This is not a terribly original gag (in fact, shortly after I started working on it, I noticed another cartoonist had already done something similar). However, I thought some specifics about my approach to it, such as the severed arm Gaddafi’s using to paint, might set it apart. The way the blood reads as both blood and paint is also unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else, except maybe my own stuff from a few months ago. Hopefully this doesn’t mean I’m beginning to repeat myself–blood and violence do seem to be increasingly common themes in my cartoons, but heck, that’s the reality of war, right?
I feel my caricature of Gaddafi’s not as good as the last time I drew him, although my choice of color for his skintone seems a bit more accurate. I would’ve rather drawn something that put emphasis on the revolutionaries’ victory than Gaddafi’s defeat, but I didn’t have any good ideas to that end, and besides, “positive” cartoons (as opposed to cynical ones) aren’t usually my strong suit.