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Exceptional Illustrations of Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

Posted By: Margie Babon

Written By: Margie Babon and Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

 

First aid for peace_ Kragujevac'17_ Grand Prix

First aid for peace_ Kragujevac 2017_ Grand Prix

 

To discover your own talent takes time, patience, risk, effort and money. It also requires bravery, honesty and courage to know your own potential where you’re good at. Yet there are people that are truly lucky born with natural skills and talent that at the very young age they know what they want and are already in the clear path of who they are. Like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart, our featured illustrator from Poland is truly has exceptional talent ever since she was a kid. Consider them as fortunate that at young age they have precision of what to pursue yet the inspiration they are giving to others is not from the innate talent but the discipline, hard work, motivations and persistence they carry focusing and staying in their chosen field in their entire lifetime.

It is such a privilege that we are given this opportunity to have a look at the brilliant talent and illustrations of Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek who grew up as young illustrator helping her parents to edit and redraw the illustrations for the children’s book.

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We discover Izabela when she participates in The Power of Your Brain cartoon submission last September 2017.  While looking at her work,  Izabela has her own distinctive style, elegance and sophistication aside that each masterpiece has a story of its own. And her own technique and manner of composing the drawing makes her a success and truly deserving to win grand prize in the various international competitions.

Art of cavemen_ Solin'16_ Grand Prix

Art of cavemen_ Solin 2016_ Grand Prix

 

New tradition_ Sicaco'15_ Gold Prize

New tradition_ Sicaco 2015_ Gold Prize

 

Defender_ Olive'14_  1 prize

Defender_ Olive 2014_ 1st prize

Thank you so much Izabela for your long patience and for sharing your time!

To the readers, enjoy her stunning artwork, delve into her own magical world that seems like you’re watching a Pixar movie! And take note on her priceless wisdom that is applicable not only to the illustrators  but to all walks in life.

Enjoy!

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  •  When you are a child, do you dream to become a cartoonist or illustrator?

I was born “with a pencil in my hand”. My parents were graphic designers, so I grew up in dye tubes, drawings and paper piles and my favorite activity was to “correct” the illustrations in children’s books. To protect the home library, parents bought a huge blackboard for me and my brother. At elementary and middle school I won several awards in art competitions, which affected my future plans. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and winning the contest for illustrations, I started an adventure with a book.

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  • How many years you are working or pursuing the hobby as illustrator and cartoonist?

For 37 years I have illustrated books for children. Four years ago I decided to test my capabilities in another area of art, I chose satirical drawing. That is how I discovered my new passion.

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  • As illustrator, what is the challenge of staying in the hobby, skills and talent and how do you improve it?

 In receiving a lot of purchase on my children’s book, it helps me to improve my work. I do not want to disappoint small readers which are the children so I always try my best. Positive response from others is the best incentive to continue working and through practice by training my hand and brain is the best way to improve my talent.

 

Safe light_ Portocartoon '15_  2 prize

Safe light_ Portocartoon 2015_ 2nd prize

 

  • Share some of your motivations on pursuing being an illustrator and staying in the field. How do you motivate yourself to draw and not giving up to make people happy thru’ your work?

 Painting and drawing fulfill my dreams that I can create my own world. I am grateful to share what I create especially to children. And I am thankful that there are other avenues to share my creation like cartoon contest and satirical that even without written words describing the work, the drawing itself is a discussion…the drawing itself has its own conversation, has its own dialogue depending on how the viewer convey the message. And to see the works of other artist which have different approach that evolves from one idea and theme, I find it extremely interesting! By participating in cartoon contest, I have a chance to present my visions on a wider forum. It is addictive and gives me happiness.

 

Winner_ Tuba Satyrica'13_ Grand Prix

Winner_ Tuba Satyrica 2013_ Grand Prix

 

Family life_ Satyrykon'16_ Special Prize

Family life_ Satyrykon 2016_ Special Prize

 

Crow & fox_ Smiling cat '14_ Honorable Mention

Crow & fox_ Smiling cat  2014_ Honorable Mention

 

 

  • Any principles in life you follow as illustrator?

