Monday, November 10. 2014
Usually, as I work, I take notes of interesting or even (I hope) profound thoughts, to use here at this blog. They occur regularly; in fact the usual thing is that I think: Man! that's so interesting that I don't need to write it down, how could I ever forget that? Well, I haven't been writing all of them down, those that did get recorded aren't as exciting upon examination. Ho-hum, I think I've been putting in a lot of hours. Not necessarily a lot of pay, could be worse, but I pursued this weekend's work as a learning curve. The sign above was for an ad agency in another state. Man, what it's like working with someone in the know. The files they send are spot on, the communications are staccato rapid fire. It's just amazing how this modern technology can make things happen. And I'm not even abreast of the latest stuff. I still use a flip phone, to give you some idea.
The two images below that picture are variants of the one from the last post. I'm just guessing what the Russian one would say. Changing the text was fast and easy, that's the value of a vector file. The downside, at least in this case, is that it doesn't have the classic black and white hand drawn look of traditional political cartoons. So maybe I should stick with the classic look, and just make the words changeable.
To those not involved in graphic arts, this might be a bit mundane, but I think if made correctly, the medium can be effective. To me, the best I've ever done was the one about the Malaysian jet. I've thought about it, wondered why. Was it a consolidation of a time line, making the previous crashes more obvious? Yes, but in it's essence, it's a bold, graphic presentation of evidence intended to raise a question in the reader. Was this just? Was the wise? Was the beyond criminal negligence? I don't wish to glorify myself; a truly good cartoonist would consistently turn out good work. I guess that's what I striving toward.
Recently, I read that Russian youth seek to validate themselves with American culture. I thought man, that's misguided. I had a number of reactions I want to express as political cartoons; but if they're not striking, they won't be shared. There are reasons I focus on Russian affairs more than others. Much of the past couple years have been filled with injustices and blatant the shockingly undiplomatic "bored" incident. That, and my thoughts about moving to Russia. I know that it will likely be very difficult. The language is very different, the visa and immigration laws look to be written for 'normal' people; not self employed bumpkins that don't live in an apartment. The weather, man how does a redneck deal with it? Imagine trying to unroll an extension cord outside in the Russian winter: Krkk-Krkk-Krkk, I now own pieces of an extension cord. I only have a couple cases to go by, but it seems that if a newcomer to Russia doesn't love Russia, he'll soon be in the "when can I go home?" crowd. I could say more about one of those people, but later, I guess. So I fell in love with Russia. Easy to do, they aren't identity challenged. I'm aware of the negative things, but I have to focus on the rich parts of their history and culture. It might turn out that I'm like the young man who fell in love with a beautiful woman he can never have. They would probably rather that I make a gender swap in my analogy there, but give me a little break. Life's hard enough as it is.
Enough silliness! (I sound Russian, yes?) About all this propaganda warfare and counter warfare; one little question keeps coming back to mind:I always encounter articles and comments that try to smear Russia. They have the look of a paid troll. Given the fact that this government blatantly, overtly, in your face-ly makes a point of disregarding what Americans think, why then, do they go to such great lengths with the idea wars? About those wars, I think I should use cartoons to point out the dangers of American culture on the youths of the world, that includes American youth.
This has lead me to pull back and look at all my motives in the last year. I get so mindful of Nazis attacking Russian ethnic people in Ukraine that I overlook my own brothers in Christ being killed in the Mideast. I get caught up in the injustices of the moment, and forget that the solution for lost youth everywhere is the good news of Christ's atonement, that many of these youths need to know for certain that "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth". I even got a little more relaxed after this mid term election. Maybe people are finally getting fed up...maybe there's a delay in the crisis, etc. But that's some lame danger I start to embrace. The way I see it, the liberals have already shown their true colors; when The president acts all humble and takes the blame for the election results, forget it. He hates us, he has already shown it. Any gentle appearance is just an attempt to lessen the alienation of the voters to his party, which will nominate an even more toxic liberal next election.
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