MR Herron (not to be confused with Mother Goose) is an author and commercial illustrator.
For 35 years, he’s lent his advertising skills to clients like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, several best-selling authors, and Delta Airline's magazine Fantastic Flyer. His experience runs the gamut from decorating Happy Meal boxes to outside-the-box children’s books. He also likes to keep his thumb on political and social issues. His political ‘toons’ are a feature of national radio talk show host Rusty Humphries, while his editorial illustrations enhanced the words of Rush Limbaugh in his infamous Limbaugh Letter for years.
I suppose it’s safe to say Herron’s quirky sense of humor evolved from his many Huck Finn-type adventures as a child growing up in Mississippi, to hitchhiking cross-country just to see which method of getting rides worked better, thumb or sign. In 1977, he moved to St. Thomas, where he was employed as first mate for a local charter captain. The daily voyages provided the perfect opportunity to collect odd stories from tourists and colorful seafaring yarns from local sailors. Eventually, Herron found himself in Hotlanta, where he took a job in an illustration sweatshop that catered to large national companies.
There he honed his skills, learning to emulate different artistic styles, as well as the harsh discipline of crunch deadlines and frequent all-nighters. On the side, he designed packaging for worldwide companies like Brainy Baby and created the lovable OrganWise Guys characters that teach kids good eating habits and how to live healthy lifestyles.
MR (Mark Robert, if you were wondering) moved to Cape Coral from Atlanta 5 years ago. He hit the ground running, wholeheartedly embracing our little community. His art was featured on the cover of CapeStyle Magazine for years, along with his “Guide to the Heart of Cape Coral” cartoon map! He donates his services to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, even creating a cartoon series “FurBalls,” while simultaneously developing “The Snowbirds,” a somewhat surreal look at those like himself who have migrated to our sunny shores and are ‘Living the Dream’ in this Floridian paradise.
He’s developing quite a local portfolio, including creating the character guide Shelly for the Shell Factory, along with an illustrated map of the Shell Factory grounds; a mascot for Marlin Roofing; logos for local business Precision Welding & Fabrication and restaurants Whiskey Creek and Sunset Grill; revamped the logos for the Oasis Charter Schools; and created a poster for the Roar Offshore boat race on Fort Myers Beach. MR is the illustrative and creative force behind Deputy Dogs, a partnership with Lee County Sheriff’s Office, including books, coloring books, posters, signs, and more.
Herron is looking for even more ways to bring smiles, and chuckles to folks. Like the big band leader Glen Miller, who sought “his sound,” Herron has developed more styles than Carter’s got little liver pills.
Whatever your imagination can conceive, MR Herron Studios is your one-stop-shop. Think of him as the Swiss Army knife of creativity, whose handy-dandy, pop-up gadgets include concept, writing, illustration and design. Whether you’re a full-blown ad agency, a corporation, small business, or a would-be author who needs a cover for your children’s book, keep MR Herron in your pocket!
JUST SOME OF THE BOOKS WRITTEN AND/OR ILLUSTRATED BY MR HERRON:
Louie The Lump, Self-Made Man
The Great Sandwich Maker & His Secret Recipe
America 101, Reminding us who we are…
The Snowbirds, Living the Dream
Deputy Chance Salutes the Watchdogs of Freedom
Deputy Chance On Patrol
Gunner, The Pup Destiny Tagged