What Inspires Me

I love being able to share my perspective on things through my artwork. There are so many things on a day-to-day basis that make me want to pick up a pencil and draw. Sometimes it is because I want to remember something, or it could be because I feel like I can bring a different outlook to a situation. And then there are plenty of times where I just want to tell a good joke.

I used to jot down my ideas in a notebook but it was hard to carry it around all the time. Then I started using the text-to-speech feature on my phone, so I could just dictate my ideas and have the phone capture it. Unfortunately, text-to-speech isn’t all that great at really figuring out what I am saying, so I lost a couple of ideas that way. So now I have a recorder app that I speak to and play it back later. I also have this blog to write stuff down in.

Lately, I feel like I am documenting things all the time. I’ll give you a few examples:

–my neighbors have a Siberian Husky. It’s a nice enough dog, but is hands down the dumbest dog I have ever met. He never has any idea of what’s going on, and the face he makes when he is so obviously confused is the best thing ever. I am laughing just thinking about it. I’ve got a whole series of strips drawn about a sort of hybrid man-dog that is totally inept at life. I keep finding new situations to put him in that are completely overwhelming. It’s great.

–my best friend’s train wreck of a relationship. This one started as a series of drawings that used, word-for-word, a fight that they’d had. When my friend saw the drawings, he realized how dumb the fight was, and supposedly how dumb she was as well. They broke up. Then they started dating again and I felt bad, so I drew them a happy ending. That went over well, but they broke up again because they bring out the absolute worst in each other. Anyway, so while they were broken up, I made another strip about all these great qualities he had in the hopes that it would give him a bit of an ego boost. Instead, he sent it to her and she took him back!

–my parents. For some reason, I drew this cartoon of something my mom likes to say, but with my mom saying it as a pitcher plant (albeit a talking one). I gave it to her in a frame for her birthday last year and my dad immediately got jealous. So then I had to draw him as a maple leaf and a quote of his trusty old dad sayings. Now I regularly draw both of them in strip form, having conversations based on real things they’ve said. They love it, although it hasn’t changed their opinion that I am wasting my life trying to be a cartoonist.

But my absolute favorite thing to draw right now is political cartoons. There is so much going on that I cannot even really believe. I want to document both the things that happen and my take on them because these things will have lasting repercussions. It is worth preserving memories of this political climate through the written word, images, and (best of all) cartoons!

What about you? What inspires you?