THIS IS DIFFERENT.
Work or play Red goes full-tilt heavy-duty. We surveyed just a slice of his hauling hamming history. Catch him if you can!
Watcha gonna do when you’re hammy hammock camper, love bluegrass, QRP brass pousulted the I Ching, threw the yarrow stalks, and them stalks said “Kick back Grasshopper, kick out the jams!”
I Ching? QSL cards? Huh? Toldja. This is different.
Casually discussing his varied interests including public service, K8OE jokingly mentioned he wore “a lot of neon green.” Struck me that would make a striking backdrop for some appropriate iconography and we set to work.
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I design and draw QSL cards & radio graphic art to order for high-profile hams and smooth everyday operators worldwide.
No templates. No clip art.
Your design, yours alone.
That's what this ham calls custom.
For many hams, custom QSL means choosing from some nice photographs, clip art and a font list.
FB far as it goes. But my clients and I see custom QSL design as a more personal process. That means drawn just for the occasion for you alone, by a real OM artist into radio and drawing since he was kid, so the process is very personal.
What's more, my clients are part of that process from the very first sketch.
So while I do the drawing, my clients and I create their QSL designs side by side, tossing ideas back and forth and very often having a lot of fun in the bargain.
The difference goes deeper too.
I like to spotlight the operator behind the mike, key and keyboard. Sure, that can mean a fun likeness, but it also can mean a scene, still life or live action, that can express your individuality, your bliss, what motivates and moves you. Sorting that out can take a little while, but it’s worth it. Offbeat stuff that come up in our easy back and forth can generate startling visuals. Happens all the time, with high-profile hams and everyday ops alike. No magic. Just some thoughtful reflection and good old collaboration on your next QSL card.
Art for shacks? I madly love to kid around. You know what I mean if you've ever been to my ham humor site Dashtoons.com.
For all that though, I’m serious about designing QSLs and logos and drawing cartoons and illustrations like none other in the radio world. Because for individuals like my clients, nothing else will do.
My ham graphics experience goes well beyond custom QSL designs ...almost to the South Pole.
Granted, I stayed warm at my workstation providing logo and promotional graphics for the historic 2016 VKØEK Heard Island Expedition. That's one of many opportunities for which I've been thankful, working with internationally-recognized DXpeditions, ham authors, events, organizations, media and manufacturers.
Brands like Begali Keys, Texas Antennas and Alpha Amplifiers.
DX teams from Bouvet to the Cocos to Asia-Pacific to Central America.
Writers like ARRL editor/author Ward Silver, NØAX, as well as Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, ham blogger, CW Geek and author of the No Nonsense License Study Guides.
Organizations like Four State QRP Group.
Events like World Radiosport Team Championship.
Websites like DxNews.com and Noiseblankers.com.
Plus ham media as staff cartoonist for K9YA Telegraph eZine, graphics for Ham College video podcasts by Amateur Logic, and Dashtoons web comics featuring my irrepressibly imaginary radio playmate Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham.