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Ever since I was a little kid I've always loved drawing cartoons but who ever thought you could make a living at it. I sure didn't. I mean from what I could tell there were only a handful of guys doing syndicated cartoons and a bunch guys doing Saturday morning animation. That was about it. So when it came time… Read More
Ever since I was a little kid I've always loved drawing cartoons but who ever thought you could make a living at it. I sure didn't. I mean from what I could tell there were only a handful of guys doing syndicated cartoons and a bunch guys doing Saturday morning animation. That was about it. So when it came time for me to pick my major in college I was no fool, I chose advertising.

I landed a job with a small ad agency right out of school and as far as I was concerned I was right where I belonged. It's funny how things work out though. I eventually began to grow restless so one day I introduced a few cartoon illustrations into my layouts. To my great surprise they were well received. I figured I had nothing to lose at that point so I began introducing them to some of our bigger clients as well and it worked. That gave me an idea. I knew if i looked around I could probably find a place where cartooning would be a bigger part of my job. I found a small toy company in Framingham MA and they just happened to be looking for a guy who could draw cartoon characters... all... day ... long. (sometimes dreams do come true),

The toy job didn't last long but knowing that I could make a living doing what I do best changed everything. I quickly developed a portfolio reflecting my new found knowledge and completely changed my marketing plan. Cartoons were big business and they were being used to sell anything from toys to books to cereal. My job from then on my was to find those places and show them what I could do.

Since then it's been an incredible journey. Understanding cartoons as an incredible marketing tool and their potential to reach millions of customers changed everything. I began my freelance cartooning career in 1998 and since then my work has been featured on everything for toy boxes to clothing, I've done mascots for professional sports teams and designed hundreds of logos for both large and small businesses all over the world but that's not all. My experience with the children's market eventually allowed me to begin illustrating children's books as well. I've been very fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest names in publishing. My art has been featured in over 200 children's books to date and I can't wait to do the next 200. Read Less
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    bob ostrom — NC, USA
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Member Since: May 17, 2010