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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Taking A Ride


Among the discussions with my companions today is how best we could employ a gift all of us obtained at birth; the power of our vocals, our tongue of any language, our speech to any listening ear. For example, in past times, a person born without the ability to speak, to be seeing and hearing might be phrased as 'dumb'. That reference was sounding so unreasonable to me even at youth when you can notice that so-called 'stupid' person can bathe, dress and perform simple tasks with little or no assistance. 
He also is learning to communicate with sign language and read volumes of books with braille type. No surprise he published his 11th book, his personal copy having braille words and 3D formed shape images representing the artist's detailed illustrations. Please note it requires sophisticated mental activity with a precision coordination of rapid firing, communicating brain cells for the man to walk his sight-seeing dog. The individual following its guidance with his sensory cane. Also, this same fellow can receive, display and return in action vital traits of humanity including genuine love, compassion, and empathy. 
Therefore; it seems unjust in quickly terming this intelligent being as dumb because he does not have the usual senses so many might easily take for granted. Do you agree? That definition is un-factual, then how understandable it is not the right choice in expression vocally and writing. My friends and I are also talking about the way we deliver our communication, giving a quality of time and thought before sending it. There is much to keep learning for improvement in this regard.  
A primary example is that many persons are not planning to drive recklessly to arrive at an important destination. If a person is considering how to encourage or aid another with his or her words, then the receiver might gratefully embrace as a gift arriving at the right time. Who has not slipped as on ice or erred in thoughtless speaking and writing, later to regret what said? I am endeavoring to upgrade in this area as an author and human being.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Where Are They Now?



Could we have a little fun in this posting? In repeated trials I have attempted to enjoy my work in past times as a caricaturist artist. My harder effort was to earn a regular income. Circumstances did not fare well for me. I would like talk a bit more on that subject later. You may be curious of the pictures here; these are samples of my caricature works between 1990 and 2006. The first portrait is of a former professional tennis player; her nickname is Gigi. The second drawing is of one of the Jacksonville ambassadors who were assisting visitors in the downtown metro area of northern Florida. More individuals might recognize the person in the third drawing, the pop culture music artist Usher. A local business commissioned the final image in Bohemia, New York. Below the pictures additional details about each of these humorous portraits.
The pictures here have the same outcome, these were not including in my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist released this month on Nook Press and Amazon Kindle. It is 101 pages in length on Amazon-Kindle and 72 pages long on Nook. This book is a short memoir and collection of my caricatures, and the unsuccessful avocation was I peddling in New York, Virginia, and Florida. I hope you will learn more about this publication. The price of the book is two dollars and ninety-nine cents,


The portrait above might for many readers be resembling the former 17th rank tennis player Beatriz "Gigi" Fernandez. It is necessary to have the picture exchanging out of the book for the choice of a historical caricature and gag cartoon. There were other reasons for the exclusion after the book was publishing last week. My residence is in a Suffolk, Long Island area with an enlarging Latino population, so it was not an easy decision. I have not seen Ms. Fernandez in competition but am aware she won grand slam titles and Olympic gold medals during the 1990's. Ms. Fernandez was the first Hispanic individual in sporting history to be claiming those milestones. She is currently a tennis instructor and enterprising business woman. There is another celebrity in the book having a similar ethnicity as Ms. Fernandez. There are also people's caricatures of varying human races and uniqueness with age ranges in the book, The Deserting Caricature Artist. 



It was a hard, constant fight to keep the Lydia portrait in the book. Sadly along with Usher and numerous other drawings, there are technical complications almost impossible to overcome. The online manuscript editor kept rejecting the Lydia, Nathan, Celeste, other cartoon portraits in spite of me alternating files. Chapters were removed or were shifting to different sections of the book with repeated uploading and resetting images. I also tried deleting finished manuscripts and rewriting the book from the start. 
There are practical solutions with the assistance of professional service people. 
However, those options are costly and over above my means. Sadly Lydia was forsaken until a larger budget is surfacing in her behalf. Lydia would have been one the few live portraits in the book. That's correct she was a fantastic model who sat for me at the Jacksonville's farmer's market and art walk. She was serving as one of the tourists' assistants and public safety and health officials in the downtown district. Lydia may be one of the administrators currently involved in Jacksonville City's public affairs. The drawing above is a copy; she holds the original pen and ink wash art.


