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There are two things to consider when choosing an illustrator:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Mark Armstrong illustrator kindergarten photo plus how he looks nowblank vertical space, 24 pixels highFirst of all, you want a face you can trust. Bingo! (see above)blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You also want someone with experience– and think of all the experience I gained while I was growing that white mustache.
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A Little Historyblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

I was a freelance gag cartoonist for many years, while working other jobs. I began freelancing full-time in 1989. Took me awhile to find my way– I did a lot of caricatures (below).

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highEventually, I moved into editorial illustration. When magazines fell on hard times, I moved into marketing and branding. (I still do editorial.)blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Mark Armstrong drawing caricatures at Cedarcrest Foundation 50th birthday party in Keene NH 1997

 

Where I’m Atblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

I have a home studio in tiny Harrisville, NH (pop. 1000). I’m out in the woods. Sometimes I stop work to watch a flock of wild turkeys waddle by.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

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“My images are different, like your brand needs to be.”blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

It’s based on a simple truth: to succeed, you have to get noticed first. That means being different, standing out somehow. True for brands, true for blogs, true for any form of content.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highYou won’t stand out by using stock photos or cookie-cutter templates. You need images that get attention and make people curious. Illustrations do that.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Humor: What It Is, Why It Worksblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”Clive Jamesblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

My specialty is humor, and the above is the best definition of humor I know.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

It’s not doing standup comedy, it’s not being loud and telling bad jokes. It’s being genial, positive, upbeat, talking with a smile, and being ready to laugh and poke fun at yourself. It’s about putting others at ease.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Humor works because it gets people to lower the shields we all have up against 24/7 sales pitches and other intrusions.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

The Things I Drawblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Illustration, cartoons, caricatures, infographics, animated GIFs, slideshows, stop-motion animation, videos, editorial art, book illustration, web graphics.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Who I Draw Them Forblank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Big brands like Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A, small brands like the St. Croix Chocolate Company and Children’s Stage Adventures.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Communications & HR directors, social media managers, editors & art directors, PR & advertising agencies, book publishers & self-publishers.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Some examples: for a football quiz for Chick-fil-A:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high2016 Chick-fil-A college football kickoff game quiz Heisman Trophy dawg ram University Georgia 2 winners University North Carolina only runner-up

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highFor the St. Croix Chocolate Company, to promote their first appearance at the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show:blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels highSt. Croix Chocolate Company driving truckload of chocolates to Chicago trade show

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highFor Diplomat Magazine, for a story on the Scottish Referendum:blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels highTwo bagpipes playing music, one bag as Scottish flag with pipes spelling out YES, one bag with Union Jack United Kingdom flag with pipes spelling out NO, reference to Scottish Referendum scheduled for September 18, 2014 to decide if Scotland should be independent country

Why Should You Hire Me?blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

1. Stock photos look fake and get ignored. Custom illustrations get     noticed.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

2. I’m a perfectionist. I do every job right, big or small. I can’t help     it.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

3. I invest myself in every job. Because I don’t succeed if you don’t     succeed.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

4. I’ll promote the finished work on all my social channels, no extra     charge.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

5. Free quotes, and I’ll supply at least 3 options. See FAQs.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

6. I’ll keep you informed at all times.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

7. You don’t have to know exactly what you want. Ideas are my     strong suit. It’s part of the job.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

8. My work is unique; no worries about someone else using the     same image.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

9. Flat fees, no limit on rough sketches or revisions to roughs. See     FAQs.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

10. My clients like what I do, and they say so. See Testimonials.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

11. I’ll follow up and make sure you’re satisfied.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

12. Can’t promise, but if you need a quick turnaround, I can usually       deliver.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Where To Go From Hereblank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Questions? See FAQs.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Still got questions? Get in touch. See Contact.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Request a free quote. See Contact.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Check out my work. Click on the thumbnail images at top right.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

See what my clients say about me. See Testimonials.

 

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