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.
It’s that time of year again and I’m gonna offer up my art style for your Holiday Art Commission needs. I’ve attached a few samples but essentially here’s what I’m offering this year… I’ll draw you, your family, your EMS partner, your Engine Company in my cartoon caricature style. I’ll draw these digitally with faces in each person’s likeness. Then I’ll give them a super fun pose to stand in, color them up and get prints for each of you out the door and into your hands before the “big day”.
For $25 per person in the picture, I’ll draw and print the images. Add $7 for shipping to one address and we are good to go! If the shipping costs more, I’ll eat it cause I literally have no idea how much it will cost. The finished sizes will be 8×10 or 11×14 or 11×17 printed in full color on a bright white cover stock, you pick. I have a limited number of slots open for commissions so lock in soon. Email me at email@example.com
Here’s a sample of a single caricature done digitally like I intend to make all of these and a triple that I did manually with real pens and markers…
Been a while since anything has happened here and I wanted to update you on my comic progress. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you sorta know the deal. A few months ago I decided to reinvent Frequent Flyers and Jakes. After 18+ months of doing a weekly comic strip I’ve concluded that a 3-4 panel strip is not my thing. I’m not much of a writer and I don’t feel like I tell very good jokes. I’ve decided to evolve the strip to a single panel “The Far Side” style comic which is more in tune with how I picture these scenarios. Additionally I wanted to evolve the art as well and utilize a characters full body instead of the waist up like I’ve been doing.
To help me stay on track I’ve accepted the 100 Days of Making Comics Challenge which basically means I’m devoting at least 30 minutes a day to the comic. In doing so I’m making regular videos posted on my YouTube channel updating my progress and help to hold me accountable. I posted a video earlier today which I embedded below. If you’re interested and check out the rest of the 100 Days of Making Comics videos on my YouTube channel.
Here’s the good part. I’m nearly ready to start posting comics again. EMS1.com hasn’t given up on me which I’m super grateful for and Greg Friese, the website’s editor, has been a big help since day one. So hang on just a little longer, I promise it’ll be worth it. Thanks and stay safe.