I had a great time in 2008 observing the news and the people who made it. What started as an exercise in observing and drawing a portrait every day, for me at least, became something more after I started posting them. After all, there's nothing special about these simple doodles done in ball point pen on my morning newspaper. But the whole somehow became greater than the sum of it's parts. The drawings and the content when seen as a group became a myopic record of sorts, historic events viewed from my kitchen counter over a cup of coffee and peaking out from behind a drawing, the first woman to have a serious shot at being president, the failure of our corporate and financial institutions, the first woman on the GOP ticket, the rising stars and the passing legends. I did my best to depict movie stars, failed leaders, rock stars, celebrity chefs, athletes, cabinet appointments, religious leaders, the famous, the infamous, and the first African American to be elected President of the United States, all doodled right over the stories about them.

Happy New Year.

Stay tuned in 09.

  1. Brendan S. Kelly
    December 30, 2008 -

    Larry...It was a pleasure watching the news unfold through your portraits this past year. I look forward to the next wave of "doodles". Happy New Year to you and the rest of the Roibal family!

  2. JOann McCarthy
    December 30, 2008 -

    Larry, I really enjoyed this throughout the year. Happy New Year! Love Jo

  3. December 30, 2008 -

    Great work, Larry - seeing your accumulated efforts in this manner is awe-inspiring! Happy New Year! L ;^)

  4. Michel
    December 30, 2008 -

    Extremely impressive. Should get wider audience. Have a great new year you and your family. Looking forward to the new year for doodles and apples.

  5. Pat D
    December 30, 2008 -

    Hi Larry, I have enjoyed these this year and look forward to 2009! Happy New Year. Pat

  6. alice
    December 30, 2008 -

    Larry, You never cease to amaze me. I have really enjoyed seeing a small part of your work on a daily basis, it reminds me of when you were still at home and painting in our spare bed room. Happy New Year Son.

  7. January 3, 2009 -

    Larry, what fascinating work you do. I just discovered your blog via your visit to my Compose blog. I'm putting you in my reader so I won't miss a thing you do.

  8. January 3, 2009 -

    Brendan, Thanks, you're so kind, same to you and yours. .............. Joann, Thanks, see you soon I hope .............. Leif, Gracious as ever, thanks for the kind words and Happy New Years! .............. Michel, Looking forward to working with you in 09. .............. Pat, Thanks for everything Good luck in the New Year! .............. Mom, Happy New Year! I have more to thank you for than I could ever do justice here. .............. Dianne, Welcome and thank you for your kind words. I'm a fan of yours and your thoughtful posts on composing and picture making. .............. My apologies for taking a few days off to enjoy with my family. My wife Donna has had off from work and our two children Andrew and Alyssa are home from college for the holiday. I'll be back on schedule on Monday the 5th with an all new doodle. Happy New Year! Larry

  9. January 3, 2009 -

    A very impressive and inspired body of work you've created in 2008. Thanks so much for the well-wishes! All the best for you and your family for a prosperous new year. I look forward to following your daily drawings again in 2009.