Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kathy Dahlkemper

The latest issue of Great Lakes Life was centered around power women and included an interview with House of Representatives member, Kathy Dahlkemper. One of the issues raised was the hostility toward Dahlkemper from tea partiers, which lead to the first illustration. Initial sketches had Kathy taking on Alice's role at the mad tea party with the March Hare and Mad Hatter, but with the fairly recent Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland references seem a bit overused.

The second illustration focuses on the duality of Dahlkemper. While she is a politician and partial company owner, she is also a mother (grandmother at this point) who stresses family values. The old phrase "bring home the bacon and fry it in the pan," came up and I've been wanting to play around with a split illustration like this for a while.

Here are some of the original concepts for the illustrations.

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