Cartoon: Birthday wish

Lighting Up The World

Lighting Up The World

Today is my birthday and I did a little cartoon to memorialize it. I think that I am a lot younger than I look and feel. But, the truth is that I ain’t young anymore and the older I get the odder I get. It is fine. Strangers who see me drawing stuff while I ride a train or wait in an airport feel free to look on and talk which is both embarrassing and fine. The deal is that if you do work that you like, you’ve got no choice. You must keep doing it. I once worked in a job I hated, did it for years and while I was occasionally good at it, I admired those who loved it and knew that I would never be as good as them at it. So now, I thank my lucky stars that I am past all that and do the work that I was always meant to do, scribbling and doodling one way or another, morning until night. And, everyday, I can’t wait to do more of it.

The cartoon was done with a Wacom pad using Corel’s Painter 12.

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About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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