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Drone On
posted: 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.
7 comments
Victor Juhasz April 19, 2012
Killer. Scary good Dale.
Rob Dunlavey April 19, 2012
This is the dawn of the Era of the Drone… Too bad it had to be on Obama's watch. Your excellent portrait brings this sobering fact home.
Steve Brodner April 20, 2012
Dale: I am working on one such like. There is good Obama and bad Obama. That is the modern presidency. But our job to call it out. Well done.
Steve Brodner April 20, 2012
Dale: I am working on one such like. There is good Obama and bad Obama. That is the modern presidency. But our job to call it out. Well done.
Dale April 20, 2012
Thanks guys. Steve, absolutely, this is the modern presidency. I always wonder what it must be like for a new president to come in on the first briefing of his term and realize how deep the rabbit hole goes.
harry April 22, 2012
I really like this more sober approach of yours Dale, not that I don't appreciate the humorous work as well, just this really showcases your skill, flat out. Really dig the drone pattern, would work all by itself.
Tim OBrien April 24, 2012
Must kill Dale. His portrait too good. Must kill Dale... ;-)
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