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Video: David Horsey explains his creative process

May 3, 2012 | 12:39 pm

David Horsey

Political cartoonist and commentator David Horsey gives readers a peek at his creative process in a new video interview.

"I've always called myself a journalist who happens to draw," he says. "If I wasn’t drawing cartoons, I'd be writing stories."

On The Times' Top of the Ticket blog, he does both.

"I almost literally wake up in the morning starting to think of my next idea. It's almost always driven by what's in the news," he says. "The hard part, really, is getting from knowing what I want to say to figuring out how to say it in an image.

"I'm still not entirely sure how to explain how that happens .... Suddenly, something just works. A metaphor, an image comes into my head, and that's it."

The video goes on to show Horsey making a rough sketch in pencil, then inking it with pen, and finally scanning the cartoon into the computer, where he colorizes it.

Horsey's work can be found at Top of the Ticket.

-- Deirdre Edgar

Photo: David Horsey colorizes a cartoon. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times