I love experimenting with art stuff – mostly by chucking paint on paper or canvas, or using obscure tools like kebab sticks. Usually the paint chucked around is a range I haven’t taken to and don’t want to waste (though I do give things away quite frequently). Anyway, these are some experiments using up some of those ‘unwanteds’.
The multi-coloured one is still wet and unfinished – it’s using acrylic inks which I have had for ages but were beginning to pong a little. So I have thrown them onto some watercolour paper to see what it will turn into when it’s dry. Maybe not art but immensely therapeutic – if a little messy.
The little scraps of paper are also a bit of waste not want nots… If they still work later, I can build them into repeat patterns. Or perhaps a greetings card? (Thinking aloud here, btw.)
Humour is subjective. Thankfully though, there is a market for esoteric and even obscure wit.
Wise El is a mixture of the esoteric and self-help with a lot of metaphysical pondering, and a warm dollop of humour. The humour is not soppy or sentimental but it does have an emotional impact on the reader in terms of motivation and inspiration.
The main character is El. She is a barefoot mystic with flowing hair, tied back in a ponytail, and long skinny limbs. She can be rather too literal in her interpretations, which provides a recognisable gag even for those who do not understand English.
Each cartoon is intended to be standalone, but could be collected as a series.
She is drawn in black pen on watercolour paper, often with a scenic backdrop and coloured sparingly. The typeface on finished products is from a font of my own handwriting.
The logo is of El perched on a branch. Pun intended.
Although El is the main character, there are other occasional players, like Mason the chicken, Baby J (in the Box of Delights), Al, Gum, Mog and Mutt, Ant and others who appear as and when.
The Wise El series is quirky rather than idiosyncratic, relying on El’s expressions and actions in contrast to the words and challenging ideas. It should appeal to a wide audience, from those who love its freshness and clean lines, to the more intellectually and/or spiritually-inclined, including those of traditional faiths, as well as those who are not spiritually inclined at all, so the market is not confined.