IDEAS INTO ART BEGAN AS AN ONLINE DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO TO SHOWCASE DESIGN WORK CREATED IN MY FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION PRACTICE.

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE ADDED CARTOONING TO MY SKILL SET AND CREATED HUNDREDS OF ONLINE COMIC STRIPS, SEVERAL COMIC BOOKS, A HOW-TO-DRAW BOOK AND NUMEROUS PROCESS VIDEOS.

TODAY THIS WEBSITE SERVES AS A PORTAL FOR ALL OF MY DESIGN AND COMICS WORK AROUND THE WEB AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA. PLEASE EXPLORE THE LINKS BELOW TO VIEW MORE. THANK YOU.

Holiday Memories

I've always loved Christmas time. When I was a kid I would always tend to stay to myself a lot. I owe the fact that I am a professional creative to this tendency. My childhood was spent in rural America, just outside a town of about 150,000 but closer to a town of about 5,000. I went to a rural school with a graduating class of less than 300. I lived in a trailer house most of my childhood. My front and back yards weren't fenced in and the view outside my window was dirt for as far as the eye could see.

In the Winter months the winds were cold and the snow was deep, at least that's how I remember it. I liked to stay inside a lot during the Winter and draw or write short stories. Writing was always fun for me from a very early age. I wrote stream of conscience stories mostly. I never weighed myself down with the rules or symantics. I'd see all the parts of the story in my head as clear as I would if I were watching it on tv, and just as quickly as my hand could write them.

As an adult the Winter still holds that magic for me. I like to curl up in bed and read a good book or comic on my Kindle or bang out an outline or quick sketch of a character here and there on my laptop. On those nights that snow falls I'd just as soon be near a window, a small heater at my feet, wrapped in a blanket and wearing sweat pants while I draw a fun little winter scene like the one above.

It's a magic time of year for me. The holidays allow us to spend time with the ones we love, reflect on the past year and hope for a better one to come. I hope you all have a happy holiday and here's to ushering in the new year with much anticipation and joy!

Life In The Mega-City

The world is going crazy these days. It seems you can't say anything without offending - or at the very least, mildly annoying someone! If you are one to care about what other's tend to think of you or have something to hide, I guess that bothers you. Personally my phylosophy is to pretty much ignore the haters and, in the immortal words of Joe Dirt, "Keep on Keepin' on".

But in a world full of technology and instant communication around the world, it seems easier than ever to silence people. Oh sure, when you're on the winning side or if you don't have a bullseye on your back then what do you care? Right? But rest assured, there is always someone somewhere that wants you silenced, you just don't know it yet.

Conspiracy theory craziness? Maybe. But what I do know is that relying on third parties to get your voice heard or your art seen is a recipe for disaster. From the time I put my first comic online in 1996 I have been telling newcomers to the web to make sure they have their own website. Own their own piece of the web - as much as you can anyway.

I know, unless you own your own service provider, you can't truly own your own piece of the web. But I also know that if we continue to rely solely on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Tumblr to provide the only window onto the world to our work, we are actively embracing a much smaller window than we could have on our own.

The world is going crazy these days and more and more tech companies are positioning themselves as Mega-City One Judges. They are proclaiming that they are the law and everyone on their service is subject to their judgement. Do these companies have the right to do that, sure. But we have the right - and the ability - to lessen their power in our lives by owning our own space on the web.

Sure it's harder to learn to code, make your own site and be accountiable to your own thing. But that's what freedom is. It's hard, but it's worth it!

DAY JOB PROJECTS

Something I used to focus on a lot on social media, but haven't talked much about as of late, is what I am working on in my day job. For those of you who don't know already me, I am a production artists and general graphic designer for a small company from 9 to 5 each week day - also known as "The Day Job".

I've been employeed in this capacity for about 25 years. I love having a day job - not just because it pays the majority of the bills - but because I get to go out of the house and work with people in other career aspects (such as sales, marketing, etc) that I wouldn't normally work with if I just freelanced working from home. A lot of the time the day job design work is pretty straight forward. We have a lot of business clients that want pretty mundane design to fit their needs. It's not always glamorous or fancy work.

When you work in a career for 20+ years you will see things change a lot over time, especially in the world of graphic design and marketing. I've noticed a tendency to want to "settle" in my design work as I've gotten older and more comfortable with my place in the world. This can be death for a creative person, though, and I am so fortunate to work in a company and with people that change with the times and push each other to be better. For the past couple of years I have been working with a marketing and sales person about 20 years younger than me and female. Working with millenials is important for my generation to do because it's been a refreshing kick in the arse for me to adapt and change with the trends and the times in graphic design and marketing.

Without rambling on too much more, the image above is a sample of some of the designs we've been working on that focus solely on typography design that I'm really proud of. I've seen trends of grungy to structured detail to minimalist design come and go and, to be honest, I've been guilty of letting my preferences date my work. I love typography and have been wanting to work more of the design aspects of it into my day job work and with the changing of the times and the coming of age of millenials I am starting to finally get a chance to push myself in that arena and it's such a breath of fresh air!

FUN TIMES

Hey guys! If you're new to this website then WELCOME and if you've known of me and my work for a while then WELCOME BACK! There are a lot of fun times in store. First, let me introduce you to the new Ideasintoart.net portfolio portal. From here you have access to every project I am currently working on all over the web. The social links above take you to my favorite and most active social platforms. My Patreon button will let your help me fund my lifestyle and future projects. I would very much appreciate if you could pop over to my Patreon Feed and have a look around, if you like my work, drop me a few bucks each month!

The other three link buttons above are links to the three properties that I am currently working on. Robot Friday is my nine years running webcomic strip about a group of creative friends just trying to survive life. Sketchcast is my Youtube channel chock full of process and art videos - all AD FREE! And finally, Design-A-Super is my how-to-draw book and artist block remedy. The Design-A-Super book contains everything I know about drawing. I have poured my decades of drawing and character design knowledge into 44 pages of easy to understand and grasp design and drawing concepts. Hit the link to buy an instant digital download!

Finally that brings me to this blog. This is a new feature on the website and will most likely changed up in format before I settle on something I am comfortable with. I will mostly blog about art, design and preview my comic illustrations here. So hit up my social media to stay tuned to what I have going on. I promise, there's lots in store!