Monday, January 18, 2010

Turtle Cartoon: Shell of a Man

I had the idea for this cartoon after trying to come up with ideas for cartoons in general. I was having a little cartoonist mental block and used a couple of techniques that I use to get out of these blocks. There are several ways in which I try to get myself out of a block. One is just grabbing a piece of scratch paper and drawing whatever comes to mind. It does not always translate to an idea but just the act of drawing helps my mind to get unstuck.

Another way in which I try to get my goofiness flowing is to take an animal or a situation and see how many ways I can manipulate it into something that vaguely resembles a funny idea for a cartoon. This technique is most often the one that helps remove my mental blocks; in fact, it was this last technique that spawned this turtle cartoon.

I just stated thinking about turtles and what they do, how they act and what their strengths and weaknesses might be. Then it occurred to me that in a turtle relationship this type of thing probably happens. Married for a while, couple of kids and the grind of a turtle existence start's to take its toll and soon the turtle couple doesn’t recognize each other for the turtles they fell in love with. Enjoy the turtle cartoon and have a great day.

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Cartoon provided by “Ira Coffin” at

Baby Tasmanian

George Washington Cartoon: Has to be a better way

     I did this George Washington cartoon for a couple of reasons. One is that I thought it would be fun and make for a decent product line for my gallery. Two, I have been goofing around with doing cartoons based on history or historical figures recently which has been a result of some of the reading that I have been doing lately.

     George Washington is one of my favorite figures of the past, which there are many so I thought I would do the first cartoon with him. I was thinking that it must have been tough to write with the ink and quill or at least much tougher than writing today by comparison. I wonder how much writing George Washington and others in history would have been able to achieve if they had things like electricity for lights to replace candle light or computers and software other than a bottle of ink and quills. I guess the answer is naturally, quite a bit more.

     It was all of this thought that was bouncing around up there in my brain that led to the creation of this George Washington cartoon. I have a couple of other ideas for George Washington cartoons but those will have to keep for a later time. As always, enjoy the cartoon and have a great day.

     This cartoon is free to use as content for your website as long as a credit in the form of a link is given.

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Cartoon provided by “Ira Coffin” at

George Washington Mugs

More Evidence Cartoons are Good for You.

Cartooning brings me in contact with people that I never would have met, who have seen a drawing and have thoughts, or who want to use a cartoon to make a point or explain something difficult.

Example: recently I gave permission to someone to use this cartoon

in a presentation about how kids who have been exposed to trauma regress to extremely concrete thinking. Who knew? How great is that?

Then there's this one,

Which someone is going to use in a talk involving how to respond to training budget cuts.

I just love that. It's what makes the job worth it. Using pictures and words to help people out is just so fabulous.

I do that when I draw mind maps and do design also, sometimes it feels like cartooning is just another form of info architecture. With laughing. Love that.

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