Never leave the level without improvement and keep trying to do your best – it is my motto that I lead in every field of life and art.

 

Time of memories_ Olense  Kartoenale'15_ 4 prize

Time of memories_ Olense Kartoenale 2015_ 4th prize

 

Favorite_ Animal cartoon'16_ 1prize

Favorite_ Animal cartoon 2016_ 1st prize

 

 

  • What is the most unforgettable challenge in your life as illustrator, the most unforgettable experience and what it has taught you.

My first children’s book was the biggest challenge and great hope. But unfortunately during the printing, it come out to the biggest disappointment that half of the details disappeared in the blackened print. In addition, the original illustrations have also disappeared. I learned that you need to watch every phase of publication that the role of the illustrator never ends upon finishing the whole drawing.

 

10 il._ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

 

  •  Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

Watch the creativity of the best artists, but do not imitate anyone. Listening to yourself does not lose your individuality. In my opinion this is the most important in art.

 

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Whole life with rock & roll, Croatia 2016

 

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Camouflage, Croatia 2017

 

 

  •  Any future plan as illustrator.

I have many plans and desires related to illustrations. In the near future I plan to participate in several cartoon contests.

 

2 il._ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

 

 Meet Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

Born in 1955 in Torun and graduated at Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek pursues book illustrations for children, cartoons, graphic, painting and drawing. Participated in individual and group exhibitions of graphics, painting and illustration in Poland and abroad. Her work received international awards like the competition “Olive” where she got the Grand Prix in 2014.

 

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Izabela with her cat Amelka

 

World Humor Awards_ Italy'17

World Humor Awards_ Italy, 2017

 

My exhibition of ilustr. & cartoons _Toruń'16

Izabela’s exhibition of illustration & cartoons _Toruń, 2016

 

 

“Listening to yourself does not lose your individuality. In my opinion this is the most important in art.” – Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

 

See more of her amazing work in her website portfolio  and google plus.

e-mail:  bajkowiec@gmail.com      website: bajkowiec.blogspot.com

 

 

“Seriously Caricature” by‘Ferreol’ Murillo Fuentes

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

 

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 One of the cartoon contributors for Earth Day 2014 is Murillo Fuentes or Ferreol (for short) who is our featured illustrator for this month of June. Even before his earlier submission in 2014, his works convey community issues or world related issues.  Today, Ferreol will share more of his portfolio and his guiding principles on how to stay in your craft. Some of his work can draw emotion by just looking at a single drawing, it can tell the whole story.

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1. How many years you are working or pursuing the hobby as illustrator/artist

When I entered the University I wanted to study drawing and painting,then in 1976 I decided to study graphic design.In 1978I started working on animated commercials, my teachers were cartoonists, they sparked my passion for caricature.

 

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2. As creative illustrator, what is the challenge of staying on the hobby, skills and talent and how you improve it?

First you must be an artist, and then you must have passion and love for cartoons. After that,  time will make the rest.

 

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3. Share some of your motivations why you keep going to pursue being an illustrator? How do you motivate yourself to draw and make people happy thru’ your works?

I enjoy drawing, my participation in an international competitions and achievements are my motivation. It gives sense to my life.

 

 

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4. Why do you think humor is important in cartoons?

The joke in a drawing is different from the traditional drawing. The public likes graphic humor because cartoon is a joke and while criticism is satiric.

 

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5. Any principles in life you follow as an illustrator?

Discipline and passion is very important in pursuing drawing and caricature. I am a perfectionist.

 

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6. Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

I like to motivate to those who start and show talent and interest. I tell them that practice make the masters.

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7. Any future plan and upcoming events.

I still want to participate in domestic and international contests for the rest of my life. After my retirement I plan to write a picture book about my life as a cartoonist and illustrator.

 

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About Murillo “Ferreol” Fuentes

ferri sin texBorn in 1956 in Costa Rica, Ferreol  studied graphic designing and illustrations at the University of Costa Rica. He is a founding member of “La Pluma Sinriente” humor group (1980-1987) and “La Zarigueya” Cartoons Association (1988-2014). His cartoons have been published in “La Nación” newspaper and  other magazines since 1983.

