I don't know about you, but I'm glad I won't be writing a fifth story about the Iowa Caucuses. First, it was the Democratic mobile reporting app that failed on caucus night, then it was the recanvass for Buttigieg and Sanders, then it was a recount for Buttigieg and Sanders, and finally we all learned that basically nothing changed – and Mayor Pete dropped out. One theory is he's been offered a VP position with another candidate.
Regardless, our state's pride of the political cycle – the first-in-the-nation caucuses – was finally certified the Democratic results just a few days ahead of Super Tuesday. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, not many Iowans are particularly proud of this year's caucus.
I actually tried to take a time lapse video of the sketch being created but, like a true introverted artist, the camera made me too nervous. I decided to just do a warm up sketch to get the jitters out, and that ended up being my final sketch – not surprising, knowing myself. Texture was a big factor in this one. Hatching, cross hatching and some rounded hatching on the weights gave the feeling of several surfaces while keeping a pretty unified visual. The white dots on the tortoise's limbs and head added another textural element, which was good for a little contrast. The blurred landscape also helped keep the tortoise and the hare in the forefront, and the text box kept the eye from wandering the blurry hillsides too long.
Frankly, the hare's pose was the biggest challenge, which added to the pressue under the time lapse camera. You can see in the process animation I sketched out a few poses on the page, and there were even a few more on a different page which I ultimately erased. The tortoise was quite a bit easier, but the challenge there was to fit all the states that have already held primaries or caucuses plus those that make up Super Tuesday on the shell. In fact, I almost forgot South Carolina. Thankfully my editor caught it on press night, and it was an easy addition.
This cartoon was split over two days and probably took around five hours total.
Thanks for reading.