Which do you prefer? Political satire in art concerning President Donald Trump (“My Trump Fantasy” aka “Resisting the Urge”), or the cuddly cuteness of Chewie the Yorkshire Terrier’s pet portrait?
Welcome to my summary of the end of 2018 – a year so screwed up I can hardly look at the rest. I’ll touch on earmarks of the dramatic year and spotlight a new piece of political satire (Donald Trump art) and a photorealistic Yorkie pet portrait. Both of these genres are becoming audience favorites for fans of me, artist Susan Hicks.
After honing my drawing, graphic design, social media, ad design, and handmade artisan (metal clay) skills heavily in 2017, continuing the trend regularly in 2018 didn’t quite go as I might’ve desired as an artist, or simply a normally functioning person. I was not alone.
A Year of Di-SAS-ter Political Satire in Art[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”29″ gal_title=”All images”]
First there was website hell. I had to phone my hosting service with just about every site update of my own, and each software update from their end. My initial build is *still* not complete. A shop is yet to come. Taking a break for some Trump political art was actually a satirical relief from *that* chore.
WordPress was shifting and changing in fast progression upping a new block based builder called Gutenberg. The trickle-down effect into the plug-ins that run the show was like an earthquake. Everything was constantly updating and often breaking. An artist needs time to create, and I was consumed with battling a technical monster. An artist who doesn’t create loses revenue and a little sanity.
Then there were the national tensions evident for every US resident, expanding from vicious social media and news in the aftermath of an election that was deplorable on *both* sides. The last “new acquaintance” in misery was myasthenic crisis, which nearly killed me.
Sadly, so many people in my close circle had fantastically bad years too, and the more I ask around, the more I find folks having the same bad luck. I feel for you all!!!!!!! – SO, what follows is a bit of a look at my Trump political art and pet portrait work, which is always what gets me through the bad times.
My Trump Fantasy – Political Satire in Art
Despite all the medical adventures (and misadventures) I suffered in 2018, despite all the people drama on the internet and closer, despite technology hating me with every circuit involved, and despite so many having an awful year, one thing overshadowed the 365 days; something of odd color (to even non-artistic types) and little content.
I donned my political satire artist cap and created the work below entitled “My Trump Fantasy.” Also known as “Resisting the Urge,” it’s up for sale on RedBubble and Society6. This political art is about our current President Donald Trump specifically, and is not accusatory of those who voted for him (unless they actually do find themselves embodying any of the not-so-charming characteristics scribbled in below). Voting is a right and a duty, and I congratulate anyone who takes the time. Just as voting is such, speaking out with art (even Donald Trump art) is also a right and a duty for those inclined. The rest should be fairly self-explanatory. At the very least, I do not feel he embodies my own philosophy.
As far as the cartoon goes, I’d had the idea since I created my well received design “Alternative Facts” (Society6 / RedBubble), but at that time (a year ago) it would have been too soon to begin its creation. The “Alternative Facts” design shows redacted text with “Make Америка Great Again,” showing “America” in Cyrillic.
This artwork is available in my RedBubble collection “Taking a Stand” on many fine merchandise items from posters to fashion. You may also purchase it in the other art-to-product Melasdesign shop on Society6.
I suspected what is now coming to the forefront in the news even before the election, but needed to wait for the predictable to actually happen and be reported. Now we read, and wait. This has been a crashing rollercoaster of an administration.
When the time came to draw “My Trump Fantasy,” (see it on S6 too) it was a nauseating experience. Even so, I felt it my duty to create this political satire art of Trump. The guy just isn’t very pretty! Yes, it really was necessary to use quite a bit of orange to get his face and hair looking anywhere near correct. That part had me giggling. It was a sort of giggle, gag, giggle, wretch experience.
Now a Cutie – Meet Chewie
But enough ugliness! Onto a much more pleasing subject, by my way of thinking. My other final project of the year was a photorealistic pet portrait drawing of Chewie, an adorable teacup Yorkshire Terrier. Using a photo on screen for visual reference, I declared the drawing done after about 22 hours drawing time. Wasn’t it a great model pic?
When my eyes work with me, and my hand control is normal, these are examples of my abilities.
The drawings in this post are achieved thanks to availability of an Android platform tablet computer with pressure sensitive stylus combined with the inexpensive and the wonderful drawing app ArtFlow, which gives me the ability to step backwards and “ignore” any wild mistakes in muscle control of from distorted vision.
A Turn of Events
The good news as of January 2, 2019 is that a good deal the folks close to me suffering their own dreadful years have already had (at least temporary) reprieves from their drama of the last year, and I heard several positive turnaround stories in dealing with folks out and about on January 1. So fingers crossed for us all.