Anonym fragte: I thought John K. is one of your influences?
No. When, then is Bob Camp an influence, because he was the real main guy during the Ren and Stimpy time in the art department. And no, I watched Ren and Stimpy first time in like 2010, when I was finally able to get a Nickelodeon channel in Germany.
I can’t deny that it also influenced me, but during that time there was also stuff like Samurai Jack, Foster’s Home for Imagenary Friends and Avatar on the Screen, so it was not the main focus.
And its really the schtick of uninformed people to compare everything they define as cartoon with John K.
Wonder when people will finally get used to compare everything with Spongebob that appears cartoony… that would at least be a kind of change.
Anonym fragte: Do U think 'Cartoon' is real art?
Yes. Every craft can be art when the people who work on it understand what it is about, put their love into it and reach a special level of quality. The word ‘quality’ is here a very vague word to describe the goal of the art style, but in general it’s the balance between creativity, perfection, fun and functionality (or even more).
But that is also the adventure for each artist and should be the main motivation; to discover what his ‘theory’ of quality is.
The main prob ‘cartoon’ art has to face right now is, that people see in it an ‘easy’ art form that uncrafted people use to avoid other art forms. Or that it is only supposed for kids.
It’s the complete opposite… Cartoon is one of the hardest styles, since you need to break your knowledge of realism. People just run around and think its a lower art form and they can master it in less than a week.
All I can say to that is, that I met artists who are trained in realistic arts or different directions and had to learn ‘cartoon’ from scratch too. Since they had no clue what ‘getting loose’ or ‘stretching reality without getting rid of principles’ means, they had a hard time to adapt. Cartoon has its own rules, goals and difficulties you need to get mastered. And just because you can draw a realistic human does not mean you can draw a good cartoon style (and also not realistic when you can draw good cartoon).
To be honest the worst cartoon styles came from people who never drew in cartoon style and only drew realistic. Every craft must get learned and should be respected the same way.
I am a horrible realistic style drawer, but that does not mean I hate the style because of it. But I prefer cartoon. But I should learn realism a bit more. I will benefit from it too.
To be real here; I learned a lot when I did cooperate design, typography, layout, life drawings and fotography.
The main goal is to train your eyes, tastes and hand-eye coordination. And here it does not matter where you perfect it and where you get more knowledge from. Hell, maybe cooking or carpenting could help making me to a better cartoonist.
When artist would see that all styles have something they can learn from and would exchange knowledge and respect each other, it would be a lot more fun. But acting like your style is the only exclusive one and the goal each artist should do… then we have celebrated a wrong message in the art scene over the decades and its a sad development when it’s just about competition.
So, I wrote a lot shit here again. Have fun with it.