Bell drawing Ming…

Guardian Unlimited (stupid name…) has got a nice little feature of Steve Bell at the Lib Dem conference.

Going to the conferences really makes a big difference in terms of developing your understanding of what the politicians look like. Most cartoonists have access to a rich library of photos and will eagerly watch conference broadcasts looking for quirky idiosyncracies that we might pick up on in later cartoons, but nothing compares to actually being there. Sitting only meters away, Steve has the chance to study Ming in detail – down to the folds in his trousers.
As I wasn’t in the hall this year, and had to rely on BBC’s edited viewpoint, I focused on Ming’s face in particular (See below).

Steve’s finished cartoon is probably the best anyone has done from this conference in my opinion. He doesn’t simply revert to an easy joke about the Lib Dem’s leader’s age, which frankly is so cheap it’s getting tedious, but makes a much more interesting comment on Ming the leader.

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2 Responses to “Bell drawing Ming…”

  1. Matt Buck Says:

    > Steve’s finished cartoon is probably the best anyone has done from this conference in my opinion. He doesn’t simply revert to an easy joke about the Lib Dem’s leader’s age, which frankly is so cheap it’s getting tedious, but makes a much more interesting comment on Ming the leader.

    Well, it’s all opinions. I can agree that the ‘line’ on Ming – too old – is boring in its consistency, but it’s also, not wrong.

    It’s not even that Ming IS too old, it’s that he LOOKS too old and unfortunately with politics being a game of surfaces, that’s really all that matters. Sadly.

  2. poldraw Says:

    Well, you’re right of course in that it’s not wrong. I’ll probably do it myself at some stage soon. Indeed it’s difficult NOT to do something that can be perceived to be ageist when you caricature him.

    My rather sycophantic sounding point with regards to Steve’s cartoon is that I think the cartoon works better than most things done during this conference, because he takes the joke beyond the age-gag. That doesn’t mean the ‘ageist’ reference isn’t in there, or that comments about his age (or unfortunate ageing looks) are irrelevant.

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