Obama editorial portrait artist Lukas Ketner explains Wilmette Week illustration

I couldn’t figure out what this portrait was about, so I wrote the artist, Lukas Ketner, to find out.  Here’s what he wrote:

Hello Jill,

The illustration in question is meant to be a humorous depiction of Portland’s (and perhaps much of Oregon’s) democratic population’s preference of Obama over Clinton.  The picture makes the joke that Portland is in love with Obama, hence the harlequin romance novel treatment.  Originally we were going to do a similar cover with Obama making out with Portlandia (a Lady Liberty-style statue that has oft represented our fair city in local cartoons), but we felt that it wouldn’t read as well outside of Portland.

I’m glad it rendered at least a giggle, and thanks for your interest in my work :)

Thanks,
Lukas

Mystery solved.  And very interesting.

Here’s an example of Harlequin Romance Novel covers. And here’s an image of and Wikipedia entry about Portlandia.

So – now what do folks think?

9 thoughts on “Obama editorial portrait artist Lukas Ketner explains Wilmette Week illustration

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  2. I love it. It’s funny and does poke fun at the hysteria some seem to have over him. The open shirt is hilarious.

  3. The picture makes the joke that Portland is in love with Obama

    From The Washington Post (link):

    Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City

    By Matthew Mosk

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now[, May 18].

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