recently received this e-mail from Marco, a school teacher in
Riverside County. It really made my day, so I wanted to share
I am a seventh grade art teacher and illustrator and wanted to
let you know that your work has inspired a whole new generation
of artists. I approach teaching with an attitude of kids will
learn only if they're interested. It's really hard to get 12-13
year old "at risk" kids interested in DaVinci or Monet,
but show them a Daisy Kutter pin-up and use that to explain composition
and they're hooked. It's very difficult to find comics that are
age appropriate nowadays (i can't believe i just said that) but
its nice to know that there are others out there who know that
good storytelling and characters whom people of any age can relate
to are what our medium is all about.
I also wanted to mention the flight forum, the work on there
is great and the feedback is always beneficial to anyone reading.
I hope to have a site up soon, so i can begin posting some of
my comics, until then i'll just enjoy being inspired by others
on the site.
Keep up the good work!
for the kind words, Marco. Letters like this make me think a lot...
I wonder whether I ever should have moved past my cartooning,
into something more "serious", something that might
have garnered more attention from the fine arts crowd, or the
scholars, or the established artists of our time and from years
back. Maybe I could increase my perceived value should I start
doing landscape paintings and portraiture. I love the work of
John Singer Sargent, of Van Gogh, of DaVinci and Monet. And then
I begin thinking about what other people think is the good stuff,
I think about what everyone else wants to see, what anyone else
thinks is acceptable, what everyone thinks is cool. What makes
you a "real" artist? What makes you an "artist"?
then I start thinking about all the stuff that I think is neat,
all the things I loved when I was little, and after that I'm usually
too busy drawing I don't have time to think anymore...