The latest article given to me by the editor of Lodging Magazine involves manager tips for making a workplace a good environment for employee mental health. The key was offering support to workers in terms of acknowledging outstanding work, explaining employee goals in a clear way and setting an example for employees to model. I came up with an arched bridge as being the means of support, with the recommended action points spelled out on the pillars.
First I drew a pencil sketch with loose tones blocked in –
With the idea approved, I traced the drawing onto illustration board, outlined in prisma pencil and painted it with acrylic washes, using the sketch as reference to keep the values consistent.
Meal kits are very popular right now, especially among young couples in big cities – they are a subscription service that delivers a fully-stocked box full of raw food to your door in a refrigerated container, with instructions on how to cook all the ingredients into a delicious, almost gourmet dinner for two. And if the recipe calls for one stalk of celery, that’s exactly what they provide – one stalk, in a clear plastic sleeve, so there’s no scrap left. What, though, can be done with all the packaging that’s leftover? Well, since spring is just around the corner, I propose . . .
I’ve been drawing cartoons related to Thanksgiving for a number of years for Proactive Performance, often about turkeys, sometimes Pilgrims, but always with some touch of business jargon involved. This past Thanksgiving was no exception, as I moved from the first quick sketch –
to a tighter version –
to the finished cartoon for the card, painted in the classic black and white New Yorker style. Inside the card, Proactive Performance President Jim Shute thanks his clients, associates and colleagues for their business and wishes them the best for the holidays. I always enjoy doing Jim’s card since it blends humor with its sincere goodwill.
Once again this year I was asked by Mary Lennon, of Lennon’s Small Jobs, to draw a cartoon related to her home maintenance business, to use in her New Year’s greeting to her customers. Mary’s new year’s postcards serve as a reminder to her clients that she’s just a phone call away, and that she appreciates their business.
Through the years we developed a penguin character that appears at a customer’s home igloo to fix some problem, and these are always home repairs that Mary does indeed perform frequently for her customers. This year’s involved wallpaper:
You can see some past cartoons here and here. Humor is a great strategy in helping people remember your business, and my little cartoon chuckles add humor to Mary’s reputation for dependable home maintenance.
If you’d like to chat about cartooning for your business promotions, please contact me!
“Sir, we’re getting ready to land–I’m going to need you to slide that under your seat.”
I started reading and chuckling at New Yorker cartoons in high school when my dad introduced its unparalleled humor to me. He and I shared many hours discussing our favorite gags and cartoonists, and, while Dad did land a great cartoon one time in The Saturday Evening Post, he never made it into Eustace Tilley’s grand library. He hoped someday I would. Dad passed away 8 years ago but I have the uncanny feeling he’s been pulling some strings.
I’ve done several cartoons for my friend Mary Lennon, who does home repair & maintenance for many customers in my area through her business Lennon’s Small Jobs. Mary uses my cartoons as New Year’s postcard greetings to thank her clients and remind them that she’s available for further work. Every year we use a one-panel gag, with a penguin arriving to do one of the jobs Mary is most commonly called for. This year’s card:
and a brief plug – I now have my St. Patrick’s Day cards on my Etsy page, if you click right HERE . They have my illustration of a quaint Irish cottage in the spring – so please take a look if you have a special person to send a lovely Irish wish to on St. Patrick’s Day.