Ferreol participated in international Cartoon Contest in Germany, Suitzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Polonia, Bulgaria, U.S.A. Israel, Serbia, Colombia, Portugal, Ucrania, Romania, Turkey, China, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia and Japan.

His work has been awarded in Germany 89-91-92/ – Switzerland 96/ – Japan 03 / -  Israel 04 ,06. – Serbia 06/    –

China 06 , 07 / – Turkey 07 / Macedonia 08 /    Brazil  08/ Nepal  08/ Italy 10 / Cuba, Argentina Romania 11 / Korea 12 / México 13, Brazil 13 / Colombia 14.

Check out his website   to see more inspiring work: http://mortales-ferrom.blogspot.com/

 

Children’s Book Illustrator Liviu Stanila

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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One of the participants in the recent the International Call for Submission “Full of Love” is from Deva, Romania and  the first featured cartoonist for 2015. I am so excited to share to you his words of wisdom aside from his brilliant illustrations and portfolio of works.

Meet Liviu Stanila, children’s book illustrator who has a lot of dreams and consistently achieving what he wants. Learn from his craft on how he motivates himself and what is his principle in achieving success.

 

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 1.  As a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, how do you motivate yourself to stay with what you are doing? What is the challenge    of staying with your hobby, skills and talent and how do you improve it?

If you have ever seen a child taking in his hands one of your books and a sudden smile enlighten his little face, you got your motivation to do it again and again and again…

 The greatest challenge of all is the feeling that time is shrinking irreparably.

 

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2.  Share a short story on how did you find your niche of getting into children’s book illustrator?

1993 is the year that my son was born but it was also the time when a friend of mine from the cartooning field put the basement of anew children book publishing house.

So my friend becomes my first client and I found a place to go for my skills and talent and we grow together.

 

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3.  Any principles you follow in life that you put up to yourself as illustrator?

I never draw things that I do not believe in it, fortunately, I believe in fairy tales and bed time stories.

 

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4.  Considering you’ve been working  for how many years working in creating children’s book, have you found your greatest purpose in life as illustrator?

I think my greatest purpose in life is being the father of my son and a member of my family, but I’m not ashamed to recognize that I am also proud being part of the great family of cartoonists and illustrators of the world.

 

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5.  Share some tips for amateur illustrator out there who has an ambition to become children’s book author.

Be your own self, don’t try to copy success, it is not possible and it looks bad.

 

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6.  Any future plan and upcoming events?

I am planning to draw something for my grandson or my granddaughter, when the time is right. But now I am busy organizing this year edition of Humor DEVA INTERNATIONAL CARTOON CONTEST,together with my friend Horia CRISAN, you can find details on www.BESTCARTOONS.NET

 

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See more works of Stanila Liviu at Full of Love International Call for Submission 2015 

 

 

About Liviu Stanila

portrait196Liviu Stanila was from Deva, Romania and born on February 3, 1962 and a cartoonist and illustrator since 1986. He has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and 2 Humor books. His works has been exhibited in more than 40 countries including Japan, Australia, Denmark and USA.  He received cartoons awards in Belgium,Brasil,China,Israel, Japan, Korea, Romania, Serbia,Slovakia and Taiwan.

 

Currently, Liviu is a co-organizer Humor DEVA International Cartoon Contest.

To get in touch with Liviu or if you need illustrator for your book,  send email or query to stanilaliviu@yahoo.com.

 

 

‘Conveying Issues’ -The Cartoons of Waldez Duarte

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Another participant from Earth Day collection of cartoons is a cartoonist from Brasil.

His cartoons have different style and convey important messages rather than entertaining.

Get inspired from the beautiful works of Waldez Duarte.

 

1. How old are you working or seeking the hobby as an illustrator / artist?

 20 years working professionally, 14 years as daily publishing cartoons on ”Amazon Journal” 

 

2. As an illustrator, what is the challenge of staying in the hobby, skills and talents and how to improve it?
Having a dedication in my profession at an early age, the challenge is try to improve myself every day observing works of great masters of humorous drawing. 

