Cartoonists work heads to Clinton Presidential Library

first_imgOn a weekend of presidential transition, Jennifer Shinn Cahill was sorting through a box of family keepsakes when a presidential face popped up.Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. Not George W. Bush.It was Bill Clinton, whose face got some screen time during coverage of the Jan. 20 inaugural activities. But the version in Cahill’s hands was created more than 20 years ago by her father, former Columbian artist Jim Shinn.Now that old newspaper illustration of the 42nd president has its own transition in store. It is headed for the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.“I’m kind of surprised,” said Shinn, who retired in 1995 after 30 years as The Columbian’s staff artist.Shinn, 85, had a couple of roles with the paper, including drawing some editorial cartoons. He also was the newsroom illustrator, which led to Shinn creating the artwork to accompany a story about former President Clinton.“I vaguely remember doing it,” Shinn said Wednesday. “It was for an L.A. Times piece on the health care plan they had going.”This was before digital imagery became the way to illustrate a story that didn’t have any accompanying photos.Near the end of his career, “computer graphics were in their infancy,” Shinn said. “They were OK, but I didn’t get any real joy. They were so mechanical: Give me a brush and ink and paper.”last_img

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