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 a 25-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. See more work at: www.artstudioseven.com


Drawn by Fire flashback from 2010.

I’ll be the first to admit that I can suck down a tank of air quickly, but I never stopped trying to improve my performance and endurance so I wouldn’t be the first bell ringing!

Never stop moving forward!

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NEW Fire Engineering Magazine cartoon for January.

Never be ashamed or discouraged to show your passion for the greatest calling known to man. Get excited when new nozzles arrive, and get even more excited to train and use them in structure fires. Know that it’s a privilege to put on that badge every morning. Feel the responsibility and pride of an engineer, because literally everything rides on you. Aspire to earn trust and respect as a leader.

As the late Hyannis Captain Tom Kenney would say, “It’s okay to love the job!”

STAY FIRED UP and show your passion!


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New series of vintage fire apparatus illustrations!

During my 28 years in the fire service my favorite job was, and still is, driving the apparatus. It’s what drew me into the fire service and I couldn’t wait to sit in the left front seat. I loved being a back-step firefighter and eventually an officer, but nothing compares to my time as a chauffeur. Like you, I just LOVE fire trucks!

So, naturally it would become a new passion of mine as an artist. I welcome you to check out the current fleet here – SO EXCITED!

As always, thank you for your support of my work!

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New Fire Engineering cartoon: Tough Cut Solution.

Firefighters find a way to solve any problem. This is not an office profession where you can simply push the paper to the next person in line to fix an issue—to pass the buck. It’s you, it’s your crew, and whatever needs solved—it’s as simple as that—and we love it! My wife often comments that I create problems just to solve them, and I’m sure that’s an honest assessment that could be pinned to most firefighters. And our ability to solve a problem is only limited by our creativity and the tools and talent at hand. We strive in moments of stress not just because we’ve been trained to do so, but by some primal need that craves the challenge. From the trivial to life/death situations, we find a way to fix it… always!

STAY FIRED UP, and keep your passion for challenges—it’s what makes us special.

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

If there’s one thing firefighters and EMT/Paramedics can be assured of, is we will see the craziest and strangest things mankind can throw our way. It’s a delicate balance between keeping our sincere empathy for our patients and hardening our minds for what mania may happen on every shift or pager call. It can be daunting, and strangely calming at times.

STAY FIRED UP, and stay safe out there!


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