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Utne Reader Illustrated: Pablo Lobato

 by Stephanie Glaros

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 Larry Gaga final 

In this continuing series, Utne Reader Art Director Stephanie Glaros explains the process behind an Utne Reader illustration.

“Larry King Is the Future” is a hilarious article in which, as the author states, “an old man yammers about how old he is,” and claims that “Larry King and Lady Gaga are the same.” I knew there was fun visual potential to play with the iconic King and Gaga, and I knew just who to call: Pablo Lobato (a.k.a. Pablo). No one does caricature like Pablo. His illustrations are fun, funky and modern, and there’s no mistaking who his subjects are, despite the fact that he uses mostly geometric shapes to assemble their features. I sent Pablo the story, and asked him to create “an illo that shows Larry as Gaga and Gaga as Larry.” Any of his sketches (below) would have worked well as is, but instead we asked him to combine our favorite Gaga with our favorite King for the final illustration. The final result (above) captures both celebrities with astonishing accuracy. And I love how he uses repeated shapes and elements to unify the image. Thanks, Pablo!

 Pablo sketches 

Since its inception in 1984, Utne Reader has relied on talented artists to create original images for stories that express powerful emotions, brilliant new ideas, and humorous storytelling. Browsing through back issues of Utne Reader is like a tour of “Who’s Who” in the illustration world. Artists like Gary Baseman, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, Bill Plympton, and Seymour Chwast have graced our pages over the years, to name just a few.