Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tongue fishing, fishing tattoo, & stick fishing!

How you like that title, nice, right? Okay, here I go again with a few of my fishing cartoons. Sometimes I put in a lot of effort into drawing them well and sometimes I do not.  These are in the "not" category, however I think they are still funny. You know, I need to count them because I bet I have over 150, my goal is for 365. Anyway, most of these are new with one up-dated version.  I hope they put a smile on your face, enjoy!

There's so much tongue piercing going on these days, I thought that I would incorporate it into my cartoons. 


There's no question in my mind, that Margret's husband has a fishing disorder. It appears that Margret is doing everything that she can to help. Now ladies, I wouldn't recommend following Margret's path of fish tattoos to help her husband, but it is interesting and funny!  

I call this my minimal cartoon because I put in so little effort in generating it. I guess you could call it stick fishing.

Oh yeah, if you are a lake, river or bay lover, then you might want to paddle over to my website. I paint vintage style maps of lakes, rivers and bays and I hide a tiny mermaid in the waters that folks love to hunt for. Sizes range from 10"x20" to almost 4'x8' and I do custom and personalized maps. They make great gifts, check it out LeoMaps.com

See if you can find the hidden mermaid!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pelican Fish Thief!

I've been in Florida for the past week enjoying the sunshine and fishing. Here's an interesting story that occurred while on the water. In this picture, Pop, my father-in-law, is cleaning fish when a rowdy pelican steals a fish. Pop chases the pelican with his fillet knife. The pelican, in fear for its life, drops the fish and if you look closely, you can see the dropped fish on the deck. Also, check the crowd of pelicans gathered around. 


Moral of the story, don't steal from Pop! Also, no pelicans were harmed in the making of this story. If you are in need of a beautiful vintage style map of your favorite lakes, rivers, and bays check-out my web site LeoLakes.com.

Paddle own over for an adventure. Click Below!



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bait Kissing!

I have been drawing fishing cartoons and adding them to my blog for the last few years. Do you want to know the most poplar? Probably not, but I'll tell you anyway, It's the bait kissing cartoon. It has had over 700 views in less than two years. I'm not sure why it's so popular, but maybe it's because some fisherman somewhere has actually got hooked while kissing his bait. All I can say is ouch!   


Remember to get away from the big screen and get on a big stream! 

Hey, if you are a lake, river or bay lover checkout my decor maps at www.LeoMaps.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Water Dog!

This is my dog in front of this Lake Champlain Map. It may look real, but this is not a real dog, it's stuffed. When I was a child, I had a dog named Lucy who loved the water and went on all of our adventures to the Lakes and Rivers. I keep this stuffed dog, also named Lucy the water dog, in my studio to remember all the fun that we had. 
This beautiful map of Lake Champlain is for a customer in Vermont. This decor map is large, 6ft-4in x 3ft-2in. and is gallery wrapped. The map is from a watercolor painting and is printed on canvas with archival inks. After printing, I come back and hand paint areas of the map to high light them, such as the birds etc...

Interestingly, I hide things in the waters. Folks love to search the waters looking for the hidden items. They are tiny, but they certainly make this map a conversational piece. 

One of the neat things that make my maps special, is that you can tell what time of day it is on the map. As shown, If the shadow is on the west side of the birds, then the sun is rising. If the shadow is on the east side of the birds, then the sun is setting.
I use waterfowl that are common for the lake area, such as Canadian Geese, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle etc... These three Canadian Geese appear to float over the map.  
I try to name important area's on the lake, especially the islands, points, rivers etc... I added this sail boat to the picture because I thought it would make an interesting photo. Check the colors out of the lake. 
This map is gallery wrapped and the sides are 1-1/2 inches thick. The map actually wraps around the sides of the frame. You will find no road names, county, or state lines on my maps. I have found that folks enjoy traveling the roads with their eyes, while trying to get their bearing. I call this the "Leo Lakes gaze."

If you would love a great map or you know someone who lovers a lake, river or bay, then a treasured map from Leo Maps would make a great gift. Have it custom or personalized! Check-out my website below and remember: "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream."
  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fishing Disorder, Too!

You can eat crackers in bed, but never do this, and if you do, then you definitely have a Fishing Disorder. 


I've never cleaned my tackle box out in bed, but I can certainly understand the trouble it might get you into. Hope you enjoyed my cartoon.

If you ever need a map of your favorite fishing hole, then check out my website LeoLakes.com

Frame your favorite lake, river, and bay.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fishing on Lemon Bay, Drinking Lemonade

As you can see, Pop (my father-in-law) has an audience while cleaning fish. These birds act like they are waiting to enter a five star restaurant, called "Pop's Filet," right before it opens. Anyway, Pop has been fishing down in Florida on Lemon Bay. Lucky for him, he has missed the cold hard winter and has been enjoying the 70's while we suffered in the teens. 
What was the catch of the day, Sheep's head, six to be exact. Okay, they don't look like a sheep's head, but if you look at their teeth, then you would think they have sheep teeth. That's why they are called sheep's head. They are great tasting fish, however even with the size of these shown, the meat will only be the size of  two chicken strips after they are filleted.  
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Check-out that knife that's in Pop's hand. I'm not sure if he is ready to clean fish or have a knife fight with a Great Blue Heron over his catch. Here's the good news, next week I will be "fishing on Lemon Bay, drinking lemonade" and hopefully catching a few fish. Wish me luck and I will post a few pictures during the trip on the blog. Oh yeah, here's one of my vintage styled maps of Lemon Bay that I personalized and gave to Pop as a gift. That's him in the photos. See more of my maps at LeoMaps.com


"Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, or at least put one on the wall!"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I love this lake!

A lot of folks love the lake that they live on or near. In fact, some folks love their lake, river, or bay as much as a family pet. Here's a great little lake poem that my wife came up with that I use with some of my vintage style maps.  


I often do custom maps of lakes that are small and that only a few folks live on. One such lake is Glen Lake which is located in New York. I added the above poem around the perimeter for a nice touch.


Some customers frame their print in a barnwood style frame which works well with my vintage style maps. I normally have a few different types of frames in the studio. I show only one style on the website, but most of the time, I have barnwood and a premium mahogany frames. Checkout my website if you are interested in a lake, river, and bay vintage style map of your favorite body of water. If we don't have your lake, we can do a custom map of your treasured paradise. Also, I can do other maps for folks too, such as decor maps of land, farms, ranches and genealogy.  Tour my website:  Leolakes.com
   Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Why fishermen are more fun than vegetarians!

It's amazing what two fishermen will talk about when they get together.  


Hey, checkout my website. We have custom canvas maps, custom lake maps, custom bay maps, custom river maps, personalized maps, and vintage style maps.
Remember, Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on the big stream.