It's a bit late, but sometimes that's how inspiration strikes. The White House was one of the few, if not the only, flag-bearing entities to return its flag to full staff a day after Sen. John McCain died. Though there's no requirement to keep it at half-staff, presidents traditionally make a proclamation to keep the flags lowered until after the funerals of prominent congressmen. President Trump made no such proclamation, but many buildings did so anyway - just not the white house.
Locally, that's been enough to upset even some of the born-and-bred Republicans in our newsroom. Heck, it was even enough to get the American Legion to write the president and tell him to lower the flag again. And that worked, but the question lingers as to why it was an issue in the first place. Even the local Perkins in Milford kept its flag at half-staff when the White House didn't. A restaurant that sells banana cream pies knows more about respect than the oval office these days. And they're not alone. On my morning drive alone, I see the Perkins, Okoboji City Hall, the Milford American Legion the Dickinson County Courthouse and, sometimes, the Spirit Lake Post Office. It seems the entire Lakes Area is of one mind when it comes to this issue.
I also took the time to save progress shots to compile into an animation. In this case, I actually used Google street view for most of the buildings. Like I've said before, I sometimes use reference imagery, but I never trace the image (otherwise my work would look a lot better). This particular panel required a lot of layer work to arrange the cluster of buildings in a somewhat un-chaotic manner. And, of course, I needed to swap the buildings left to right to make the pun work. In this case, it was all about the detail - indications of texture, architectural features and the like. Frankly, I've never appreciated just how phallic our state capitol building is. Of course, most government buildings are, but drawing it and seeing it are two different experiences. At any rate, the two "halves" if you will needed a bit of thematic separation, so I also used a scatter brush with a low opacity to give each a patriotically-themed cloud. After all, this is an issue involving flags.