jackson and an email from Roxanne Palmer, editorial cartoonist for The Brown Daily Herald, who told me that she knows a friend of Officer Jackson and very much appreciated the cartoon, so much so that it influenced her placing a link to faithmouse on her site. Honoring our fallen heroes trumps ideologies, as well it should.
I've decided to draw and post a few more memorials this week, including a complete reworking of the Jackson/Allen cartoon. I don't have a methodology or plan- just whatever story happens to catch my eye. Let's see how many we can complete by the time for Sunday's Stop The ACLU toon.
Here's a rework of a cartoon from 2004. The original cartoon can be seen in the gallery of Pro-Life cartoons. I've also made the design available on a variety of items in our Cafe Press store, for anyone who might like to help support the site.
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It's an old joke, but this portrait was returned because the background color doesn't match a couch. I'm not a snob, so I don't mind repainting the background; however, the painting has sat in my studio for the past eight months alongside many other painting projects which I really need to return to once I manage to finish a few cartoons. Chris happened to mentioned today that I should finish the painting something before these kids enter college, hence, the bright idea (since I have five cartoons in progress all going nowhere at once) to use it for today's toon. So, there it is.
Visitors to my older .com site, before I decided to redirect all traffic to this blog (easier to take care of one site than two) may remember the link to my portrait studio. I've drawn or painted some 2,000 portraits, many at my studio at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas during the 1990's, but not too many as of late, as the cartooning, which is relatively a new industry for me is absolutely consuming. The painting above was done quickly as a Christmas present; it isn't one of my best, but it has a few nice touches, mainly in my niece's hair and skin tone, which are probably the only parts of the painting close to being finished. Now that I have it back in my hands I'll give it a little more attention. You might be able to tell from this painting that I'm an aficionado of Mary Cassatt, as well as other impressionistic portrait and figure artists, such as Vuillard, Renoir, Degas, etc.
The interesting thing about paintings-the physical painting itself, is that contemplating the piece brings you back to where you were when you were working on it. A painting is memory amber, freezing the artist's thoughts and feelings at the moment of creation. I can still recall the songs playing on the radio when I was working on this piece, the weather, how cold the studio was, house chores I was doing around the project, specific abstract thoughts.
Most of my paintings and some of my cartoons are accomplished completely on prayer. That's because it's impossible for me to make these images; I don't have the talent or the patience. If I'm effective it's because God has taken whatever minor abilities I have and has made them so, usually because (and I don't know if this is fair or unfair) I throw it all back on Him, especially when I've worked myself into some sort of a jam, which is always.
To be truly successful, a painting or a cartoon only has to be effective for one person. If a portrait fulfills a need for someone who has lost a loved one, it's successful. If a cartoon expresses a deeply held belief for someone, so much so that they wish to show it on their own site, or print a copy to post on their refrigerator or work cubicle, it's successful. Only God knows what will make an image effective for that individual- and by effective I mean that it confirms a spiritual truth and strengthens a personal faith. Christ, who has created everything, isn't a snob. I believe He's more than happy to express His love for humanity through the arts.
If you've ever visited the Vatican you probably have a copy of L'Osservatore Romano (The Roman Observer) which you may have snagged as a free souvenir of your excursion to the smallest nation in the world. I've received this email from Father Tom Carleton who operates Fetal-Pain.com regarding recent changes in the English version of the official Vatican City newspaper.
Dear Friends, Ave Maria!
As you all know, it has been the centuries-old tradition in the vernacular languages to capitalized pronouns and possessive pronouns referring to Almighty God and to our Divine Lord Jesus. Faithful translations of the Popes' letters and addresses into the vernacular tongues have always maintained this important sign of respect for the majesty of God and the divinity of Our Blessed Lord. The English translations coming now from the English Edition of the Osservatore Romano have systematically stopped this Catholic protocol, most recently in the Pope's encyclical.
New cartoon in the Francis series, in progress...
Salvage at Hairy Fish Nuts (www.hairyfishnuts.com) has a new post regarding the current series. Here's some excerpted commentary and comments from his site. For younger children placed in front of the computer by their parents, much of this will go over their heads; for older children who got here on their own, I believe they can handle it-
Gaybear no more!
All it took was the love of a Christian woman apparently:
And all his Gayness vanished in a puff of wow they really don't understand homosexuality in any way do they?
Gay isn't a choice, it isn't a condition, Jesus isn't going to "cure" it ...
I'm a big fan of Faithmouse, party because I am crazy jealous of Dan's (the cartoonist) illustrating talents but mostly because it's just such pure wingnut. Oddly Dan himself seems like a super decent guy, go figure.
He also inspired my own comic strip about the unborn...
So you think homosexuals decided one day that they are going to pursue same sex relationships instead of opposite sex relationships? -shoelace414
Shoelace414, nobody knows if gays are born gay or if it's something they become later. A lot of idiots like to pretend that they know for sure that gays are born gay... -Stankleberry
Except, you know, the gays themselves. Could ask them. If, you know, you really wanted an answer and not a talking point....And (it's not, but) so what if it was a choice? People freely choose their own religions and that doesn't seem to bother other people...-Uncle Mike
UM: The more homophobic a person is, the more they're in denial about their own sexual orientation. It's a fear thing. -Dave
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The photograph in the cartoon was taken during my trip with Chris to the Blogs4Life conference a few weeks ago. The World War II Memorial is on the mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the latter unseen here because it would be directly behind you, the viewer, only much closer than the distance to the Lincoln Memorial. There was no water in the large center or side pools of the memorial, which I imagine was due to the fact that water can freeze in January. The long reflecting pool leading up the the Lincoln Memorial was empty as well, except for a few ducks maintaining a stubborn presence in a slight muddy strip of liquid which remained in the center.
The photograph in the cartoon is from a composite of four images that I stitched together in Photoshop. Click on the image below to see a much larger view (large download).
'Real I.D.' has appeared in threads of both praise and condemnation, so it must be a good toon. I have yet to see a comment recognizing that the cartoon references the ACLU's opposition to the federal government's proposed Real ID program, which aims to standardize driver licenses across the States. One of the ACLU's stated points of disagreement with the program is that it will raise taxes. Let's hold the American Civil Liberties Union to that concern, especially to the fact that the windfalls awarded to them by Judges and paid out to them with taxpayer monies results in exactly the same.
Susan Peterson, in response to a post I made on ProLife Blogs has this request-
I marched at this march (the 33rd Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2006) with people from my son's Orthodox church. There was a big banner saying "Orthodox Christians for Life" and there was a memorial service with beautiful singing on the corner just before the steps of the court. Did you see the banner or the service? Do you know of any pictures posted anywhere of it. I took one with my cell phone but the quality isn't high. Year after year the coverage of the March for Life in the MSM is poor. I am disappointed in Fox News, though. Maybe some letters to them will get them there next year.
I took photos of a number of signs and banners, but missed that one. If you've a pic of Susan's son's banner, email me at faithmouse(@)yahoo(dot)com and I'll gladly pass along the info.