Still Going Strong Or Equal Time

After all these years of thinking about a comic strip or cartoon panel I am finally going to do it. In the 1980’s, my family included young teens and I have dozens of ideas I kept in a folder. But before the internet one had to sign on with a syndicate.

At that time working at the Daily Press newspaper as an illustrator and raising 2 kids was all I could handle. Several years later For Better or Worse beat me to it.

Fast forward to 2020 and the teens are still teens, but now they are my grandkids. And yes, internet and social media has changed the world, but people have not changed that much. I’m thinking with a little updating my originals are still relevant.

What has changed is that the only group left that one can still make fun of any more are older people. They, we, can still be degraded, or even thought of as children.

Which leaves a void.

I don’t feel dumb, stupid, or irrelevant.

I am still active as are my friends.

Perhaps it is time for me to put on my thinking cap and create my own version of life in the 20’s. It will be multi-generational and include people with disabilities. And I also hope that if it is not ha ha funny that it will at least provoke some thought.

Keep your eye out on my website and my Facebook page and if you feel so inclined share my work with your friends and ask them to share as well.

Now all I need is a title. I’m open to suggestions.

And here are few of my past ideas … Enjoy!

Baby Cartoon Wedding Cartoon

Such a Time as This

I assume like us you are at home.

I accessed a global virtual site and traveled virtually to London and Paris and the streets were filled with tourists and city sounds. Of course the tours predated 2020.

Then I checked webcams in different locations today and feel like I am living in an episode of Twilight Zone. The beaches are empty. The streets also. Times Square! Rod Sterling at his best would not have written a more bizarre scenario.

Just as I thought I could not emotionally stand any more politics, garden variety election year politics has been replaced by life and death issues-people sick and dying, joblessness, mental breakdowns, shut down businesses- all with no end in sight. Alcohol flowing quite well.

There is a personal bright side. I have my husband -and best friend- with me in our stay at home life. At least we have a gorgeous view and as of yesterday a new firepit on our deck. The great blue heron continue to fly back and forth over the marsh and our bird feeders attract an incredible variety of birds including bluebirds.

Nobody uses the “busy” excuse anymore.

My grandkids are communicating by text. I am talking more with friends from all over. I am cooking a lot (but then again I am a foodie and have always cooked) And so long as the entire world does not try to watch Netflix at the same time, I can binge watch come of my favorite shows.

On the other hand while I do have time, I have not even started my project of using more social media to showcase my art. However working on going through my photos  is just not on my real to do list. In fact I am avoiding reorganizing and deleting my 17000 photo images. Sigh.

I have done several cartoons that you can see on my Gloria Coker Fine Art Facebook. But my followers though loyal have not shared their enthusiasm. (That is a little joke) But I will persist.

Eventually this will end. Then we can figure out what permanent changes we will face. We won’t go back to business as usual. I hope many changes will be for the better, but we shall see.

In case you missed them, click on the cartoons below to see each one full sized.  Enjoy!!

Ramblings: Drawing from the Beginning

One of my first memories of art is when I was nine years old.  I know I was nine years old because my sister had just been born and my mother came home from the hospital with a bunch of gladiolas. 

I proceeded to take out some colored pencils.  I drew a picture of the floral bouquet which resided next to the drawing that I had copied of a cartoon character.  The character was a duck named Slappy with a little stick over his shoulder holding his little bag of belongings like the hobos would do back in the day. 

I thought the drawing  of the gladiolas was pretty good.  I continued to draw as I grew up, but I never considered drawing to be something that I would do as a job that would earn money for me.  Remember, this pre-dated the current world of graphic design.  At that time, the closest college major for using art in the commercial world would be industrial designing.  So when it came time to consider college, I checked out the courses that were offered in each major and chose psychology instead of art, because the choices were so eclectic from English literature to language to sociology.

I enjoyed drawing cartoons sketches and thought I’d share this one with you today.

artist cartoon sketch drawing from the beginning

If you’re still looking for the perfect last minute Christmas gift, consider a beautiful painting!  If you’d like to schedule a time to consider a painting at the Associates in Dermatology office, give me a call at  757-846-3650

Rant on Packaging

Packaging CartoonsDear Packagers of America.

You have taken child-proofing and theft control to such an extreme that most of us – not just the older demographic- cannot open anything without the help of scissors, pliers, wrenches, and in some cases, hammers.

  • A carton of milk has a tab that can almost break a fingernail.
  • A huge impenetrable plastic square that surrounds a teeny camera chip.  I know. It’s too small so too easily stolen so let’s pollute more of our environment rather than find a better solution.
  • A pull tab on the second layer of dairy products like yogurt that cannot be gripped by average-sized fingers much less pulled off.
  • A cereal box with glue so strong you demolish the box before you get to the inside plastic packing that needs scissors to open.
  • We groan at the words “pull here” knowing that won’t work.
  • And on and on.

Is there a solution? At least for the environment, can’t hemp (in addition to CBD oil for our aches and pains) be used to make a paper product suitable for packaging? Isn’t one of the reasons W. R. Hearst fought to make marijuana (from hemp) illegal so he could print his newspapers on paper from his tree farms without competition from hemp?

Are we really stuck with plastic islands in the Pacific and non biodegradable plastic in our landfills?

Maybe not. Come on folks- rise up! Demand our grocery stores customer service open our packages. When they get tired of wasting their time maybe they will demand that our packaging become better and easier to open.

Next rant: graphic design with illegible lettering.

P.S.  On another more jolly note …  I’m so proud of my son, Tad, with his new book, “The Santa Claus War.”  If you’d like to purchase a Kindle copy, please go to Amazon.   If you like it, will you leave a review?

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