Cartoons and Clowns

Jim Rome inspired art

Clowning Around is OK!

Miscellaneous Art Work ūüôā

Many times clients will need special requests.  This is not a problem. And arrangements can be made. Part of being an artist is to think creatively. It is important to keep open lines of communication.  Often a client will have an image in their head but have a hard time trying to convey that image on to the artist.  Ha, thus why they need an artist in that situation.  My job is to take what is in your head and put it on paper,a digital file, canvas, etc.

As the school cartoonist for Miami University in Ohio and the Oxford Press in Oxford, Ohio, I am all to familiar with deadlines. Even in my day job it is important to have work done for a client in a timely manner. Below I want to share some examples of my work. When the Ararat Shrine Circus came to town in Topeka, Kansas, they needed digital art renditions of clowns.  Clowns were created in black and white and in color vector files so they could repurpose images to any size they need without losing pixelations.  Have you ever seen a poster on a building but up close it looks like a bunch of dots?  Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes and polygons Рall which are based on mathematical expressions.  Simply put, one image can be used on your letterhead and that same image can be ballooned to cover the size of a building without losing the integrity of that image.

When the 80th performance of the Shrine Circus came to town, that is exactly what they needed.  Pictures to cover billboards and go on T-Shirts and posters. The Shriners send thousands of children to the Circus each year free of charge.  When I was going to be hired to draw caricatures at the circus, they made it clear that no child would be charged and that is something I can get behind.

There is much controversy on the treatment of animals in the circus, especially in a recent documentary I saw, An Apology to Elephants, it pleases me to know that the Shrine Circus is evolving.

“As we look into the future, we see all circuses moving to non-animal productions.  Over the last 20 years, both through strict regulation as well as changing public sentiment, performing animal acts have begun to be a thing of the past.

‚ÄúSo it‚Äôs up to creative minds to conceive new and entertaining all-human performances, utilizing the high-tech rigging systems, computers, lighting, music and video combined with social media platforms.‚ÄĚ

–¬†James M. Hamid Jr. descendant from emigrant, George A. Hamid Sr., ¬†Circus Founder of Hamid-Morton ¬†that dates back to working ¬†Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

Meyer Music & Band of Angels

I've had the good fortune to work with the always generous Meyer Family as Designer/ IT Guy and want to share some of my work.

Mike Meyer and his family have been good to me over the years. I wanted to take that opportunity to mention that. ¬†Mike started Band of Angels and over the years he has has¬†provided instruments for “Helping Kids in Need Find Music.” ¬† People come in and donate used instruments and what is so great is that they fix and repair instruments and give them away to children that want to play in the band or orchestra. Band of Angels has also sent many kids to Band Camp. ¬†Naturally as a caricature artist, a lot of my business is drawing caricatures for kids. Any opportunity I come across that benefits kids is my responsibility, my honor to pass along to you.¬†Click Band of Angels to get more information or donate.

Dream it so I can Draw it! A Happy Medium…

Have an idea? Need a new logo, character?

When we work together it is organic, neither knowing the end result. I find this the best way because it extracts from the subconscious an even better idea than originally imagined. ¬†And of course there will be cases like to do exactly what needs to drawn, but if it’s a concept, I love the journey from beginning to end because of all the discoveries along the way.

Illustrating Your World

I am a published illustrator. Hardback, paperback and now most importantly e-Books.

Yes publishing has taken a different direction. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart phones, tablets and e-readers.

I’ve been involved with illustrating three¬†books, all available on Amazon and would look forward to helping the next author that comes along and needs artwork. In the past, I work very close with the author to ensure deadlines and keep the visions of the author always in mind. If you have any questions or would like to work in the future, please drop me a line. In the meantime,¬†feel free to explore Amazon to read reviews, possibly picking a book up for yourself!

Available for Questions, Ideas, Advice. For Hire!!

Ryan LandryCartoons and Clowns