SATIRE - Sarcasm Wit Humour I enjoy this aspect of my artmaking however, it might be useful to identify humor, often described as “what makes us laugh,” it seems that this very definition can vary a lot from one person to another. After all, people don’t laugh about the same things. Art and parody are forever connected. Sarcasm has a two-faced quality: it’s both funny and in this case meaningful. This dual nature has led to contradictory theories on why we use it. Satire has always always been a form of creative expression for me. Although through most of human history, it has been chaotic, with a conveyor belt of wars and political unrest seemingly ubiquitous, it does feel as though we have entered a new period where satire, through its twists and turns, almost writes itself. This village of satire ultimately gives an artist a voice to a widespread communal sentiment, a playground that no longer plays by the agreed-upon rules of engagement.
Putting pencil to paper and designing by hand is always the first stage of my process. Exploring how a rough rendering might nourish a creative thought and open the door for possibilities. Doodles, or as I call them, Noodles, are rough renderings essential to my process. Sketching a concept brings it to life. It gives me a space to explore and edit, and rethink the possibilities. In this mark-making stage, the goal is not to create a beautiful drawing but to explore new ideas and provide a blueprint for the next step. Just as a sketch can make an idea, putting this thought on paper can expose its flaws. But this is a critical step that leads to better solutions and often sparks new ideas, often oblique from the original. The idea, and not the sketch, is the goal. These notions developed over time can provide the freedom to evoke other possible pathways.
Working with this preliminary stage is like tinkering with a camera lens to bring a blurry, indistinct image into sharp focus. I love this process because it is a spontaneous act and quick, matching the pace of ideas as they come. In some cases, ideas arrive quickly and can be just as easily lost if not recorded by a simple sketch in real-time. My roughs are a non-committal means to explore many facets of a problem and solutions, from the sober to the off-the-wall ridiculous. (And I tend to the ridiculous). Frequently, the absurd idea has value – maybe one side of a crazy concept hides a germ of truth about the problem that can grow into a plausible solution. Either way is worth it.
Often, I will purposefully draw the most cliche, and obvious retort, so that I can then eliminate it and move on to something more innovative. This process is crafting a mixture of options, creating a tremendous variety I can select. (No one wants to eat at a buffet where there is only one dish). Make a minimum of 12 small thumbnail sketches, keeping in mind that the more roughs I have, the better the final result.