I had a lot of fun this weekend at Silver Drawing Academy during Stephen Silver's Two-Day Character Design Workshop. Met a bunch of talented artists and had a great time. A very inspiring and awesome learning experience.
Day one was a full day of learning and designing characters and day two was all about character gesture drawing. From the start, I was already rethinking my own character designs and how to improve them. This was character design boot camp and a hell of a good time!
Stephen Silver is a freelance Character Designer and teacher/owner of Silver Drawing Academy. He designed cool cartoon characters such as Kim Possible, Danny Phantom and Kevin Smith's, Clerks the animated series.
On January 7, five cartoonists (Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous and Wolinski) and seven others were killed by gunmen at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
This is horrible and it doesn't make any sense to me. I immediately wanted to say or draw something, but I couldn’t make sense of the incident. I tried looking at it from several angles. They were obviously great cartoonists. As for the satire, the cultural or religious critique, I don’t know if it was good or bad, if it was funny or not. At first glance, some of their cartoons do seem kind of racist and stereotypical, and I get the impression they were made to provoke and bully a specific community. But none of that matters now, because the main point is this:
No drawing is worth killing someone over, even when it's offensive.
Expressing this message is what matters now.
So, I made this cartoon.
El 7 de enero , cinco caricaturistas ( Charb , Cabu , Honoré , Tignous y Woliński ) y otras siete personas murieron a manos de hombres armados en las oficinas del periódico satírico Charlie Hebdo .
Esto es horrible y no tiene ningún sentido para mí. Inmediatamente quise decir o dibujar algo, pero no podía dar sentido al incidente. Intenté mirarlo desde varios ángulos. Ellos fueron, obviamente, excelentes dibujantes. En cuanto a la sátira, la crítica cultural o religiosa, no sé si era buena o mala, si era chistosa o no. A primera vista, algunas de sus caricaturas parecen algo racistas y estereotipadas , y tengo la impresión de que se hicieron para burlarse y provocar a una comunidad específica. Pero nada de eso importa ahora, porque el punto principal es éste:
Ningún dibujo es razón para matar a alguien, incluso cuando es ofensivo.
Here's a tribute to the greatest Mexican superhero of all time, El Chapulín Colorado (before you say El Santo, he didn't have any super powers and El Chapulín did... well... sorta. He self medicated on "chiquitolina" pills, which made him shrink to the size of a grasshopper and... I think that's about it). This character was part of a Mexican television comedy series that ran from 1972 to 1981. El Chapulín Colorado was the inspiration for Bumblebee Man on "The Simpsons" and I have to say, it was also a huge influence for creating the Chorizo Bandit character on my cómic "Nerdmigos." He was created by comedian Chespirito (Roberto Gómez Bolaños) who recently passed away, leaving an unforgetable body of work, funny characters and good times. He will definitely be missed.