Kondee’s Scribble and Sketches

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Stone age kite

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.

 

Eskimo pram

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.

 

First inventions

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.

 

Leaving Egypt

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.

 

Snail on facebook

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.

 

 

Euro-lure

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.

 

Mona Lisa smile

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.

 

Never give up

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.

 

Replacement batteries (1)

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

 

Going viral

Going viral

 

White Lady

White Lady

 

Peace and War

Peace and War

 

 

Kondee's face

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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