A new cartoon recently posted over at the data analytics supersite KDNuggets.com. This one deals with the recent story about artificial intelligence being able to tell if a person is gay or straight just by scanning their face. That got us to thinking – what else could AI tell us about ourselves? The new cartoons attempts to see the possibilities …
This month’s KDNuggets cartoon has just posted on their site, so please check it out!
This one is one of the more unusual topics I’ve ever done in cartooning, combining the intriguing topic of Artificial Intelligence with the summertime fun of cooking out on the grill. The results, as you can see from the cartoon, are not good from the human perspective.
Next month, August 2017, will mark the five year anniversary of my partnership with United Business Media, a large multinational publishing company based in London, UK. I currently do work for a number of independent web and print publishers under the UBM banner. Those clients are Diagnostic Imaging, Physician’s Practice, Psychiatric Times, All Analytics, Medical Economics, Cancer Network, and Ophthalmology Times. I have drawn for a number of other UBM sites that have either stopped running cartoons, been absorbed by other brands, or just went the way of the dodo. The current clients represent a large volume of work for me, as I regularly draw cartoons for each of these sites and magazines, and it all started with answering an ad in Craigslist five years ago.
Back in the summer of 2012, I saw an ad posted by the editor of a startup site called ‘Future Cities,’ which was a publication dealing with the future of global urbanization, sustainability, and technology. It ran for a short time, going under after 2 or 3 years, but it did get my foot in the door, aside from me making a decent income in those couple years they were in operation. Before the demise of Future Cities, the editor attended a conference with her peers and told other editors about my cartoons there, and that if they were looking to add some entertainment content to their sites, I was the guy they should get ahold of. I didn’t know this until after the emails started coming in. All of a sudden I’m getting hit with offers from editors at other UBM sites to draw for them on a regular basis. Of course, I said yes! And I’ve had a rewarding partnership with all these clients ever since.
So you never know what an opportunity can turn into. I recommend always keeping your eyes peeled for opportunities, as one job can lead to many. Even though I’m a busy working cartoonist with a decent amount of regular clients, I still look through Craigslist (and a few other sites) periodically for possible gigs. I also submit to many print and online publications that run cartoons, but that is complete ‘spec’ work. (See my list of magazine publications to see where I’ve been published.)
If you’re new to cartooning, but are serious about pursuing the profession, I recommend the above advice, and also to be very patient, as building your resume and connecting with the many professional relationships you will make often takes time, usually many years. I struggled and faltered for many years (although I always stayed busy, even if they were small projects.) Any project – personal, professional – is only going to help you learn and grow as an artist and entrepreneur, so always keep working, even if what you’re doing doesn’t seem consequential to you at the time.
I will continue posting advice for new cartoonists, along with tutorials on my work process, so keep checking this site for future tips on the art and business of cartooning!
I’ve been planning to do a bit more with my blog than posting some of my cartoons that are published with several of my regular clients, and I guess this blog entry marks the beginning phase of those plans. I’m starting a new section on the blog, and as indicated above, it’s called Pencils To Pixels.
I want to use this segment of my blog to share more with my readers about how I got started in cartooning, the tools I use to create my comics (thus the title), how I manage the business side of cartooning, and many other aspects of the cartooning business, including tutorials, and tips for beginners.
For my first entry, I’ll be posting an article in the coming week about United Business Media, a significant client of mine who really changed things for my cartooning career in the past few years. I think it’ll serve as a good example for young cartoonists as to how you can secure work, and how one job can lead to many others, so stay tuned and check back here later in the week:)
My first November cartoon for Medical Economics has just posted, and it deals with those litigation-plagued patients who can make things difficult for a practicing physician to make it in today’s world of medicine.
Check out Medical Economics for many great articles contributed by medical professionals across the country!
My second cartoon for the October installments of Medical Economics deals with the problems physicians face in the early phase of their careers, and throughout as well. Would a Scared Straight program steer some pre-med students away from the medical profession? If you are a medical professional, knowing what you now know, what would your advice be to a pre-med student?
Please visit Medical Economics for other interesting topics in articles written by many medical professionals.
One of my September cartoons for the Physician’s Practice site features the panic situations practices can get into if they’re IT staff is unavailable or (worse!) nonexistent. Check out the cartoon and leave a comment here or on the PP site. There are many other great articles there as well for the medical community.