Make it stop!

This is my first primitive animation on the program ‘Animate’. That is a weird ball. I learned a lot from this stupid little experiment. I could actually improve on this, but I won’t, because I am working on a specific project and this lesson taught me all I needed to get started, so, I’m getting started!

The Angel Angle

Hangin’ Around

I will begin at the beginning, or so I think. That is, what I believe to be the beginning. Even though, if you really, really contemplate infinity…a beginning is rather nonsensical. An ending, for that matter, never happens. Happenings happen, but there is no actual beginning or ending. What was I talking about?

As I was meditating, I was struggling with a noisy and anxious mind. I was receiving image after nauseating image of all of the bad that is happening in our world. I started thinking, “Good Lord! Meditation is supposed to lead to relaxation, not to more and more tension and strife!”

After those thoughts transpired, I was able to successfully hush my brain and let my soul do the “thinking”. Eventually, I reached the Now. No past…no future. Now, man, now! Nothing but peace, harmony, rainbows and all of that other beautiful crap. And then I saw an angel floating by in my field of vision. It was floating on a cloud, and it had the most goofy and happy look on its face. Like the innocent expression of children or puppies. That face embodied all of the joy, wonder, and humor in this entire world, galaxy, and perhaps even the universe! I could not help but to laugh out loud! I made a mental note to myself to draw what I had just seen. “Hangin’ Around” is what I call the drawing above. I call it that because as I was drawing it, a song by the Edgar Winter Group called “Hangin’ Around” was playing. I believe it was the first time I had ever heard that song, but I thought it was the perfect name for my piece of art. Thank you, Edgar Winter and Group.

I call this a sketchless drawing. I did not sketch it in pencil first, and then ink it as I would normally do. I picked up a pen and went to town. This method allows me to grab the essence of the idea, unfettered and unfiltered.

I reached the “Now” and brought this back. I brought it back so that I could share a small piece of the peace I found in inner space. A small, imperfect representation of what I saw and felt in the hopes that I could transfer some joy and laughter and hope to others. I hope that I was successful. It makes me happy to make others happy in any way I can. Happiness is more contagious than the corona virus! Catch it! (Happiness, not the corona virus, silly.)

PS……….Let’s play a little game. Now, keep in mind, this game is only for the advanced Oddbox Comics reader. I strongly advise all novices to stay away. I don’t want you to get hurt.

Question: [Who does that angel in the above drawing look like?]

Answer: ?

Clue: Click

The gig is up.

Hey! I just got my first freelance job on Fiverr! Somehow, somebody found me in a virtual sea of cartoonists. Here is how it went down…

…I get an e-mail that says something like, “You have just gotten an order on Fiverr!” Now, I have to admit that I was a little bit excited. But, only a little bit, because my first two messages on Fiverr were people asking for all of my personal information so that they could get an Upwork account. They would give me $100 a week or some such rot. Well, I didn’t fall for it. Back to my story…with a little trepidation, I go to my Fiverr account and lo and behold, there is an order! This is great! So I read what the  client wants me to draw and what he wants is quite a bit more than my $5.00 offering. “That’s a lot of work for a fiverr”, I think. However, it would be nice to get my first job on Fiverr, so I offer my services for two fiverrs, and he says, “Ya know what, I’ll give you three fiverrs.” Do you know what I say? I say, “It’s a deal!”

Now here’s the kicker. I had a blast drawing this. Plus, I was being paid $15.00. I was making money by having fun. I like it. However, this is not the end of the story. I sent the art to the client anxiously hoping that my humble scribblings would be worthy of his appreciation. Not only did he like it, he gave me four more fiverrs as a tip! If this is how it is in Fiverr Land, then, I think I might like it here!

New Gig

Announcing my new art studio!

I got a gig on Fiverr. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Fiverr is a site where you can go to find freelancers of all kinds. Freelance writers, bloggers, videographers, photographers, artists, etc. On the other hand, you could also think of it as a site where you can offer all kinds of freelance work, like writing, blogging, videography, photography, and art, etc.

I think of it as an art studio because that is where my freelance cartooning business will be conducted. In a way, Fiverr is basically acting as my agent. They promote me and handle all of the businessy stuff that I would rather not have to mess with. And there are no upfront charges! I don’t owe them one red cent until I sell. That is when they get their pound of flesh. They get 20% of everything I make. Even though I think Fiverr is making a killing (they have thousands upon thousands of freelancers), I think that is a fair price for what they do. My only investment, so far, has been time.

Here is the downside…remember when I mentioned how many freelancers are using Fiverr? I said, “thousands and thousands”, and that is not an exaggeration. 13,404 to be exact. 13,404 other cartoonists in the Cartoons and Comics section. Talk about competition! Perhaps my style will just naturally stand out in a crowd. Either that, or I could come up with a gimmick to grab attention!

Wait! I got an idea! I am not even asking you to order anything (unless, of course, you wanted to, that would be okay, because maybe you need a new Facebook avatar or something), all I ask is that you visit my studio. How many clicks a certain gig gets is a determining factor in its position in the hierarchy. I am asking for your help and I thank you in advance. Please click on the image below to visit my Fiverr Gig!

P.S……My friend Joy has informed me that when she clicks on the image, it asks her to “get  account”, and well, frankly, I think that kinda sucks. I was hoping that it would take you directly to my profile. When I click it, that is what happens (maybe because I do have an account). At any rate, I think the click actually counts so keep on clicking, please! And, you know what? Maybe you should get an account. What does it cost you? A couple of minutes? You can get just about anybody to do just about anything you need! Check it out!

Essential Services SuperHeroes!


   I made this design, and these products, to honor all of the essential services workers throughout the world. They are truly Super Heroes! This is not just for Doctors. This is for the Nurse, the Police Officer, the Firefighter, the Sanitation Worker, the Postal Worker, the Fast Food Clerk, the Grocery Worker, the Toilet Paper Maker (apparently), the Delivery Person, the Trucker, and the Sandwich Artist. ALL ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS… May God bless you all!

   Show your appreciation by giving this badge of honor to your special essential service superhero, or buy something for yourself to show your Gratitude and support. 

   But wait! There’s more! Not only do you make somebody’s day, you will be proactively contributing to the demise of the coronavirus! Fifty percent of my profits is earmarked for coronavirus research at the World Health Organization. I also pledge to ask CafePress to contribute fifty percent of their profit made from this design. 

   At the moment, only shirts are available. That will change quickly for soon I will offer mugs, mousepads, cards, water bottles, grocery bags, and badges!

   Click on the “Essential Services Superheroes” image above to show your support and gratitude. Thanks!!!

P.S. The End

The progression of color of the Flint River Collection design.

  1. I made a copy of the b+w version and then painted it with watercolor.
  2. Then, I cleaned it up a bit. Observe the rat’s tail and his tiny little rat-hands.
  3. Finally, after some further Photoshop color manipulation, the finished piece.

P.S……….I have closed my Patreon. I would like to thank everybody for your contributions. You are awesome! Double thanks to my best buddy, Dave Pray!

Flint River Collection

This is the finished Flint River Collection B+W design. We can’t use Flint River Outfitters because that is a real store in Georgia. Apparently, they too, have a Flint River.

I made, and used, my own type style within this design. I call it “Bob sans serif”.

Very soon, this design will be made available on T-shirts, mugs, calendars, and whatever else CafePress offers. Order now to avoid the rush!