Politico has written a pretty good profile of Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.
Turner hired him part time as a caricature artist and, after a few months, started nudging him toward editorial cartoons.
“I said ‘No, I don’t want to do that,'” Toles recalled. “‘I don’t have the skills. I don’t have the interest. I don’t have the knowledge.’ That seems like a pretty good case, right? Three disqualifiers.”
But Turner wanted him to try it anyway, so he did. “I kept trying to get out of it. Hated it. Just hated it. And I was pretty bad, in my opinion. But he just kept at it and at it and at it.”
Article goes on to talk about his breakthroughs artistically and professionally.
Tom won this year’s Herblock Prize and will be honored this Tuesday.