As you noticing below Eric in the picture appears to be too involved with the women folks. It seems like innocent fun in the adventures of corporate flirting and romance. Nonetheless, I want to keep the book within the G-rated borders. The picture below appears to me to being too suggestive, and it was removed before publishing the book. An important decision because there are caricatures of children (now grown adults) in the same book. So I have an excuse not troubling the consciousness of my friends and family and others...like Eric himself. This drawing was not his ideal; his bosses were commissioning me to conceived this comical scene for a company event. 
Eric's supervisors provided his photo for me to base his likeness in the picture. Looking back, I am sure he was embarrassed while others were laughing. It is an on-going education understanding the art of humor should not be unfair and offensive. An unpleasant side effect of caricatures that was eventually impelling me in considering other creative avocations. I did not attend the company's event. Eric and I (and most of his co-workers having their caricatures drawn by me) have not met in person. Where is Eric now? I have no clue but am wishing him and other living subjects of my caricatures the best of life.


Please accept my sincere gratitude to you taking the time visiting this blog site here, below is the book cover of The Deserting Caricature Artist. You can catch a preview of the e-book at either Nook Press or Amazon Kindle product pages.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Maybe Hard To Find, Yet It Could Be Unending

They were in love, ready to get married and eager to make "a fresh start." But were the two thirty-year-olds in real love? The answer became apparent to millions of news readers after the male partner was reportedly using his female girlfriend as a body shield against police bullets! Law authorities on the search for the law-breaking couple finally caught up with them and cornered the paired suspects to an enclosed section leading to a fierce gunfight.
Towards the ending of this current Bonnie and Clyde episode, the cowardly boyfriend was the one slain, and the girlfriend was arrested with a leg wound. If they let her out with an assembly of armed guards to attend his funeral. Would she have wanted to go after her former love placed her life at risk during an intense confrontation with police? Why had this couple gain such infamous attention when so many others worldwide in modern times used their bonded relationships to commit serious crimes including con artist scams, robbery, murder, abductions, sex and drug trafficking?


Considering the sad global conditions nowadays, is it an easy assumption to say billions are missing the mark or misunderstanding what genuine love is and what purposes it serve?

However, one pairing by pairing of non-criminal couples could toll upon society. Divorcing spouses might be weighing on the judicial systems at taxpayers' expense. Besides that the children of separating couples are affected and challenged to grow up as capable, well-adjusting adults. Not all have such a positive outcome, the emotional damage of a divorce causing them problems which are due to extend into their communities. Each account of separateness in marriage differ, we do not have all the facts what's happening. However, the finest exercise of love reduce in number those unhappy endings? There a lot of grim tales of lost love and its consequences. In my understanding, true love does not have to be cursed, lost or forsaken. More so this real love is an adjusting medication we need to cope with troubled periods and distressing circumstances, It is an outstanding quality by persons' choices to utilize in action, it is a closeness that could remain with us in the worse and best of times year round before and beyond February 14th.

Isn't that the bright red, heart shaped flashing social signal through commercialism alerting peoples to display their affections for one another, Valentine's Day? As a child, I was wondering why do people need such a reminder for an essential life quality along with birthdays and holidays. Should love not be second nature to humans? The finest reminders cover more than the repeated admonition to tell her or him, "I love you." Those bullet points include fundamental principals and our quality of love towards others might be affected by how we value right and wrong.
For example, if we dislike the open applications of honesty, justice, responsibility or hard work when necessary. It is little in question then our poor attitudes will be rubbing off on those who are supposed to be close to us in displaying a lack of true love. Isn't that a fact? Consider the first paragraph in an extreme case, the selfish cravings of a couple in lawlessness leading to death and physical harm to one another. Could it be they have thought of themselves more than one another, teaming up in crime to fulfill their individual desires? Naturally, again that isn't love based on vital, life-saving principals. True love would have encouraged one or both persons to avoid making awful conscious decisions pointing to adverse consequences or the grave site. Although there are negative circumstances such as lack of income or illness, real love can prompt individuals to take positive actions, true love requires authentic effort daily, monthly and yearly at no end.
Any whom might read my book, 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons may cite examples of this active quality of love and devotion. How about the cartoon of the father who wants to teach and train his son to safeguard himself from child predators? Or the specialist who is willing to forsake an enormous profit to be truthful to a lady client, his future wife.
There are humorous circumstances of un-genuine 'love' as a woman conducts an online search for a new guy while in the presence of her current mate. 57 Pages do not contain full accounts and novelist tales. But it may be a welcome departure from the usual romantic melodramas and stories of reckless passions. Is this the kind of fictional humor realism of modern times you may want to keep turning the pages? No problem much if the pages of true love keep turning into new chapters of life for an eternity.


Many may view true love is all-weather testing in the trials of living, and it should never melt away from our sight.