We’ve all been there but let’s honest… If gum really IS the worst thing you stepped in, it’s been a good day. You managed to avoid, pee, poo, vomit and blood, you even managed to avoid stepping on the patient, the patient’s cat and perhaps even your partner. These “landmines” are not easy to avoid. They are literally everywhere, disguised as something else, camouflaged by the darkness and often unavoidable. We play Hop Scotch to avoid these things and sometimes, when you let your guard down, when you’re not on a call, SQUISH… A giant lump of gum on the sidewalk on a hot summer day. Your partner laughs as he/she should since you would likely laugh at them, and you spend the rest of the shift trying to scrape the goo from the bottom of your boot with sterile water and a tongue depressor. Ah well, like I said, could be worse. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.