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3. Share some of your motivations why you keep going to get to be an illustrator?

 Publishing cartoons daily is not an easy task.  I try to approach each issue of each drawing to let the reader identify the opinion of the critical issue. 

 

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Waldez Duarte_entry 1_Brazil

 

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Waldez Duarte_entry 2_Brazil

 

 

4. Any principles in life that you do as an illustrator? 

As a dedicated illustrator, be well-informed about the major issues including famous people in the world

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5. Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has the ambition to produce the best cartoons.
Search for inspirations of the great master’s work and that inspiration will be your basis to create your own masterpiece.

 

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6. Share some of your future plan as an illustrator.
To continue participating in both national and international competitions are the best way to keep you working and show your profile to the public aside from competition jury.

 

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About Waldez Duarte

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Waldez Duarte is a cartoonist from Brazil born in 1972. His works received awards from national and international competitions, the latest first place was from the 10th Salao Nacional de Humor-Brasil.  He also garnered major prize in International Political Competition in London in 2006 receiving 3rd prize.

To get in touch with cartoonns of  Waldez Duarte, you can send email at waldezduarte@gmail.com.

 

 

A Different Kind of Humor from Sergey Sokolov

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Featured illustrator for the month of September is Sergey Sokolov from Russia. Sergey is one of the participants for the Earth and Me earth day celebration  and with all his best and humility, he finally agree to post his work and share his life with us.

 

Thank you Sergey for your time, effort and for inspiring us about your background as illustrator. All the best to your future endeavor!

 

 

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1.   How many years you are working or pursuing the hobby as illustrator/artist?

More than 15 years.

 

2.   As an illustrator, what is the challenge of staying in your hobby?

     To draw more and keep practicing everyday is the challenge especially  if the main subject is the changing environment, I need to  change the figures to convey the overall message.

 

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Sergey’s cartoon participation on Earth Day- “Earth and Me” 2014.

 

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3.   Share some of your motivations as an illustrator?

When my viewer feels good about my work and it makes them smile, it is a motivation for me to continue my creativity.

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4.   Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

     Criticism promotes progress in creativity which is stronger than flattery.

 

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5.   Share some of your future plan as illustrator.

Currently, I keep involving myself in different joint projects which are a good practice to stay with my hobby.

 

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About Sergey Sokolov

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Sergey Sokolov started to make cartoon in 1989 and a member of Snezhinsk Cartoonist Club “Kljukva” (cranberry). His cartoons were published in different central and regional newspaper and magazines including Moscow Komsomolets, Chayan and others. For the past 16 years, he has worked as a staff artist in Snezhinsk newspaper “okno.” Sergey Sokolove was born in Snezhinsk, Russia and held different Russian federal and regional cartoons competitions and exhibit.  His works received recognition from national and international competition and the latest award he received was being the first place in The 13th  International Ankara Cartoon Festival held in Anapa, Russia in 2010. To keep in touch with Sergey and view more of his cartoons, you can email him at SSV24@bk.ru

 

 

Kondee’s Scribble and Sketches

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Stone age kite

From dinosaur age to smiling Monalisa, whatever era, places, time and space, there will always be great ideas on humor cartoon that fills his entire sketch pad. Originally from Poland, this young cartoonist which is currently living in United Kingdom never misses any chance to scribble and draw his endless thoughts and insights to make people laugh no matter how long it will take him to finish the drawing.

Konrad  “Kondee”  Wieczorkowski  is not afraid to show his work and talent to the world, his humility to share his aspirations and skills are always there to inspire everyone.

Learn from Kondee’s wisdom as he opens his principles and his own life as a cartoonist and trying to balance daily living with family, work and chores while keeping his passion to practice drawing and produce cartoons.

