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December 5, 2009 – Christmas Card 2009!

by on Dec.05, 2009, under Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Here’s a snippet from the annual Christmas card now late in production.

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November 25, 2009 – Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour!

by on Nov.25, 2009, under Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Just found this Tuesday amongst stuf f – I shouldn’t probably say I’m proud of this ribbon, but I am. It was some nearly 30 years ago I got this at a Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour at the University Square Mall in Tampa, Florida. The franchise moved out of Floria in the mid-’80s.  The ribbon was given out for eating an enormous amount of ice cream. That was back when I could do it and not gain a single pound.

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November 24, 2009 – Artwork!

by on Nov.24, 2009, under Editorials, Florida Restaurants, Palette of Artists, What's New?

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Artwork from a couple years ago.

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October 11, 2009 – Happy Birthday, Jacob!

by on Oct.11, 2009, under Books, Cartooning, Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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2009-1011-steakandshakeToday is Jacob’s 15th birthday. Amazing but true, for those who know what this is about. I had lunch with my father at Steak and Shake. The sketch (First I’d done in the sketchbook for almost 2 months) is of gumball machines at the restaurant. Later I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time and talk Orlando history with my 101 year old friend, Lucile Fair. Later Met with Tex Ann and Bob Buck to work on Orlando Remembered display. Still later met up with ol’ Ken Culotta and worked on gags at a Denny’s. Below is a photo from that meeting.

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July 26, 2009 – Caricature and Ken!

by on Jul.28, 2009, under Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Here’s a sorta fuzzy fellow with his equally fuzzy caricatue.

Later met with Ken Culotta and Marsh Moreno.

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July 19, 2009 – Drawing and gagging!

by on Jul.23, 2009, under Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Another caricature! I hadn’t done a triple in many, many years!

Later I met with ol’ Ken Culotta workin’ on some political gags. Below is part of the work space. The pad has a sketch Ken made for Tuesday editorial cartoon that I was sorry to set aside at the last minute.

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July 17, 2009 – Newest Book I’ve Illustrated!

by on Jul.23, 2009, under Books, Cartooning, Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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I met with author John Scolaro, who passed on to me his new book that I illustrated. Above John stands holding the books in front of a major character in the book, The Waffle House.

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July 10, 2009 – First Amendment Foundation Award!

by on Jul.13, 2009, under Books, Caricatures, Cartooning, Editorials, Florida History!, Florida Restaurants, Friends, Sketchbook, Various

2009-0710-breakers-colorI attended the Friday luncheon of the Florida Press Association at historic The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. During the luncheon the Florida Press Association presented awards to those of the daily papers. Also given were awards from The First Amendment Foundation. The Pete Weitzel/Friends of the First Amendment Award was given to Pat Gleason, who is an assistant to Governor Charlie Crist on many things including open government. She is a great lady. She assisted Sandra and I when visiting the Governors Library & Sandra donated many of her books. Governor Crist was at the luncheon to present the award. Below is a fuzzy photo of Pat Gleason speaking, to the right of the photo.

I was honored to receive the Sunshine Award for my editorial cartoons on the subject of Sunshine Week. Below the photo are the two Sunshine Week cartoons. My time at Orlando City Hall greatly helped my constructing these two cartoons. Director  Barbara Peterson was a big help!

To the right is a colored sketch of drapery in The Breakers.

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While at the Florida Press luncheon I met Mark Mathes who once editted a ton of cartoonists when he was with Tribune Media Services. Amongst those is cartoonist and editor, Dick Kulpa. Dick was one time editor of the infamous Weekly World News.  I once penciled a week of comics strips for Dick’s comic strip ‘Ghost Story Club’ many years ago.

Anyway, Mark invited Dick over and we went to dinner. Dick and I drew each other and a photo of such is below.

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June 28, 2009 – Bear & Lollipops!

by on Jun.28, 2009, under Books, Cartooning, Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Just finished most recent commission for client. Teddy bears and lollipops!

Contact me for your own piece of art: rob@robsmithjr.com
My personal commissioned pieces are inexpensive compared to commercial pieces.

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June 27, 2009 – Boating Brochure Art!

by on Jun.27, 2009, under Books, Cartooning, Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Picked up brochures with the artwork included last Friday, the 19th, from a new used book store on Bumby Avenue in Orlando. Thought you all would enjoy them.

All are from boating brochures involving Florida. I use like this art and wish more brochures had it today. We stood in the Welcome to Florida building on US 95 a couple weeks ago. Throughout the facility there was no illustrative artwork to be found on the brochures. Almost all photographs and digital graphics. The very few exceptions included one by me of the history of movies in Florida.

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June 21, 2009 – Father’s Day!

by on Jun.21, 2009, under Editorials, Florida Restaurants, What's New?

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Above is this years annual Father’s Day card for my father. It’s location is in the area my father grew up. The bridge goes over a river my father used to fish in. The bridge is also an entry to the cemetery.

We celebrated the day with my father and my brother Jeff by making a trip to Inverness and having dinner at Stumpknockers. Afterward my father enjoyed a Hershey’s coconut ice cream cone from The Ice Cream Dr.

Below is a photo of my father, brother Jeff and Sandra with a giant turtle at a nearby park.

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