Illustrator Ralph Steadman Draws The Esquire Culture Cover

Ralph Steadman's been doing his thing for over 50 years. His thing being scribbling eccentric, acerbic and instantly recognisable cartoons for magazines and newspapers like Private Eye and The Sunday Times. Noone does it quite like him. In his newspaper cartoons, politicians are "shit talkers and arse-lickers" while a series on Berlin sees prostitutes come equipped with coin-slot vaginas. 

As his new book Ralph Steadman: Proud to be Weirrd (£125, Ammo Books) chronicles, he also famously collaborated with Hunter S Thompson in 1970 in political magazine Scalan's Monthly for a piece on The Kentucky Derby. 

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"How would I like to go to Kentucky to meet an ex-Hell's Angel who's just shaved his head?" he remembers. "At the time it sounded a bit weird. I said that's alright, I'm looking for work."

For this month's November issue of Esquire, Steadman sat down with his trusty pen and an A2 sheet of paper to draw the cover of the culture section. You can see him in action in the video below.

Read the full feature in the November issue, out now

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