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LAist Interview: Illustrator Doug Davis Inks the City

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Illustration courtesy of the artist.

We saw in this week's Los Angeles Downtown News that Doug Davis, the paper's former art director and current contributor of the "Urban Scrawl" political comic strip, has his first gallery show. It opens tonight in Downtown LA and runs until April 30.

In "Urban Scrawl," Davis captures the essence of the city with his pen and ink -- skewering government officials, projects and Downtown life in general. At the same time, the cartoons are pretty damn funny, too. Davis took the time out of prepping for his show to answer a few questions for LAist.

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Are you a native Angeleno? If not where are you from?
I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but have also lived in Florida, Michigan, and the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Echo Park for the last fourteen years.

How many cartoons do you draw in a week?
I draw an average of four cartoons and illustrations each week. One of them is the “Urban Scrawl” editorial cartoon for the L.A. Downtown News; another is a comic strip called “Cubicle Dreams” for the same publication. I work on that with writer Warren Sherffius. Also with Warren, I draw a monthly cartoon feature called “Off-Book” for Back Stage. I also have a few regular monthly deadlines for consumer magazines, and commercial illustration work for a variety of clients who want some humorous art to help sell a widget or something.