Sunday, March 9, 2014

 

                            NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

 My new website DansCartoons has a completely new redesign and look. After years of losing traffic due to Panda / Penguin ( and many other) updates along with the HTML5 hierarchy that was impeding my traffic, I was forced to re-evalute my entire approach. I set aside about one year to study, learn and understand an entirely new web editor (WordPress) which was ideal in that it offers the user a "content management system" that is fantastic. And what better content is there to manage for me, than cartoons?! Taking the plunge was a slow and arduous path as I needed to re-educate myself with this new editor that has a completely different look and feel in the way the user experience is concerned, not to mention all of the different components and plugins this platform has to offer. I made mistakes along the way that cost me additional time but look at those as part of the overall learning curve and learning experience of web building and editing. A major stumble was the fact that I had built an entire archive of over 4000 cartoons into a series of separate catalogs that were set up using a specific plugin that WordPress uses. When trying to "convert" the entire collection into a custom built "theme" I had designated, I couldn't make use of that theme since the photo gallery component I had chosen was an outdated plugin (at least for incorporating into my chosen customized theme). So it was back to square one, including my having to go backwards even further and actually rename all of the 4000 (and more) image files to be conducive to a newly chosen photo gallery component. I won't try to bore you but try and explain why a majority of time had to be invested and this was just one small element of the overall effort I put into everything. Of course there's learning how you need to host a WordPress-built site on a Linux server as opposed to my old site that was hosted on a Windows server was yet another part of understanding the conversion, not to mention how I would preserve my current emails and addresses and move them over onto the new web host's server etc. Simply put, I draw....I wasn't meant to be "techno oriented" but with this new digital age, we're almost forced into things we haven't much knowledge and experience or control over with but looking back, I am glad I did. You may ask why I didn't just hand it all over for someone else to build for me but then I'd have lost all control and the look and feel and the way the site operates is an aspect I wouldn't be satisfied with. Overall, if you have something you're wanting to sell on line, whether it's cartoons, photographs, illustrations, paintings, products or crafts, services etc. I would always say that it is best to build your own web presence. It isn't easy but once you take the plunge, you'll see in a strange way how interesting it can become and may take you on a path you were not expecting. The age old phrase "Patience Is A Virtue" certainly applies with business online and I have to say once you take the plunge, you'll be happy when it's all said and done! If you are a consultant looking for a specific cartoon, go to my cartoon catalog page. If you happen to be an author or writer, seeking customized illustrations for your book project, I can help in this area also. I also offer web designers and webmasters a daily auto-updating web cartoon which can add impact to your format in the humor department - it will also keep your visitors returning to see the next day's cartoon so there is that extra added intrinsic value to adding the feature to your chosen page or pages. For example if you seek medical cartoons for your hospital newsletter, these images can be supplied in high resolution TIFF format and actually sized to your column width as I work in Photoshop. Perhaps you have a business publication that could use business cartoons which I can also supply from that selection. The cartooning services I offer are extensive so feel free to contact me at the email address on my main page. I can offer quotes to have cartoons created or offer quotes based on how you want to use any existing cartoons you find on my site. I cannot list specific prices, simply due to the fact that how using a cartoon is concerned is so varied from business to business. My cartoon prices page may help to shed some light on how I formulate fees for using cartoons or to have something created from scratch.....it varies greatly! I'm also adding my daily web cartoon here on this page so anyone who finds this article will get an idea of how my cartoon appears and can look on your website. Thanks for investing some of your valuable time to read my story!






Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

New Cartoon Ebook Featuring Color Cartoons and Black & White gag panels

My newest cartoon ebook recently launched and is available. Funny Cartoons For The Entire Family can be found at various online book retailers such as Apple's iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baker & Taylor and others. A majority of the book presents 2 cartoons on a page...one color and one black & white. A few pages have a single full page color cartoon and there are a total of 194 cartoons. Many of the panels offer humor that depicts talking animals, fish and insects, including bigfoot cartoons. The content is family-friendly and will appeal to a G rated audience.
 The book was published through BookBaby, an Oregon based publisher. If you have an iPad, Kindle, Nook or other e-reader tablet device, the book is available for downloading.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 

NEW HEALTH HUMOR BOOK AVAILABLE

Introducing my newest business partnership with Irwin Krigman whom I've illustrated a new book for, entitled Mental Health: You're Only Crazy If It Aint Workin' For Ya. The book encapsulates a humorous perspective on health and healthcare over the ages. This new health book can be purchased directly online
and shipped right to you. Many of my cartoons enhance various chapters throughout the book (about 50 total) and my cartoons were customized from rough sketch to all of the final art you'll see that accompanies those specific chapters.

If you have a good sense of humor and want an in-depth, funny perspective on how American's viewpoints on health, medicine and the system in general has evolved, this is a great book for anyone!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

 

Check out this profile I found on the Sharpie Gallery.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

 

TERRORIST IN HELL T-SHIRT from Zazzle.com

TERRORIST IN HELL T-SHIRT from Zazzle.com

Thursday, April 7, 2011

 

Current Book Illustration Project

I was contacted by a pediatrician to illustrate a book cover for a project he's working on. After working out the formalities, he liked my samples I sent for the cover and a final peice was then selected for the cover design which I'm posting here. This book will be distributed in packages of baby formula, sold at outlets to be announced later and on certain websites plus through the pediatrician's website once he gets all of those details worked out with the publishers and distributors. I thought it may be of interest to other artists on how the final cover art was chosen. I was given a basic description of the book, along with the title and what will be throughout the book and I made some initial suggestions on my own and illustrated concepts based on what the pediatrician supplied me with. It went expeditiously well as I supplied him with a few quick images I enhanced with a bit of color to help make his decision easier, not to mention he's easy to work with. Were now working on illustrations for the inside of the book. There's going to be 20 total which I'll try and post samples here, as the project evolves, and I really liked his suggestion of us doing them in increments of 5 at a time. This spacing will allow a sort of breathing room and I think it will help the flow of concepts and shorten the time in getting from rough sketch to final accepted art for each image. I've always felt bogged down by creating dozens of images in a compressed period of time for a single project, and this "incremental approach" might be something other artists, illustrators and cartoonists may want to keep in mind when negotiating with your own project editors. The pediatrician writing this book emphasized "frantic parents" when creating the characters which was more than enough to go on . . . .


Finally after looking over the above rough sketches, we agreed on the final art and layout below. I asked the writer (Cliff) if using my own cartoonish block lettering would be better, or a chosen font I showed him in a mock up I made using Photoshop. He liked my samples of block lettering I showed and we went with that.
If I can, I'll post any samples for the inside of the book as we move through the project. Update: Was just informed the baby formula company that will distribute the book is Infamil, so I think the publication will get wide distribution. Whether the book is intended for corporate promotional packaging or will be in packaging to the public sector, I'm not sure. If you are an art director, creative director or graphic designer who seeks customized cartoons and humorous comic illustrations, I can assist if you'll contact me at my email address on this cartoon book illustration samples page. Cartoon below is part of a series of new cartoons just created for a book on divorce which is still in preliminary stages and being put together by a writer out in southern California.Will try and update here with complete title of the book as we move forward with this particular book.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

 

Cartoonist Robert Crumb Artwork Auctioned For Just Under $17K

Cartoonist Robert Crumb, who is the undisputed godfather of underground comics, recently saw some of his original art recently auctioned off for just under seventeen thousand dollars. I think this is unbelievable for many reasons. First, the dude is still alive and well and living in the south of France. the second reason is he doesn't honestly think his work is worth that much....in essence, he never grasped the commercial aspect of his cartooning style. He never embraced the commercialism of cartooning that most cartoonists aspire to and I think he should be lauded for this. Some call this peculiar, weird or any other type of strangeness associated to his talent. I really don't think so, I think he does what he wants and does it the way he wants to. Really, isn't that what anyone really wants out of life? Read about it here: Cartoon art by Crumb Sells At Auction

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