 

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Eskimo pram

 

1. How many years you are working or pursuing the hobby as illustrator/artist?

My adventure with drawing started around 1996 when I debuted with my cartoons in Polish humour magazines. For a number of years I published in several titles regularly, my cartoons were also often used as illustrations to articles in student publications in early 2000’s.  Unfortunately, my cartoons disappeared from the press around 2003 for quite a long time, which was mainly caused by the fact I moved abroad and had to spend all time and energy on more pragmatic aspects of leading an immigrant’s life. Only in the recent years I decided to return to one of my favorite but almost abandoned pastime which resulted in creating many new cartoons based upon drafts and scribbles from old and long forgotten sketchbooks.

 

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First invention

 

2. As an illustrator, what is the challenge of staying on the hobby, skills and talent and how you improve it?

 Despite what many people may think, creating cartoons and illustrations can be a very time consuming activity. At least in my case, usually it takes long hours to draw a cartoon or caricature, from the stage of initial draft, through pencil sketch and inked outlines, to color fill either with traditional techniques or in a computer program in order to reach satisfying final effect.

 

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Kondee’s entry for Earth Day 2014 Earth and Me

For me, the biggest challenge, I guess, is to fit all this somewhere in the day, where my time is limited greatly by my day job and household duties. Finding the happy medium between the amount of time being dedicated to work, family and drawing cartoons would be the ultimate goal but it’s never that easy to compromise.

 

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Leaving Egypt

3. Share some of your motivations why you keep going to pursue being an illustrator? How do you motivate yourself to draw and make people happy thru’ your works?

Once we let it happen, to discover a spark of talent in ourselves, we naturally feel there is a little part of us that makes us a bit special. No matter if it is a skill in sports, fantastic voice or ability to write poetry, it’s a natural thing to let it grow and develop, to share it with others and eventually, the need to let the whole world know about it.

Since I recently started giving my hobby more and more attention, I started to think it might be a good idea to give it a try and take part in some of international cartoon competitions. To my surprise, a couple of my cartoons were lucky enough to win prizes and help me to believe that my work and effort can be actually recognized.

 

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Snail on facebook

 

Also, even just a simple sharing of my works through social media websites can bring much satisfaction, as generally my cartoons receive a lot of positive feedback, which in turn can be motivating to further creation of more drawings. For me as a cartoonist, there is definitely nothing more rewarding than to see people smiling when they look at my drawings.

 

 

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Euro-lure

 

4. Any principles in life you follow as illustrator?

Whether using words or cartoons, it is easy to hurt people. So I like to observe them for a while before I make a comment or give judgmental thought. By that I don’t mean to avoid difficult subjects but certainly I do prefer to express it in a more gentle and sensible way.

 

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Mona Lisa smile

 

5. Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

Well, no matter how many times we have all heard so far that success depends on 20 per cent of talent and 80 per cent of hard work, I’m afraid it’s true and possibly couldn’t think of any better advice for anyone with ambition to become an artist of any kind—to keep practicing. As much as I think it is rather difficult to try to teach or change one’s perception of the reality that surrounds them, the technical side of drawing cartoons should be mastered through endless practice. Regardless how advanced you are in whatever you do, you cannot underestimate how much you can learn from observation (but not necessarily copying) other artists’ work.

 

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Never give up

 

6. Share some of your future plan as illustrator.

First of all, the plan is to keep practicing drawing. There are dozens of graphic humor competitions and exhibitions organized internationally each year that I’m looking forward to sending my works to (or at least some of them). I’d like to think that over time, my cartoons will become recognizable enough to catch editors and publishers’ attention.

 

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Battery Replacement

 

 

Kids these days

Kids these days

 

Across the boarder

Across the boarder

 

Year of reading

Year of reading

 

A different view on tolerance

A different view on tolerance

 

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Going viral

 

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White Lady

 

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Peace and War

 

 

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“Keep practicing,” a fervent advice from featured illustrator “Kondee” who lives in United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“That’s Hilarious!”–The Humor of Mark Lynch

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

 

 I am pretty sure you remember Lynch from his entry for Earth Day 2014 of a cute whale that breathed out a plastic water bottle. It is such an honor and privilege to feature this man on his profound and hilarious cartoons and sharing humorous piece of advice on how he inspire himself to continue his passion in creating cartoons.  What more about Mark Lynch, he is a song writer in partnership with Keith Potger of “The Seekers” produced “A Friend like You” recorded by Canadian singer John McDermott.  And believe it or not, Lynch won lottery at young age of 20.

