This week I have shifted my focus from traditional fine art to comics and cartooning. I realize cartooning and comics is something that has always been with me even before I decided to take my first painting classes at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago when I was 12 years old. At this stage of my life comics feel more natural for me to make than pieces of fine art.
For me, making fine art pieces feels more spontaneous and doesn’t show up in a way that is easy to replicate. For example; after the recent elections I painted a map of the United States. It was a painting with a textured background. It was made to show how battered and disappointed I felt after the elections were over. I imagined my painting represented how a lot of Americans felt after the election. I was so happy with that painting! I wanted to do another painting just like that one. I followed the same process prepping my canvas and mixing paint, but the same emotion and energy wasn’t there. I felt that way about my other fine art pieces too. The emotion or the feeling for that piece was just for that piece. I decided I like making something I can come back to and put in different scenarios, and I know I can do that more readily with comics.
Comics give me the chance to tell an evolving story. I can draw a simple comic with a full range of emotion. I can draw myself happy, sad, doubtful, and the list goes on. The worlds I create can continue indefinitely. I can draw my characters on the moon or in a cave. I feel more flexibility in the comics medium than I do for traditional fine arts right now.
Does that mean I am going to put up my brushes? Does that mean that I won’t buy anymore canvases or go to hoity toity art shows? The answer is no! I still value all my fine art training and painting skills because I still need them to make comics. It does mean my approach to my artwork and the way I deliver my message will be different. I look forward to posting more of my comic art as I go into the new year.
Edited by Brother Gator