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. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

"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

Most Popular

 

 


What do you think?

The Dude Big Lebowski
GIF
Film
Share
These Are The 21 Greatest Character Exits In Movie History
"The Dude abides"​​
Jamie Vardy
Culture
Share
Jamie Vardy Slowed His Injury Recovery Because He Loved Skittle Vodka Too Much
A hero we can relate to​​​
James Corden and Usain Bolt
TV
Share
Watch James Corden Take On Usain Bolt In A 100 Metre Sprint
Also starring Owen Wilson, for some reason​​​
Tiger Woods
Culture
Share
Watch Tiger Woods Try And Gatecrash America's Ryder Cup Team Photo. Twice
​"No vice-captains allowed"
Silence
Film
Share
Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Officially Has a 2016 Release Date
There was a chance it would only hit theatres next year
Katy Perry
Culture
Share
Watch Katy Perry Get Naked To Encourage Americans To Vote
A true patriot
John Lydon
Culture
Share
John Lydon On Trump, Punk And 'Selling Out'
The former Sex Pistol talks Trump, rising early and why modern men are all 'naggy housewives'
Amy Schumer
Culture
Share
Amy Schumer Is The First Woman To Make Forbes Highest Paid Comedian List
Well played, Amy
Sadiq Khan
Culture
Share
Sadiq Khan Just Trolled Jeremy Corbyn By Saying 'Power' 38 Times In One Speech
He seems to be trying to make some sort of a point, here
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Culture
Share
The 10 Best Quotes From The Clinton Vs Trump Presidential Debate
"A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes"​