Earlier today I heard Terry Gross on Fresh Air interview Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America; click here to listen to that interview, access the transcript, and purchase the book if you’re so inclined. Wylie outlines how in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, teams of well-financed social scientists, and some sophisticated Facebook algorithms targeted and harnessed the residual power of an interesting demographic, i.e., straight white men who felt humiliated and emasculated by marginalizing forces well beyond their control. They were manipulated and promised a return to an imaginary golden era that fortunately never existed. I’m considering getting the book. The title says it all! The interview prompted this:
I can still hear her voice. Her full name was: Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne “Cokie” Roberts. 1943-2019
[My way of spending a little extra time with her. One hour and twenty-five minutes and 3,138 brush strokes, to be exact, in Sketch Club on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil, plus a tweak in iColorama.]
A freehand, digital drawing done on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Sketch Club app.
After reading this article in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, I question the judgment of the Democratic Party even more; but, I’m nowhere near leaving it…most of the time. The party suffers from what the GOP fears the most, namely, pluralism.
I painted this in the Sketch Club app on my iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil this evening. I tweaked it here and there in the Colorama app. If you go to the article I referred to above, you’ll see the Geordie Wood photo I referenced.
I so enjoyed this Lianna Pevar photo reference found on Twitter (see below) that I felt the urge to create a digital painting of a cropped portion of it in Sketch Club with a tweak in iColorama. Visit the photographer’s site here: Lianna Pevar. Besides, Croz has one of those faces…. I’ve attempted that face elsewhere on this illustroblog, click here to view those renditions.
These are some of the public servants whom I admire; in his own way, each of these men has stood up to the most divisive, corrosive, and imbecilic leader this country has known. Rather than call attention to him and those whom he is leading astray, I shed a little light on these three models of public service.
Today I add this iPad drawing, done in Sketch Club and tweaked in iColorama, to the Homemade Trump-Related Editorial Cartoons page on this illustroblog as four congresswomen, Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Omar, and Tlaib speak out against the current occupant of the White House and his ongoing xenophobic, racist, and hateful comments, which need to be condemned.