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Ron Wheeler's Story

Ron's Mission Statement

To use cartoons as a communications vehicle for spreading God's truth.

Ron's Story - Click Here to Watch Video

As many of you know, I am a cartoonist by profession. I began drawing cartoons from the moment I could pick up a pencil. However, it wasn't until college that I started to become successful with it. While there, I drew a comic strip called "Ralph" for the school paper. Ralph was a hit with the students because I poked fun at a lot of things with which they could identify. People would tell me that there was a lot of truth in what I wrote. This led me on a long journey to pursue what truth really is, so I could then relate it through my comic strip.

Ron Wheeler Photo ImageI knew that there was a lot about life I hadn't learned yet. So, I thought that if I experienced all life had to offer, I would understand truth. This zeal for experiencing life enabled me to enjoy many things from mountain climbing to sky diving. I thought I had it all. After graduation, I landed a great job in a major corporation. I had a hot new sports car, and I even had more hair on my head. But there was a lot I was missing too. All that notoriety in college didn't carry over into the real world. I found that spending time trying to experience life wasn't gaining me friends, and I found inner contentment becoming more and more elusive. By this time, my thirst for adventure had led me into immoral areas where I didn't belong.

Fortunately, it wasn't long before I got fired from my job and my life fell apart. I say "fortunately" because if it hadn't, I might not have come to grips with the fact that there is a lot about life, such as inner peace, that I can't experience through my own strength. For the first time, I began to seek help in the church.

I was surprised to learn at church that the Bible had a lot to say to me personally. I learned that God had always loved me, but my pride and selfishness kept me from experiencing that love. I also learned that God already knew about my life of sin and sent His son, Jesus, to pay for my sins through His death. By inviting Christ into my life, I could freely come before the Lord and experience His love.

One night, this finally made sense to me. I was at the end of my rope and had no place else to turn. I had been trying to become a cartoonist in my own strength. My identity was wrapped around my abilities in this area. My pride was such that I actually thought I was a better person than others because I could draw cartoons. However, the more I tried to make it as a cartoonist, the more doors seemed to be slamming in my face. Finally, I let go of my desire to be a cartoonist. In fact, I let go of my very life itself. I just wanted to be right with God. So, I cried out to God and placed my total trust in Jesus.

The irony of all this is that the day after I accepted Christ, I got my first full-time job as a cartoonist and it was waiting for me for three months, right across the street from my apartment. After I gave my life to the Lord, He opened doors so I could be used where He wanted me. You see, He created me with the desire and the ability to be a cartoonist, and He wanted to fulfill His purposes through me. But He couldn't use me until He had me. Once He had me, the doors began flying open for me to be used drawing cartoons as a communication vehicle for spreading God's truths. Now, I am drawing cartoons that are published all over the world. I am fulfilled in that purpose. What is even more satisfying is that God has filled me with His peace for eternity. I had been searching for peace for so many years, (I actually thought true peace was an illusion) and now... I have it because of the personal loving relationship I have with God through Jesus Christ.

To see his work and contact Ron, visit CartoonWorks.com.

Ron Wheeler's Bio

Ron Wheeler has been writing and illustrating cartoons full time since 1980. His calling before the Lord is to create cartoons to be a communication vehicle for spreading God’s Truths.

He has had the privilege of creating a line of 70 different Gospel oriented cartoon tracts that have sold over 50 million copies. He has also had several Christian books and CDs of clip art and comic strips published. Most notable is a long running weekly comic strip that was published in a youth magazine for 20 years. Plus, Ron’s humorous illustrations can be frequently found in Sunday school curriculum, VBS materials, magazine articles, and book covers as well. He also enjoys illustrating children’s books for various Christian publishers and individuals. Plus, Ron has a line of his own published children’s books called “Stinky Stevens” he wrote and illustrated.

Ron has also ventured into self-publishing with a teaching series of How-to-Draw online videos, a collection of downloadable clip art, coloring books, single panel cartoons, puzzles … plus greeting cards, T-shirts, mugs, calendars, ball caps, etc. In addition, he is often a guest speaker on cartooning all over the world. In the summers Ron runs a Cartoon Camp in his home/studio to teach others about cartooning for Christ.

Ron and his wife Cindy have been married since 1984 and their three now grown children, Audrey, Byron, and Grace were home schooled from the beginning. Ron and Cindy both grew up in Nebraska where they both received their Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Nebraska. They met at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where they still attend, and have lived in the same neighborhood nearby for over two decades.

To see his work and contact Ron, visit CartoonWorks.com.

Video Series Overview

So You Want to Be a Cartoonist!

For the Budding Cartoonist (of any age):

Have you ever wanted to know How-to-Draw but didn’t know where to start? Do you have a creative itch inside of you but don’t know what to do with that yearning? “Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler is the perfect course for you. In this series of classes, Ron teaches all the basics of cartooning but he gives so much more. He will show you what it means to pursue your passion, whether it’s learning How-to-Draw or another creative interest. God has given each of us a set of unique gifts. It just sometimes takes a nudge from a course like this to bring them into fruition.

 

Features & Benefits

Information for Teachers/Parents:

Here is a valuable product created just for you that is a culmination of Ron’s 35-year cartooning career!

It’s his “Learn How to Draw” online video teaching series. In it Ron teaches the basics of drawing with the latest in technology. Your kids will learn how to create comic strips and children’s books. Ron shares all the secrets of what he learned about cartooning when he was growing up. But there’s more … and that is why this product will be of interest to you!

Ron doesn’t just teach cartooning. Ron shares his Christian life. He tells the miraculous story of how he became a full time cartoonist right after he placed his trust in Christ. He talks about the spiritual aspect of how he does what he does, and whom he does it for. This is for kids, yes, but it’s a video requirement for creative people of all ages.

