There is too much cynicism and making fun of everything to the point one can get confused about what’s important so it’s time I got cheesy on your ass:
Not once but twice i was asked to draw something for a freelance job and didn’t get paid. I was furious at first but then i came across an interview where Neil Gaiman (one of my favorite people in the planet) told a story about when he was starting as a writer, and he made a very simple argument for doing what you love.
I don’t remember the story but the lesson I got from that is if you decide to make a living doing what you love, something you enjoy, if you get paid you have the enjoyable experience of creating the work and as a bonus some cash. If you feel like doing something just for the money, if you don’t get the money, you have nothing.
Which brings me to today’s cartoon as cheesy as it is, as an Artist I am learning more and more to fall in love with the process and as a guy who is vaguely interested in spirituality, mindfulness, buddhism, I see the pointlessness of depending purely on results after results. Of course if you work for a company you are expected to pull in results but in ART it’s all about the way you felt when you create and if you are honest the person enjoying your art will feel it as well.
As much as I hate explaining cartoons I feel even worse when I think about the amount of water I consume as a single person and the amount of trash I create. I live in Bangkok, Thailand. As a single guy who lives on a teacher’s salary who is trying to make a living from his art I am a regular customer at Seven Eleven shops, first they are everywhere and second they are open 24/7 so as an artist who has his best ideas at night I often buy the products I consume there.
The reason I talked about Seven Eleven is because here in Thailand the clerks tend to give you plastic bag even for the smallest items. I am planning on buying a reusable cloth bag and if I can’t find one which is the correct size I’ll probably make one for myself and give some to people I know and to strangers on the street to reduce the usage of plastic bags. What do you people think?
I can’t solve as the problem of trash in the world as an individual but I can start the conversations, and focus on small things. Like for example I used to use paper tissues but now I bought cloth handkerchiefs (why don’t we say Handkerchieves? Anyway) which I wash and reuse, not only do I save money I use less paper now.
Not only are we being watched, but I hate when my phone or my computer assumes something about me. Just because I saw one video about a stand up comedian argue with a feminist doesn’t mean that I am into that kind of stuff. I am just a comedy nerd, and I like following what comedians do, I truly believe they are the intellectuals of our time, at least the good ones. Alan Moore in one of his interviews even said Stand up comedians might be the secret legislators or our society. People seem to agree more with comedians than with politicians.
OK I have to make a point, I have to make a point…
Hey everyone, I’m a guy who wants to share his ideas through his cartoons in the hope of having engaging conversations which can either change people or result in me learning something new. So here’s to CHANGE !
As an artist fan of other artists I always love when people share their process for creating something. Which is what I’ll be doing with my daily cartoons as long as I can, I hope you won’t fall asleep on the way.
I’ve always felt comfortable around people who are as weird as me and I feel awkward around people who are normal. Now who are these weird people? And most importantly where are these people?