Archive for September, 2009

Bearman Cartoon: Bengals Beat Steelers

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Sorry for my focus on American Football toons as of late but the Cincinnati Bengals have not beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in eight years. Sunday they finally won and my friends in Pittsburgh deserve a little payback for all the years that they beat on us.

For the uninformed, the Bengal Tiger obviously represents the bengals.  Pittsburgh fans carry en masse a towel that is printed with the words “terrible towel” to games at home and away.   The towel is now synonymous with the Steelers. 

9 29 09 Bearman Cartoon Bengal Steelers copy

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Sweet Cherry Beer

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Hoping to get a toon out this week but things have been crazy.

Here is another shirt design from the fictional WackSack Brewing Company.

Sweet Cherry Beer with the tag “Drink Like It’s Your First Time”

Tutorial: Create Curtain Texture in Photoshop

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , on September 25, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Because I am the Photoshop wonder kid, George Ford asked in the comments of my Obama & Carter cartoon how I made the background curtain. Whether you are using Photoshop or simply Photoshop Elements like I do, it is a simple 4 step process. There are more in depth tutorials out there but this works for me and most people who just want to allude to the fact that there is a curtain backdrop.

Create a new layer and fill it with Black. It should look like this…(duh)

Leave Black as your foreground color and choose a background color that you want your curtain to be. I chose blue. Make sure Black is in Front of the color you chose.


Click on FILTER > RENDER > FIBERS. You can play with the settings but I used a Variance of 6 and Strength of 4.


Finally click on FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR. I set a radius to 5 and tada, you get a curtain.

Photoshop Curtain Tutorial at

I look forward to Hank Addanac taking to the stage in the near future.

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Word to the Wise

Posted in Funny Stuff on September 24, 2009 by bearmancartoons

When you join a new gym, they will entice you with a bunch of group classes. There is one called Boot Camp. Word to the wise, it has nothing to do with learning how to prepare your wardrobe for the upcoming winter.

I am in so much pain, it hurts to type.

Bearman Cartoon: Obama and Carter

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by bearmancartoons

I firmly believe that there are people who oppose President Obama and everything he stands for simply because of the color of his skin. As Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post does, I would tend to throw most of the “birthers” in that group (these are the people who say Obama shouldn’t be President because they think he wasn’t born in the United States).

But former President Jimmy Carter does nothing to further real work done in race relations or even bring to light real racist attitudes toward the current President, when he said, “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.” An “overwhelming portion”???

It is a huge disservice to the sitting President to make a comment like that.  So now instead of opposing plans and creating dialogue about it, Obama’s foes will simply oppose everything without dialogue for fear of being charged with racism.

On the other hand the Right doesn’t do a good job of protecting themselves against charges of racism. When 5% of a anti-Obama policy rally contains racist imagery or signage and there isn’t a strong stance within the group itself to weed those people out, it is no wonder that those are the people that end up on the news.

I like what Bill Clinton had to say in response and would be more in line with my thinking:  “I believe that while it is true that some of the most extreme opponents of President Obama may also still have racial prejudice, I believe that 100 percent of those who are opposing him now would be against him if he were a white Democrat.”

Much like Joe Wilson disrupted the President’s address, Carter is distrupting the President’s agenda. Jimmy does a great job of building houses.  He should stick with that.

9 22 09 Bearman Cartoon Obama Carter

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