“When you give your gifts and your life fully to the Lord, He will use them for His glory in ways you cannot imagine on a journey wilder than you could ever predict.” – Ron Wheeler

Cartoonworks has a special deal available for schools, churches, and ministries right now that will allow any and all of your students access to this teaching series, including as many downloadable sketchbook manuals you want to print. In addition, you will have access to all of Ron’s cartooning resources, including several thousand clipart images, his downloadable children’s readers, his 20 year collection of Christian comic strips, scores of Gospel oriented tracts, coloring pages … and much, much more.

 

Churches

For Churches, Church Schools, Church Libraries:*

Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler has plenty of resources that churches can use as an effective tool to round out their ministry arsenal. Here’s how it can be used for you.

  • In the church library, it can be used as a resource for those special creative parishioners who want to know how God can use their creative abilities for His purpose.
  • In preschool, daycare, Sunday School, and VBS classes, there are several resources that can be used to augment what you’re doing, such as drawing games, tracings, learning how to use modeling clay, etc. If you purchase the school/church package, there are several downloadable resources your church can use such as coloring pages, comic strip collections, and children’s books.
  • In the church office, the school/church package has several downloadable resources you can use such as clip art from the image vault and single panel cartoons for bulletins and newsletters. The downloadable Gospel tracts can be reproduced and used for neighborhood canvassing.
  • For adult Sunday school classes you may want to use the video of Ron’s story as an inspiring testimony. The ministry aspect of Ron’s work can also be used as a teaching tool.
  • The church school is the most practical place you can use this course. You can use it to help the individual creative student, to augment existing lessons, and as a stand-alone course. When you purchase the school/church package you will have nearly an unlimited supply of resources to augment what you’re able to teach with this course, plus a Sketchbook Manual for every student.

Schools

For Christian Schools:

Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler is the perfect program to have in your school arsenal.

  • It can be used individually for those unique, creative students who want to know how God can use their creative abilities for His purpose.
  • It can also be used in a classroom setting to augment what the teacher is already doing. For example, a high school English teacher may want to use the videos on how to create children’s books or comic strips to round out a unit on creative writing. Or an elementary teacher may want to use the teaching videos on drawing games or tracing to have something to keep her kids busy during recess when the weather is bad outside.
  • Or finally, the videos can be used as a stand-alone class from start to finish. You have the flexibility to make the unit as long or as short as you like. You can double up on the videos or you can spread things out. For example, you may want to spend extra time helping your children learn how to sculpt clay heads for modeling purposes, or spend extra time having students work on developing their own cartoon tracts. You have the flexibility to do that. These videos have plenty of information to get you started.
  • Then if you purchase the school package, you will have downloadable resources to help you customize the class any way you like. The image vault will give you more drawings the kids can trace. The Stinky Stevens books will give you examples of children’s books the kids can emulate. The coloring pages can keep the younger kids occupied. The cartoon tracts can be downloaded and reproduced as examples to hand out. The Sketchbook Manual can serve as a textbook or as a refresher course. And on and on. There’s no end to how you can use all these tools.

Home Schoolers

For the Home School Parent:

Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler is the perfect tool to round out your children’s home schooling experience. As a fellow home school parent himself, Ron knows what appeals to parents and children in home school settings. Ron developed this course with flexibility in mind. You can purchase individual video classes according to your interest, or you can purchase the entire course. You can follow the course from the beginning all the way through, or you can incorporate pieces into a curriculum you’ve already developed. You will find that Ron doesn’t just teach drawing skills, but he develops thinking skills and ministry skills, as what goes into making a successful cartoonist is more than what you do with a pencil and paper. Ron presents this course with a sense of purpose in mind. You will learn what it means to give your gifts fully to the Lord and let Him use them for His purpose.

Home School CO-OP's

For Home School Co-ops:

Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler is the perfect program to use in a home school co-op as a special creative unit study.

  • It can be used individually for those unique, creative students who want to know how God can use their creative abilities for His purpose.
  • It can also be used in a classroom setting to augment what the home school teacher is already doing. For example, for high school level students you may want to use the videos on how to create children’s books or comic strips to round out a unit on creative writing. Or at an elementary level you may want to use the teaching videos on drawing games or tracing to have something to keep the younger kids busy.
  • Or finally, the videos can be used as a stand-alone class from start to finish. You have the flexibility to make the unit as long or as short as you like. You can double up on the videos or you can spread things out. For example, you may want to spend extra time helping your children learn how to sculpt clay heads for modeling purposes, or spend extra time having students work on developing their own cartoon tracts. You have the flexibility to do that. These videos have plenty of information to get you started.
  • Then if you purchase the school package, you will have downloadable resources to help you customize the class any way you like. The image vault will give you more drawings the kids can trace. The Stinky Stevens books will give you examples of children’s books the kids can emulate. The coloring pages can keep the younger kids occupied. The cartoon tracts can be downloaded and reproduced as examples to hand out. The Sketchbook Manual can serve as a textbook or as a refresher course. And on and on. There’s no end to how you can use all these tools.

So You Want to be a Cartoonist

For the Budding Cartoonist (of any age):

Have you ever wanted to know How-to-Draw but didn’t know where to start? Do you have a creative itch inside of you but don’t know what to do with that yearning? “Learn How-to-Draw” by Cartoonworks.com illustrator Ron Wheeler is the perfect course for you. In this series of classes, Ron teaches all the basics of cartooning but he gives so much more. He will show you what it means to pursue your passion, whether it’s learning How-to-Draw or another creative interest. God has given each of us a set of unique gifts. It just sometimes takes a nudge from a course like this to bring them into fruition.

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