Cartooning at its best is a fine art. I'm a cartoonist who works in the medium of animation, which also allows me to paint my cartoons.
In middle school, I started to draw, and my pencil sketches were huge. They were these 4ft by 3ft drawings, and I got a lot of attention for that, so that was very validating. But I didn't start cartooning until I was in college.
People go into cartooning because they're shy and they're angry. That's when you're sitting in the back of a classroom drawing the teacher.
I'm skeptical of the 'go local' approach to cartooning to preserve your job.
Cartooning is an honorable thing.
Cartooning is about deconstruction: you gotta tear something down to make a joke.
But now that I'm cartooning full-time, I'm more of an observer. I'm talking to people who are experiencing these things. But it's not like being in the trenches.
But to me what seems to be missing in a lot of portfolios is Cartooning.
So cartooning, for me, is an honorable thing. It's pushing the envelope. It's the truth of something through exaggeration.
I'm really interested in making a mark on a paper and letting that be cursive shorthand for an idea - that's the origin of cartooning.