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Robert Stogsdill "Stoggy"
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My earliest memory is drawing on the wall of my parents house in Austin, Texas, 1947. So, my mother gave me a green drawing table, I guess that was the beginning of my art quest, or mis-adventure. Then, as a young man I completed a Famous Artists Cartoon course, after three years of that I still didn't have any talent.

I wasn't allowed to take any art in high school in Texas because I was skipped ahead a year in California. But the last school year I was lucky to be in a high school in Virginia, they allowed me to take three art periods, one regular, one at lunch, and one at break time. One of my paintings was voted to be placed kept and displayed. It was the second painting I ever…

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About

Robert Stogsdill "Stoggy"
ARTIST AUTOBIOGRAPHY

(Please click on "Read more " below to get the whole picture)

My earliest memory is drawing on the wall of my parents house in Austin, Texas, 1947. So, my mother gave me a green drawing table, I guess that was the beginning of my art quest, or mis-adventure. Then, as a young man I completed a Famous Artists Cartoon course, after three years of that I still didn't have any talent.

I wasn't allowed to take any art in high school in Texas because I was skipped ahead a year in California. But the last school year I was lucky to be in a high school in Virginia, they allowed me to take three art periods, one regular, one at lunch, and one at break time. One of my paintings was voted to be placed kept and displayed. It was the second painting I ever tried to paint. I still had no real talent.

Then majored in art in Arlington State College, had no real talent but the school wanted to keep all my paintings, I took them all home, was escorted off campus by the security guard, and I did sell one of them to my next door roomie, George W. Bush. He never did finish paying for it, said all he had was credit cards for Neimans.

Then I got lucky and landed a commercial art job with the Newbern Co. in Arlington. I had no talent for that either, and had to teach myself . My boss had a little cartoon book called Sex To Sexty, he made me draw for it whenever I had free time. I could not draw pretty girls, so I just made fun of it. That's how I crafted my "style".

After several years, and my boss dieing, I hit the road and became a hippy, and proud of it. Drew underground cartoons for "Dallas Notes, had my stuff reprinted all over the country, drew one cartoon that overturned the obscenity law, its currently in a cartoon museum in Austin, don't really know what the name is.

That was about forty or so years ago, now I am rising from the ashes and beginning to draw again. Making more of those zany cartoons, and have a couple of other cartoon projects in the making.

And I still have no talent for it......

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