From last week:
During my visit to the New York Times Op-Ed page last friday, there was an abrupt death. An illustration that was supposed to run on the letters page was killed at 6pm. Yikes. Since I was the only illustrator in the room not occupied by art direction and page proofing, Brian Rea and Sam Weber pulled out a chair and said "Want to take a crack at this one?" It was like getting the call to pinch hit from the bench in the bottom of the ninth! Pick me out a winner, Bobby. I rolled up my sleeves and with my uni-ball micro and some copy paper, came up with this quick solution.
It had been a few years since I felt the delightful rush of completing a drawing from idea to finish in a half hour. The experience fully confirmed my oft-referred to statement that the NYT Op-Ed page is illustration's greatest "Extreme Sport." This one ran on Monday.