Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Jack Kemp was cut from a different cloth than many republicans. “The party of Lincoln needs to rethink and revisit its historic roots as a party of emancipation, liberation, civil rights and equality of opportunity for all.”

An all-star quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, twice champions of the American Football League. He connected his concern for minorities with his respect for his black teammates. A self described bleeding heart conservative, Kemp was elected to Congress representing suburban Buffalo and served from 1971 to 1989. He left the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid. He later served as President George H.W. Bush's housing secretary and ran for vice president as Bob Dole's running mate.

Jack Kemp passed away at his home in Bethesda, Maryland on May 2nd after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

  1. May 11, 2009 -

    Larry, great job on Jack Kemp! It looks just like I always think of him. I was sad to hear he died--I hadn't been aware he had cancer until I read about him. Sad. Great portrait!

  2. May 12, 2009 -

    Very cool! I've always wanted to draw on newspaper but haven't found the right subject matter yet. I'm very excited to find another pen and ink artist.

  3. May 12, 2009 -

    That's nice of you to say Megan. I don't really labor over what to draw each day for this blog. It's more about the process than the drawing. The subjects present themselves to me as I'm reading my morning paper. Glad you found your way here, I hope you'll visit often. And good luck with your illustration career. L