My Motto: Think'em, Draw'em, & Send'em!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kind Words from a Real Cartoon Professional

Check out the kind words about me, in regards to my cartoons, from long time, top notch and extremely talented cartoonist Roy Delgado on his blog at . Roy is one of "THE" top cartoonists in the industry today. His drawings have appeared (and continue to appear) in just about every magazine and trade journal that publishes cartoons. He has been creating humorous cartoons for more than fifty years and he still "keeps on going!" I think he's as close to the Energizer Bunny as one can possibly be. This can only be attributed to his very positive (and absolutely, only positive) attitude that he maintains. No negativity in Mr. Delgado.
Kind words from Roy mean the world to me.
Thanks Roy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Birthday Wish

Recently, a close relative of mine turned 60 years old! In celebration of this momentous occasion, I created a special birthday card just for him.

Here it is.

Just so you will understand it, he loves the Boston Red Sox and a few of his favorite hobbies are traveling and enjoying fly fishing at every location possible. With that said take a look at the first image, (the cover of the card) and then the second image, (the inside punch-line of the card).

Until next time...remember, you can't get there if you don't travel in that direction!!!

Belated Christmas Toon

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas all had a very Merry Christmas and that everyone had a Happy New Year!
I believe the above cartoon reflects the feelings of every parent (at some point in time) as to what THEY would like for Christmas! If it was as easy as sitting on Santa's lap and asking him, I'm sure the malls would still be filled with parents waiting in line for their chance to ask their questions. Hope you enjoy it.
Until next time...make a wish, it just might come true!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Good Grief!

Here is a toon I made with my son when we were working on RESET. I realize it prints small within the confinements of this blog, so if you click on this link, it will bring you to the Game Lemon web site where you can read it in a more viewable size. Feel free to browse the more than 130 RESET comic strips on the Game Lemon site.

This next one was published, in color, in one of last years Woman's World Halloween issues. They are a weekly publication and so have multiple issues around all the holidays.

Until next time, ...have a Spooky Toon Filled Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Here are a couple more Halloween cartoons for your viewing pleasure.
As you can see, they are Jack-O-Lantern themed.

Hope you get a chuckle.
See you soon!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shop Early!

As promised, here's another Halloween cartoon. This guy seems to have waited just a little bit to long before he went out to buy his Halloween pumpkin for carving. Probably thought he could get a really good deal if he waited until the last minute. His girl does "not" look happy with this. Lesson to be learned? Shop early! Don't let this happen to you!

Stay TOONED for more Halloween toons.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Halloween Cartoon

As we get closer to October 31st, I though it would be most appropriate to have some Halloween cartoons. Here is the first. This cartoon was published in Woman's World last year. I actually had three toons picked up by Woman's World that year with a Halloween theme. It was a good month for me. Can't say I was as lucky this year. But, there's always next year.
As always, the folks at WW do a very nice job in coloring the cartoons. You might have even noticed, if you happen to regularly browse the cartoons in Woman's World, that all the toons on the same page, most always, have the same color theme. Makes the page very pleasing to the eye.
As for more of my Halloween cartoons, I hope to put up a few more as the month goes by.
Well, until next time...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Gag Cartoon; From Start to Finish

I thought you might enjoy seeing the steps I use to take a funny thought and bring it completely around 360 degrees to a completed gag cartoon ready for sale. From the design and pencil sketch to the inked and computerized completion. And so, without delay, here they are:

First I have to come up with a funny idea. In most cases, that's the hardest part. Once I have the (funny) idea, I work on how the gag line should read. I toss around in my mind various ways the line could read and decide on the one that seems to work best. Although, many times that still ends up changing by the time the cartoon is finished. Then I begin the sketching of the gag.

When I have completed the sketch to my liking, I bring it over to my light board to trace it in ink. I don't have a standard store bought light board. I built my light board myself with instructions from a very old "how to" book called "Animation by Preston Blair". I have seen newer versions of this book still floating around in print. Mr. Blair animated in a number of Disney movies such as Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia as well as the MGM cartoon "Red Hot Riding Hood". (Sorry, not to get side tracked.) I then tape the pencil drawing to the light board and place a clean sheet of 24lb., 96 brightness paper over the sketch and tape that in place too.

I do most of my inking with either a Micron Pigma pen or a Staedtler pigment liner of various sizes ranging from 0.3 to 0.7. In the past I had done the majority of my cartoons with a 0.5 tip, however, lately I have started working more with a 0.7 tip. It seems to give a better line after being shrunk down for print as with all magazines . The odd looking glove you see me wearing is to allow my hand to slide on the paper and glass without sticking to them.

Once I have finished inking the cartoon I then scan it in to my computer. I use a basic Visioneer OneTouch 7100 USB scanner. It was extremely cheap but does a really nice job. I scan my inked cartoons in at a resolution of 600 dpi and they are saved as bit maps.

Once scanned in, I open the cartoon with Photo Shop 7. ( I know that's an old version of Photo Shop, but for my use, I really don't need anything more sophisticated.) I then change it to grey scale and adjust the threshold to about 128. This changes the lines to a nice solid black. I then use the Unsharpen Mask function (twice) to smooth out some of the jitter in my lines.

Then I simply work on it a bit and clean up any lines I feel could be better. I use a drawing tablet monitor called a VisBoard. It is similar to a Wacom Cintique monitor but without all the bells and whistles that the Cintique has. However, it was about one fifth the cost of a Cintique. It does a pretty good job for the price.
As you can see I blow it up very large so I can see and correct all the imperfections before you can see them in the final cartoon. This usually consists of erasing some small mistakes and\or adding some extensions to a few of the lines. I may fill in some area that I want solid black like the inside of an open mouth or the shoes on the lady here. Actually, while doing this I forgot to fill those areas in with black and had to do them with one of my pens later. However, I really don't do to much here. Once the picture is as I like, I then add the text by using a layer of text. My final step is to save it as a JPG.
I then print out a couple of copies in preparation of mailing one off to a prospective editor\publisher for their review.
And, there you have it! A gag cartoon from start to finish!
I hope you enjoyed my little walk though.
Until next time!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Couple of Sick Cartoons!

As Fall rolls around, so does Flu season. Last year at this time the medical and news media industries were spreading the word that the swine flu could be a pandemic problem. There was a panic as to who could and who could not get swine flu shots first. Not to mention the fact that there were no flu shots available when there should have been. Many folks were frightened to death that if they did not get the H1N1 (swine) flu shot first, or at the very least soon, they would perish from the pandemic flu. That is where this cartoon idea came from. However, as it turned out, it wasn't as bad as they all predicted. Unfortunately, some people did loose their lives from this serious flu and that definitely effected all of us, not to mention their family and friends. We are all saddened by this fact. So, the cartoons above and below are to not make light of the seriousness of the flu, but are simply to add a little humor to the every day stress of these situations.

This one is obviously based on the constant advisement by the medical industry to use some form of alcohol based "sani-hands" to fight off germs. This mother seems to have solved the problem for her child.
Let's hope that this coming flu season does not bring the possibility of another pandemic as with last year and that we get through it with little, or better yet, no loss of life.
Until next time, continually wash your hands with "sani-hands. And, when you're done, do it again!!!