Though award-winning, he is much worried with only one thing and this worry last for 30 years and it will continue for upcoming days to come: “how to make you happy.”

Be inspired with his autobiography (which is longer than the short interview) together with his remarkable cartoons.

Enjoy the show!

 

 

1. How many years you are working as cartoon illustrator?

30 years

 

 

 

2. As cartoon illustrator, what is the challenge of staying with your hobby, skills and talent and how do you improve that skill?

It can be challenging in such a simple way, such as, I simply don’t feel like drawing today, or worse still, I don’t enjoy what I’m drawing. Overcoming this is as easy as visiting the emergency artist’s supplies store…where they sell wine and beer.

 

 

3. Share some of your motivations on why you keep going to pursue being an illustrator? How do you motivate yourself to draw and make people happy thru’ your work?

Motivation comes through humor and how I see the world, a cartoonist is like a comedian without the audience, so I’ve got to be reasonably sure I’m making my readers smile at the very least. Do I hear a slight, Ha Ha out there?

 

 

4. Any principles in life you follow as an illustrator?

I don’t tend to do cartoons that may offend any particular group of people. (Not always successfully)  The aim is to raise a smile with my work by getting the sides of their mouths heading north.

 

 

5. Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent won’t, the world is full of unsuccessful people with talent. Education won’t, there are countless educated fools. Even genius won’t, the world abounds in unrewarded genius!

Persistence and determination alone are things that will ensure fulfillment in your chosen craft.

 

 

6. Share some of your future plan as an illustrator.

I’m planning a non-violent scheme of world –domination, where a cartoonist is instilled as its leader. Failing that, another visit to the emergency artist’s supply shop.

 

 

 

About Mark Lynch

Mark Lynch_AustraliaMark Lynch, Australian cartoonist was born sometime during the last century. He was mistakenly thought to be a war baby as his parents began fighting soon after setting eyes on him.

Leaving school at the age of 15 after a strong recommendation from the Marist Brothers, he held down several jobs (some for up until a month at a time) before winning his first lottery at the age of 20, which allowed him to wear khaki clothing and shoulder a rifle. The common name at the time for this indentured servitude was, National Service!

After doing his time in ‘Nam, (Nambucca Heads) he became a Qantas Flight attendant, and for the next 19 years his life resembled an exotic beer commercial set in a variety of worldwide locations.

This allowed him to develop an allergy towards real work and became a cartoonist, where he was able to hide behind his pen (and a series of aliases and avatars) and poke fun at those less fortunate than him. This disguise enabled him to take the mickey out of politicians of all persuasions during his time as Editorial cartoonist for ‘The Australian‘Newspaper.

A song writing partnership with Keith Potger, of, ‘The Seekers’ produced, ‘A Friend like You’ recorded by Canadian singer John McDemott, and still sung in his live performances to this day.

He is recipient of over 45 International and Australian cartooning awards including, National cartoon of the year, (twice) Stanley award for the best single gag artist of the year as well as his comic, ‘Clancy’ winning best comic strip 4 times and ‘GEN WHY’ once.

It has been widely suggested that the above results were achieved by Lynch sleeping with various members of the judging panels and their pets.

 

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The man behind his pen, ‘Mark Lynch’ in his warm smile after his emergency visit at art supplies for some beer and wine.

 

Now living in Sydney, Australia, Mark Lynch lives in a virtual reality world with apps such as a mortgage and school fees.

 

Visit official website to see more of his brilliant work and to buy cartoons at: www.cartoons-a-plenty.com

and facebook  Mark Lynch daily cartoons.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cartton coutesy of http://www.cartoons-a-plenty.com

 

“Lynch is obviously some Crazed Pinko, neo-Bennite, quasi-Communist, Black Lesbian-type, Jewish Whale-saving, vegetarian, Homo trade unionist Bastard!” – Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones).

 

 

About 

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

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