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Julian Ritter often sketched cartoons to convey his feelings. He would do many cartoons while in the US Army, both for other soldiers and as an illustrator for the regimental newsletter. He also cartooned for the USO posters he was asked to create.

Julian often felt is easier to convey his feelings in a cartoon that in words so people would receive a cartoon instead of a letter. He sent out a yearly holiday card which was always a caricature. He would sketch a cartoon for the children of visiting friends.

Cartooning was such a part of Julian's art that he once described his painting style to his son, Michael, as "realism mixed with cartooning. I am the only artist doing this!"