About paulcombs

Paul is a classically trained artist, award-winning illustrator, and firefighter/EMT. That’s right, this unlikely combination has made Paul one of the most compelling and distinctive illustrators in America today. Paul burst onto the scene with a refreshing new style that married classical realism, manic energy, and a zany imagination for caricature. His lavishly detailed illustrations are published worldwide in newspapers, magazines (print and online), and books. His politically charged editorial cartoons are syndicated world-wide by Tribune Media Services/Tribune Content Agency. In conjunction with his career as an illustrator, Paul is an eighteen-year veteran of the fire service where he is a Firefighter II, NREMT, HazMat Technician, and Instructor for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy.

THE POLARIZING PREDICAMENT

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NEW FireRescue Magazine editorial: The Polarizing Predicament.
 
Way too much of this going on! It’s something we are all guilty of from time to time, because it’s so easy to be sucked into negativity instead of trying to solve the problem. It’s harder to fix the dysfunctional group than it is to join them.
 
Nothing gets solved if everybody is willing to continue the ship’s destructive course – regardless of clearly seeing the iceberg ahead!
 
STAY FIRED UP, and always treat each other with respect!
 
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TAMPA

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I’m feeling oddly nostalgic for Tampa this morning. We moved there in the 2004 after hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne had already wreaked havoc across the state. I interviewed for the Tampa Tribune editorial cartoonist gig between hurricanes Charley and Francis and remember walking around debris on my way to the office. Below is my very first cartoon published in the Trib – miss drawing local cartoons!

CYA PLUMBING

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NEW Fire Engineering August issue editorial illustration: CYA Plumbing.
 
Looks simply-complicated enough to me! With political correctness running amok in nearly every aspect of our lives, from the things we can and cannot say or write, to the once ignored pigeon-poop stained statues erected in parks, we must learn how to deal with this reality within our firehouse walls, too. Perhaps I’m just too old-school, but I’m a stern believer of straight-forward leadership and direction. If you want something done, give a clear and concise order. If you don’t understand something, you ask the person at the top – and expect a direct uncomplicated answer! Ever-present PC creates an atmosphere of CYA which leads to way too much BS!
 
Stay Fired Up, and keep it simple and truthful!
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LAST DAY

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LAST DAY!

Today is the last day to pre-order Guardian of the Wild and get the signed and numbered 16×20″ print, plus a signed 8×10″ Guardian of the Wild mini-print and an 8×10″ signed print of Forest Hero. All for $70.00 (plus shipping and handling).

To place your order, just click the link below.
U.S. Version – http://artstudioseven.com/LE%20Print%20Pages/Guardian%20-%20US.htm

For Canadian orders, please click here:
Canadian Version – http://artstudioseven.com/LE%20Print%20Pages/Guardian%20-%20CAN.htm

ENDANGERED SPECIES

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Drawn By Fire flashback to 2011… because who doesn’t like to draw tigers, bears, pandas, and firefighters?
 
Also, here’s an interesting article about the current state of volunteering.
 
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NEW PRINT RELEASE

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GUARDIAN OF THE WILD

I am excited to introduce my new print, Guardian of the Wild. Inspired by childhood memories of Smokey calling upon all of us to prevent forest fires, and my love of nature and the tranquility it offers to all of us who choose to protect it. Guardian of the Wild is my vision of a native woodland fire fighter – ever vigilant and prepared to protect the natural home of all creatures large and small.

Pre-order now and get the signed and numbered 16×20″ print, plus a signed 8×10″ Guardian of the Wild mini-print and an 8×10″ signed print of Forest Hero. All for $70.00 (plus shipping and handling).

But don’t wait – this offer will end August 14th!

To place your order, just click the link below.
U.S. Version – goo.gl/2kzqUW

For Canadian orders, please click here:
Canadian Version – goo.gl/smwRFa

IT GETS REAL!

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There are a few professions where you can fake it through an entire career and never be exposed as a fraud – whether career or volunteer, firefighting is NOT one of them. Sure, you might slide for a while, but sooner or later you’re going to ride the bull and there’s simply nowhere to hide when you do. So the message here is simple: Get serious, be dedicated, train like your life depends on it, train like the people you swore to protect lives depend on it, and prepare for the ride – or kindly walk your butt out the back door!

STAY FIRED UP, and grab the Bull Rope!

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NOT SO FAST!

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There is a lot of derisive talk these days about appropriate aggressive tactics and when to use them… or not to use them… and quite a few people are making a name for themselves preaching the extremes on both sides of the banter. “Believe and act the way I do or you’re a coward,” or “science and risk aversion is the only true way of the fire service!”  The pendulum swings to the extreme far right and left, and common sense is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately there is so much divisive chatter going on that it feels as if common sense is an ugly four-armed green-headed alien stepchild. The simple truth is the vast majority of firefighters and chief officers know the limitations of their manpower, training, and equipment to make the appropriate strategic calls regardless of all the Monday morning chiefs, keyboard warriors, and self-promoting mavens out there. Saves are being made and fires are being extinguished every single day around this country – all without the help of the experts.

Perhaps we should all just take a step back and heed the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka from the movie Stripes, “Lighten up, Francis!”

STAY FIRED UP!