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!

Stoopid! #1

Stoopid! Magazine #1 has just dropped, man! Lots of funny goodness inside. I think it is a good combination of cartoonists. Kind of like (dare I say it) the variety of cartoonists from Mad Magazine. My favorite one for this issue is the one on the back cover by Paco Puente. Get your copy of Stoopid! here…https://www.stoopidcomicsmagazine.com/

Recycled

                                         from this

                                            to this

                      Basically the same idea. Another thing is, if you pay attention to the general proportions of the two strips, you can see the difference between them. I believe that this may be the reason that I abandoned The Anonymous. The size wasn’t compliant with most syndicates.

 

Pencil and Pen

After the skeleton stage, I sketch using drawing pencils. Most of my artwork is 50% sketching and 50% erasing. When I am satisfied with the sketch, I trace it using a drawing pen. What you see above is the pen portion of this equation. At this point I am basically committing myself to my drawing and layout decisions. The only thing that changes after this is purely cosmetic. The outline, shading, shadowing, and color.

Digression Session

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! E-mail me at oddboxcomics@att.net!

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!

Sincerely,

Bob