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#Inktober #20 – I’ve been Drawing Mice!

by on Oct.20, 2017, under Cartooning

Here’s the inked version for my Swampy’s Florida celebration cartoon for Friday. The colored version will appear on the Swampy page at 8:30am.
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#Inktober #17 – I’ve been Drawing Cooking Ladybugs!

by on Oct.17, 2017, under Cartooning

Stefanie Hamblen requested
‘a ladybug in a kitchen cooking’
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#Inktober #11 – Alligator Plays Tango!

by on Oct.12, 2017, under Cartooning

Ellen Hunter Simms request:
“How about a ‘possum and a raccoon dancing the Tango played by an alligator on an accordion?”

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#Inktober #10 – I’ve been drawing Ibis & Mermaids! – October 11th, 2017

by on Oct.11, 2017, under Cartooning

#Inktober #10

Inked per requests of David Blair:
“An ibis by a lake grabbing its breakfast from the grass…”
and Stephen Orth:
“Mermaid sitting on a rock singing”

Combined the two. The singing didn’t fit well.

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Inktober #9 – I’m Drawing Osprey in Downtown Orlando 1867!

by on Oct.09, 2017, under Cartooning

#Inktober #8 –

Mike Clark requested:
“​Osprey pulling a bass out of Lake Ivanhoe with a downtown Orlando backdrop”
Above Officer Coopersmith apprehends the vile bank robber, Dooley Monahan, out of Lake Ivanhoe a mile north of Downtown Orlando.
It’s little known that, Orlando’s greatest police chief, Robert Chewning in 1967 secretly assembled a wildlife arm of the police force. More and more critters across Florida were breaking laws of all sizes. Something had to be done. Upon becoming Chief, Chewning recruited his secret critter task force to rid the streets of the animal crime wave. During his tenure crimes by wildlife dropped 97%!
This was such a secret group that, I don’t believe, even Grace Ann Wendorff Chewning knew about it! And she knows everything! 🙂
The 1967 view is from the more southernly shore of Lake Ivanhoe just before the, then, new Interstate 4, looking easterly with the OUC building in the background. The Armory is in the background on the right hand side.



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I’ve been drawing Santa Claus… – August 27th, 2017

by on Aug.27, 2017, under Cartooning, Illusration

Today started with me feeling like I got out of the wrong side of the planet. I so very much planned and wanted to go see my friend, musician, cartoonist Roy Schneider perform today in Winter Park, Florida. It was even per chance organized by fellow former Orlando City Hall colleague SusieCool Foster-Trewick, who is also a musician.

But the realities of getting projects done and the deadlines involved did me in. That and the mortgage payment due in days. I had a LOT to draw and little time to do it in. So, instead of south to Winter Park, I headed north to Gainesville to a place that has consistently been a location I get tons done and done pretty well: Lollicup.

Why do I even bother to try and draw anywhere else? What the heck is it about this place? I have no idea. But I got it all done with time to spare.

I also went in clouded in a surly mood. About an hour later a dose of Lollicup frozen coffee drink and a combo of Frank, Dean, Sammy and I was brightened again.

I’ll return in a day or so to ink and then there’s all to color in the studio.

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I’ve been drawing kitties! – August 26th, 2017

by on Aug.26, 2017, under Cartooning, Illusration

I’m working on another puppy book. this one for Christmas. Lots of puppy drawings to come!


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I’ve been drawing kitties! – August 6th, 2017

by on Aug.06, 2017, under Cartooning

Started Sunday at a family church cook-out. St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview, Florida, invited our Champions for Champions group to join them. We’d just had a Summer Camp there a couple of weeks ago, where I taught an art class. Always great to have a home made burger, deviled egg and baked beans. Warms my heart to see local folks get together as I have in MacClenny on Saturday and at the church on Sunday. We need more of that!

Went from there and camped out at a Dunkin Donuts working on 3 projects for a few hours. Including this watercolored kitty.


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I’ve been drawing manatees!

by on Aug.02, 2017, under Cartooning

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I’ve Finished a Puppy Book! – July 28th, 2017

by on Jul.28, 2017, under Cartooning, Illusration

Been at it straight since Tuesday and finished it! Only a few hours sleep here and there. Now to get some rest and prepare for an event near Jacksonville Sunday!


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