SKETCHBOOK: How WCPO's cartoonist drew the Brent Spence editorial cartoon

Posted: 8:00 AM, Jul 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-15 12:00:53Z

Welcome back to my weekly Sketchbook, where I take you behind the scenes of my cartooning process. This week I'll show you how I drew an editorial cartoon about tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge.

As I mentioned last week, I'm dealing with tennis elbow and compressed nerves in my drawing hand and arm, so I've not been drawing as much as normal. It's getting better, but I'm drawing suuuuupppppeeerrr sslllooooowwwwllllyyy.

A cartoon normally takes a few hours to finish. The cartoons I've done this week have taken up to eight hours, but I'm getting back into the groove.

This week the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber released a poll that showed a majority in Greater Cincinnati support tolls to pay for a replacement Brent Spence Bridge.

Tolls have been a hotly contested topic, and I've drawn several cartoons about them over the years. Despite the support, many Kentucky lawmakers have kept tolls from being being an option on the table. With all the traffic on the Brent Spence, I couldn't help but think of those lawmakers as a traffic jam or roadblock standing in the way of the tolls.

Instead of going through the whole process, I thought I'd just share a (very speeded up) video of how I sketched and inked the cartoon.