The anatomy of my funny doodles
Every time there’s a negative life-changing event in the world – be that a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a political campaign, a controversy – there will be a string of cartoons supporting and showing solidarity for the said reason. Doing that makes us (I mean doodlers and cartoonists) a part of a bigger fraternity from around the world. When Charlie Hebdo happened, I doodled a tiny toon in solidarity, standing by the incident. I have been doodling on my page for over a year, and here’s why I would never do that again.
As a kid, I grew up on a healthy, albeit contradicting diet of Archie Comics, Tinkle digest and MAD magazine. an American humour magazine that focused on satirical pieces that influenced popular culture, politics, influential people and more. The toons were funny but it didn’t quite get my attention in a positive way. It actually made me feel more sad. At that age, you want to “do something about it”. But then as you grow older, you get cynical about things and more often than ever, you just want to be done with your day, and not outrage at every goddamn thing that happens in the world. It’s what becomes of a generation that has been brought up on the Internet. And I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong in exploring your hedonistic side.
Now the reasons why my doodles will never be serious:
MAKE ART FOR YOURSELF
I started my doodling page to get over troubles in my personal life. As cliche as it sounds, doodling helped me chart out a parallel universe where everything was funny and nothing bad was happening. Because I religiously doodled every day, I was not just able to block out one side of the trouble, but I was also able to perceive myself and my personal goals clearly. While doodling most of my worries away, I indulged in the absolute selflessness of creating art for yourself. It is oddly satisfying to do something just for yourself.
THERE IS ENOUGH NEGATIVITY
There’s already A LOT of negative content out there – in the world, on the internet, in the news. I would much rather indulge in harmless humour, than take part in arguments on the internet. When you’re scrolling down your feed, you are bound to come across douchebags with opinions, and VERY strong opinions. I feel it’s easier for me to ignore and walk, than take part in a conversation where I may have to lower myself to a level that isn’t worthy of me. I would much rather make doodles that make some laugh, than start up a redundant dialogue that doesn’t end up anywhere.
FYI, there’s a difference between actual conversations and conversation on social media.
PUNS ARE ALWAYS A CHALLENGE
Puns will always be my number one challenge. I believe if you can create puns just like that with cartoons, images, doodles – then you have an active imagination. You also want to slap the person who makes these jokes, but come on – it made you laugh!😀
FOCUS ON FUNNIES
When I focus on something funny, rather than something controversial it makes me realise that I can stretch my imagination to any length. Anything can be funny. Even regular objects can have a funny face on it. A building can turn into a funny looking object. Every little object in the world can be turned into humour and that’exactly what I am doing. Intangible concepts like a weekend, a conscience, mind voices etc can ACTUALLY be doodled. That’s a lot of power.
I think these four points are the main reasons why I always focus on the funny, and never make my doodles serious. On the flipside, I have utmost respect for cartoonists who draw for a cause, like wildlife cartoonists, or artists who promote good body image, positive messages, gender equality etc. I think looking at those cartoons makes your inner-self feel good, or you’re able to relate with it. Assosiation with cartoons makes people feel good. Whether that’s the Monday blues, or the exhilaration of a Friday.
A day after I (and a tonne of other cartoonists) made a doodle for Charlie Hebdo, everything was forgotten. The French colours from the display pictures had faded, and all the charlie hebdo toons were forgotten. The incident was forgotten. The terror was forgotten. And I lost a little bit of faith in toons that stood for solidarity against negative events.
So, make art for yourself. Make personal art. Make funny art. Make motivational art. Make art available. Make art for everything that stands positive. I am sure there’s someone who needs it.