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This site is intended to amuse and inform. The success of either is for the reader to decide. We are amused, at any rate. Which is why we do it. It’s a hobby. There certainly isn’t any money, fame or glory in it. Still, if you enjoy perusing terry colon point com only half as much as we enjoy making it, then we enjoy it twice as much as you.
This is an old-school website with updates scheduled for whenever we get around to it. There is no search function. There isn’t all that much in the archives, if you can’t find it through the navigation bits at the left or just surfing through the blog it probably isn’t worth finding. There is no comments section and you can’t link to individual blog entries. The reader cannot rate, give a thumbs-up or the finger to anything. There is no feed or subscriptions and you cannot follow us anywhere but right here.
On the plus side, there are no annoying pop-up ads on the site. Or ads of any kind, annoying or otherwise. Which well explains why there’s no money in it.
Despite using the editorial “we” we are really only one person, Terry Colon, illustrator, sometime cartoonist, sometime humorist whose work has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and on the web. (Hereafter the editorial “we” will be dispensed with.) Some of my many cartoons and humor articles have appeared in the likes of Cracked magazine, Reader’s Digest, and perhaps most famously Suck.com (RIP). My magazine, book, and other illustration credits are too numerous, and likely too uninteresting to the reader to list.
These days I’m pretty much retired from the illustration game. Though I might consider the odd request for special projects that strike my fancy. Contact me with the email button at the top left of the page. Just about every article and illustration, in part or in whole, found on terrycolon.com is available for re-use. Explore, read, enjoy. If you really enjoy and want to use it yourself, there’s that email button I told you about.
I owe my talent and career largely to my dad who took me into his studio, Art Works, as a young man. I was the young man, not him. The resulting career was an unplanned and happy accident.
Beyond the above, all truly personal information about my private life is classified and available only on a need to know basis. That’s why they call it private life. That being said, there are these:
I am sometimes asked to divulge my methods for creating illustrations. Here is how I perform the magic in all its simple majesty:
Step One: Sketches with pencil and marker on tracing paper.
Part 2: Finished drawings in marker on tracing paper.
Action C: Line art scanned into Adobe Photoshop at 300dpi. Scans cleaned up where needed.
Stage IV: Bitmaps imported into Adobe Illustrator and converted to vector art.
Next Procedure: Vector images assembled, edited and colored in Illustrator. Any type is added.
Fin: File saved as eps for print, gif or png for the web.
It’s easy as 1-2-3, even though it’s actually six steps in case you hadn’t noticed. In any event I’m always mindful of the excellent advice of the great Wally Wood, “Never draw what you can copy. Never copy what you can trace. And never trace what you can cut out and paste down.” And as my dad used to say, “If it looks right, it is right.”
Some folks ask where my ideas come from or how I make drawing look so easy.
Not so easy to answer. The ideas just sort-of pop into my brain. Though they don’t actually make a popping sound and a light bulb doesn’t appear over my head. Sometimes the idea just oozes in by osmosis, if that makes any sense. If all else fails, I just “borrow” someone else’s idea, give it a little twist and claim it for my own.
The answer to making it look easy is practice and genetics. I’ve been drawing since I was a boy in short pants, though I usually wore long pants. That I can do it fairly well is just a knack I have. I can’t really take any special credit. It would be like bragging about being tall. That is if I were tall, but you get the point.
The web pages themselves are painstakingly built keystroke by keystroke in BBEdit. Of course, with as much copying and pasting and dragging and dropping as can be managed. Just the way Wally Wood would have done if he had a website.
Rather than write the story of my progression from drawing hand turkeys as a lad up through running terry colon point com, I provide the following chart. This shows where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing and the influences and developments that made the artist out of the lad. Doesn’t make sense to you? It doesn’t to me, either, and I lived it.
It’s a mystery, eh? You might try moving the cursor around the chart. I should say over the chart, nothing happens around the outside. Then try hovering. Those title tags that come up aren’t always empty or next to meaningless.
Not exactly current, but I thought you’d like to see what an average year in the life of yours truly is like.
Rather than a monolog or annotated lists of the goings on and off of the year, I present 2012 in its entirety in one handy-dandy, easy-to-view chart. This will save the reader gobs of time, if their time comes in gobs. Maybe you see a wedge-shaped, fat-tailed, head and shoulders death cross formation. Me, I see a sideways jellyfish. Still, I can’t imagine anyone being all that interested in what I did all year to bother making anything out of it. Heck, it was all happening to me and I slept through a third of it.
As you can see on the right-hand end of the chart, all lines are projected to converge on or about February 15th, 2013. At which point I’ll either implode in a zero-point singularity and vanish, or explode to be reborn Phoenix-like into a new and/or improved version of myself. That’s one theory, or maybe two. More likely, since these are just lines on a chart, nothing of the sort will happen. Making February 15th a day like any other day, only more average than average.
There is no fool-proof method to getting in the art biz. There are plenty of fools in the business, believe me. If that little bit of warning doesn’t disuade you, you can read my article linked below:
Notes for Young Artists –Learn from My Experience, or Get Your Own
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• What’s the purpose of this site?
To prove million dollar ideas are a dime a dozen.
• Why is the cursor a tiny mouse?
A huge mouse covers up too much text and art.
• Is there a way to make terry colon point com my home page?
• How do I share this site with friends and family?
Buy them a computer.
• How can I support terry colon point com?
I find atop a desk works for me.
• Can I follow you on FaceBook or Twitter?
No. But that doesn’t mean FaceBook and Twitter aren’t following you.
• Can people reuse your art without getting permission first?
• Do you publish material from outside writers?
Not that they’re aware of.
• Can I work for terry colon point com?
Yes. Do whatever you do now for work and send me the money.
• Why is there no comments section?
• How can I take you seriously?
If you laugh I’m joking. If you don’t laugh I’m serious. Or it’s a bad joke.
• Why am I seeing this?
I forgot to delete it.
• Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Well, isn’t it a chicken that’s inside the egg? Ponder that a while. Deep, huh?
• Where did I leave my car keys?
The same place you lost them. Always look there first and you’ll save a lot of time.
• Smoking or nonsmoking?
The site is nonsmoking. If you see smoke coming from terry colon point com check your power supply. Now!
• Who died and left you boss?
• How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
The amount of wood a woodchuck can chuck has been codified as one chuck, represented by the Greek letter chia, and is officially yie by yie by yea high.
• Why can’t we travel faster than light?
The fuel line may be clogged. Disconnect line at tank and suck on it until you’re lightheaded. Reconnect and fill tank with 50/50 mix of rocket fuel and nitroglycerine. Good luck. Was this answer helpful?
• How do you get down off an elephant?
• Is the Pope Catholic?
That line used to be the punchline to a joke, now it’s a joke all by itself.
• Why do fools fall in love?
Because they’re fools, of course. What’d you expect?
• Do we have free will or is it all destiny?
You must believe in free will, you have no choice.
• What’s the meaning of life?
Life is Nature’s way of keeping you busy until you die. Death is Nature’s way of killing you. Afterlife is what happens when you wake up dead.
• Am I crazy or are these FAQs fake and really stupid?
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
• Is that it?
It is what it is, and that’s that.