Video: How I draw Donald Trump political cartoons | Signe Wilkinson

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Signe Wilkinson draws Donald Trump for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Politico asked me and seven other national cartoonists to do a caricature of Donald Trump on our iPads using the stop action feature that captures each stroke of our “pens.”  This is my contribution.

 You will see that I start with the hair which is so distinctive that the prescient cartoonist Garry Trudeau even drew a diagram of the Trump "do" in a 2007 Doonesbury strip. I’m guessing Trudeau didn’t have enough panels. For me, the hair is so full of life, it adds vigor to the entire drawing. It’s like a bird taking off in a wild trajectory and my pen follows along. You’ll notice my pen doesn’t always know where that trajectory is leading.

As an artist, I’m less excited about Trump’s eyes. They are small and cold, even when they are accompanying one of his grimacing grins. Fortunately, the rest of our President is a joy.  Very early on, I started drawing his long, long red tie and kept lengthening it. But so has everyone else. My brilliant colleague Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post gets the prize for a tie stretched so long it became a spider web catching Mr. Trump’s enemies. Recently, you’ll notice, I’ve downsized the tie to be more in proportion to his hands.

Some readers ask why I can’t be more even-handed in my cartoons. It’s a fair question given the divided nature of our country. My experience is that very few people have no opinion about the man. Just as my take on Trump is critical, conservative cartoonists are bitterly caustic about the Democratic “resistance” in their drawings.  A neutral cartoon says nothing and speaks to no one. 

But no matter what your political view is, I hope you enjoy seeing how a drawing takes shape.