For over twenty years, I’ve been drawing caricatures of hundreds of thousands of people at parties, conventions, and theme parks. I’ve done non- caricature work for comic books, children’s books, Music CDs, websites, advertisements, etc., but the term “caricaturist” certainly applies to the bulk of my professional work thus far. I love what I do, and I’m very BLESSED to be able to do it. I’ve met so many wonderful people doing this.
But “caricaturist” is a label I’ve never been fully at peace with. Truthfully, I’m a cartoonist. Yes, a lot of my career up till now has been drawing cartoons with a likeness WITH A LIKENESS. But they’re still CARTOONS, the way I do them.
I’ve always been a cartoonist, ever since I first started drawing. Comic books and comic strips have filled my life. My parents were supportive enough to not just tolerate them, but to even encourage them most of my childhood. Some of my earliest memories are at my grandparents’ kitchen table, reading the Sunday funnies. Comics helped me learn to read, and more importantly, LOVE to read. I used to do a self published comic book with my best bud Ted Tucker ( look him up… he’s awesomely talented ), but have never tried a comic strip. Until NOW. For the past two Sundays, I’ve been doing a strip called “Hot Mess Mom”. It’s based on and co- created by a high school friend of my wife- the real, flesh and blood Hot Mess Mom. We’re having a ton of fun doing it, and it’s taking off. We’re getting views of it on her Hot Mess Mom Face Book page that are astronomical for a strip. Much less a new strip.
Starting tomorrow, HMM the Comic will be coming out TWICE a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. I’m making the announcement here on my personal site for the first time. You can read it on the Hot Mess Mom Face Book page, the Hot Mess Mom the Comic FaceBook page, or at HotMessMomComic.com. I hope you like it!
Here’s another illustration I did for “Body Fat Breakthrough”. Unfortunately, all of the illustrations were published in Grayscale, but I have them all in full color, so I can share those with you here! I colored each one in full color, then converted them to Grayscale, and “tweaked” the grays here and there to make the contrasts look as good was possible. Here’s the published version:
Hot off the presses! A few months ago, I completed the cartoon illustrations for the new hit exercise book, “The Body Fat Breakthrough” for Dr. Ellington Darden. It’s Published by Rodale ( publishers of Men’s Fitness and other magazines… the largest fitness publisher in the world ), and is available… EVERYWHERE, from what I hear.
It was an honor to work with Dr. Darden on the book and illustrate his Fat Loss tips, aka “Fat Bombs” ( that term was one of my contributions, btw ). Here’s one of my favorites-
Wow, I guess everyone forgot about Christmas this year. I’ve been very busy with gift caricatures, both private and corporate for a few months now. But last week I got SLAMMED with orders. And they all were willing to pay Rush and Double Rush fees to get them this week. Profitable, but more than a wee bit exhausting. It’s a good problem to have though…. that’s for sure. And I get paid to draw! Life is good. Anyway, here’s one of the ones from this week that I liked. The setting they requested was the Ralph Lauren Restaurant in Chicago:
I haven’t had but a few requests for large Super Hero themed group caricatures over the years. Which brings up the obvious question…. WHY NOT?!? Seriously, this was a ton of fun to do. And since the client requested that no “real” superhero costumes be depicted, because of copyrights and trademarks, I had to come up with costumes that were “homages” to existing characters. Which actually made it more fun! See if you can pick out all of the references!
Sorry so few updates on here lately. It always happens… I post regularly for awhile, and then drop off the face of the blogosphere. It’s a busy time of year, when I am drawing Holiday cards and gifts for clients. Here’s a recent example, with more to come!