Bird Smirk is the new name of my CafePress shop. This is where you can purchase a myriad of products emblazoned with my original art creations. Revamped and ready for your perusal! Seriously though, a lot has changed. For instance, the basic look has changed from a rather boring layout to a more attractive online presence. Also, you will find that I have expanded into a more diverse collection of design choices (not just black and white, and not just Oddbox). Explore the site by clicking on the Bird Smirk logo above.
In a recent article, I mentioned that I was doing some soul-searching, and instead of telling you what I intended to tell you, I veered off into theoretical metaphysics. Here’s the thing…Oddbox Comics is going bi-weekly. Even though making this blog is one of my most favorite things in the world, I need to tend to my financial survival.
Because of the demise of the quick-printing industry, I find myself getting poorer and poorer. I need to look into other avenues of revenue, which means… less time for this blog.
Therefore, I am hereby officially offering my art. Let me help you with a personalized birthday card or notepad. Perhaps a caricature of someone special. How about a personalized Facebook icon? Logo? Event? Whatever! I need money! Call me at 810-247-9520! Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
You may be asking yourself right now, “Why do I need Bob to make a drawing for me when I can just find what I need on the internet?” Seriously? Do you actually believe that you are going to find a drawing of your sister running a marathon on the planet Mars while carrying a wedding cake? Come on. Get real! Give me a call!
You also need art for…
…T-shirts…posters…mugs…magnets…advertisements…calendars…flyers…portraits…bumper stickers…banners…tattoos…business cards…murals…blogs…websites…invitations…wedding announcements…books…CD covers…envelopes…shot glasses…brochures…menus…whatever…etc.
Please help me make the transition from Printer to Artist. I appreciate whatever you can do to help. Whether you want me to draw something for you, or you just share this article with your friends…it is greatly appreciated!
Pencil, black ink marker, and watercolor.
I finally resolved to get messy with watercolor. This is pencil, black marker, and watercolor on paper. It is a picture of perhaps a cat/fox hybrid. I always initially hesitate to paint in watercolor because of my basic laziness, but once I actually go to the trouble of doing it, I am never disappointed!
Some animation to show that the Variety Frog Pad has six different designs. I plan to put this in my Frog Pad page. Please visit now. Under “Pages” to the right, click “Frog Pad”. Buy a Frog Pad or two. This is the first time I have used the “tween” feature. I like it! However, I couldn’t figure out how to use that effect in between the Pac-Man Frog and the Poison-dart Frog. Compared to the other smooth transitions, it seems to clunk from one to the other.
I give you doggy sketches but that is all. My Patrons get much more info. They get an Interesting Comment that tells them what the heck is going on here. For one dollar per month, you can make that happen. I am told that my Interesting Comments are quite witty and urbane.
I am presently indulging in a little bit of soul-searching. Does soul-searching mean that I am searching within my soul, or that I am searching for my soul? I believe that I am searching within. Reevaluating, you might say. Taking a hard, serious, sober look at my life. Did you know that there is a theory in physics that may suggest the existence of the soul as a scientifically verifiable fact? Super Symmetry suggests that for every solid mass, there is an invisible force that acts as a complement to the solid mass (Yin and Yang, perhaps?). Think about this…I am a solid mass, so therefore, there is an invisible force that is just like me, in some ways, and follows me around every day of my life. Some might say, my soul.
I think of art as a form of worship. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Does it not make you feel good when somebody likes what you did so much that they just had to copy it? God probably felt pretty good when Michealangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. Or when Van Gogh painted Starry Night.
Speaking of Van Gogh, I just bought a Vincent Van Gogh calendar. His paintings disturb me. But, in a good way. I have feelings when I view his paintings. I don’t know what the feelings are exactly, but they are feelings nonetheless. For instance, when I look at “Crown Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase”, I feel dizzy. Or, for example, when I gaze upon “Morning: Going Out to Work (after Millet)”, I feel flabbergasted. And on occasion, while gazing at “Wheat Field with Cypresses”, I sometimes feel a little gassy. Not a particularly deep emotion, but a feeling, anyway.
I believe that he worshipped God through every painting that he did. Those of us who believe in God all have our own personal way to worship. Mine is through my art. I am imitating God by creating my own little world. Therefore, by imitating, I am flattering. Subsequently, by flattering, I am worshipping. Do I fear heavenly charges of copyright infringement? Naw. God doesn’t care about that. He wants me to copy Him. And besides, He doesn’t need any more money. After all, God is more than likely…richer than God!