What's Up with Upshaw? I'm Baaaack!

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You're probably wondering where I've been all this time.  Well, I've been busy trying to get freelance jobs.  I am not a  substitute teacher anymore, and I've got to really hustle to make money the way I really want to make it--with my art!

So far I have two assignments and one possible assignment.  First, I ran into my old friend Pearlie, who is head of a women's organization trying to promote itself.  The ideas for the cartoon she wants me to do are coming but coming slowly.  Well, it's better than no ideas coming at all.  Secondly, at the end of the month, the East Chicago Public Library Main Branch is having a Halloween party for the kids, and I will be doing caricatures there.

The possible assignment comes from my church.  Cassie, a member of my church, told me of a church elder who wants to design a Bible cover for teenagers, so I gave her my information to give to him.  Tomorrow I'm going to ask her what the elder said, if anything.

These are challenges to me, the organization cartoon and the Bible cover.  This is going to call on skills I haven't used in a long time, if at all.  I call myself strictly a cartoonist and I"m used to executing my own ideas, as in my animations.  I'm going to really have to stretch my imagination outside of my comfort zone to get ideas.  And I have to get used to working with new customers.

Well, challenges are good.  Stretching my imagination is going to be good for me.  It is time for something new and different, and I'm up to the challenges.  Hopefully, I'll be making new repeat customers--who'll spread the word about D.K. Upshaw.  Now let me get to work!

About the author


I call myself a 'tooner--one who cartoons. Animated shorts, single-panel gag cartoons and celebrity caricatures are my specialty!

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