I’m painting with a really broad stroke here but the EMS Professional Growth Scale I’ve made up seems appropriate. It’s a high stress job, with lots of sitting, eating on the run at all different hours, a messed up sleep cycle and honestly, the opportunity for bad habits. It’s not easy to squeeze in an hour workout while on duty in some EMS systems and it seems with some kind of regularity that meals are interrupted with calls. It’s the life we chose and sure, yeah, we should do a better job of being healthy. But the longer we stay in this business, the older we get and the harder it is to get motivated, especially if you are already behind 30, 40, 50 or more pounds. Good luck to all of you reaching your healthy goals and stay safe.
The Camp Fully Involved 2016 cartoon portrait caricature marathon has come and gone. I took photos of the cadets on Monday and had all 14 drawings finished in time for their graduation Friday afternoon. Each piece is 5.5×8.5 Xerox coverstock, sketched with a carmine red Ticonderoga pencil, inked with a 0.3 Copic Multiliner and colored with Copic markers.
This year seemed like a struggle since last year I did twice as many. I guess maybe the quality and likeness is better though, so going a little slower doesn’t feel wasted. I’ll take a week off front Copic portraits because I’m tired but I’ll be excited for next year before too long. Here’s my handy-work. Click on it for a larger version.
If you have one or several portraits you’d like me to draw, just send me an email. 🙂
Today was a huge day because you can now find my book in the wild. I couldn’t be happier to announce that Jakes & Frequent Flyers: The First Year of Comics is now available for sale at the following super-awesome places:
- NH Fire Academy bookstore in Concord, NH
- Huntress Uniforms in Manchester, NH
- Double Midnight Comics in Concord, NH
- Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH
- East Coast Emergency Outfitters in Manchester, NH