Lamb On A Mission - Artist Inspires Kids To Spread Love and Fleece

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Through his lovable cartoon character, Lamby, artist D. Byron Patterson uses new media to entertain and inspire children and parents alike.

Lamby may be a sassy character for kids, but he also embodies the potential in us all - that we can live a happy, meaningful life if we choose to be our authentic selves.

Spreading the happy and not the cranky has become Tarpon Springs artist D. Byron Patterson’s mission. Through his lovable cartoon character, Lamby, he has spent 3 years making children (and their parents) laugh with whimsical songs, drawings, poems, short stories and parodies that he posts for free on his website (http://www.lambpants.com) and Facebook Fan Page.

Lamby is a disabled cartoon lamb who wears cuffed blue pants and a bottle-cap eye patch, covering what was eaten by the family dog on a very unhappy day. But his disability has not taken away his steadfast heart and bold spirit, and even contributes to the sassiness that makes this lamb so special and loved.

"Building a world from the ground up through storytelling, music, sound, and simple imagery is controlled chaos," Patterson says with a laugh. "Lamby may be a sassy character for kids, but he also embodies the potential in us all - that we can live a happy, meaningful life if we choose to be our authentic selves."

By giving freely of his time to create Lamby’s magical world, he hopes to inspire children to do the same. Whether it is giving through time, talents, or actions, Patterson hopes his example will serve as a catalyst to spark a child’s inner creativity.

"I believe that living a happy life can begin only after you first learn to laugh at your flaws and imperfections and truly accept yourself as you are," says Patterson. "Through bold self-acceptance, we have the ability to embrace the stuff that makes us all human. That kind of awareness leads to self-confidence and integrity, two sources of strength that can aid private and public discoveries."

With Patterson’s fan base growing, he recently self-published several of his stories that he sells online through Lulu.com. Using some of those proceeds, he has been able to expand his workspace to a small office in historic downtown Tarpon Springs, home of his company Lambpants Media. In addition, his work allows him to contribute to some of his favorite charities, including Ronald McDonald House and the American Diabetes Association, taking the concept of “spreading the happy” to a whole new level.

"Life is tough to manage without having the right tools—for mind, body, heart and spirit," Patterson adds. "While Lamby, on the surface, appears to be just another cartoon, I believe he is imbued with a positive contagious spirit of 'can-do' energy. He is fearless and imperfect and still retains his sense of wonder and innocence. Through his bold honesty about himself and his role, he brings magic into his world and shares it with those around him."

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About D. Byron Patterson
D. Byron Patterson grew up in the Charlestown Lowcountry and graduated from Coker College in 1993 with BAs in Theater and Graphic Design. When he is not lending his voice, design and writing skills to creating Lamby’s whimsical world, he spends his days working as a web designer for a nutritional supplement company in Palm Harbor. Patterson’s books are available for purchase at http://stores.lulu.com/lamby.

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