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Drone On

APRIL 19, 2012

Michael Hogue from the Dallas Morning News called a while back to ask if I was available to do a portrait of president Obama for a story on the administration's increasing reliance on unmanned drones to fight the War On Terror (I always think there should be an exclamation point at the end of that). At the time I was working on a fun, silly caricature of Obama, and the thought of doing a straight portrait simultaneously sounded like fun. I had the great propaganda posters from China and the Soviet Union in mind while I was working on this. Not because I feel Obama in any way resembles those godless commie bastards, but because those images were so powerful. Those drones look like deadly mechanical mosquitos flying in formation under a bloody sky to me.