If I had drawn immediately after the JE SUIS CHARLIE shootings my drawing would have shown anger, fear, hatred, pain, tears, blood and more of the same.
A day later and you would have seen sadness...
It would have been very easy for me to draw my anger.
FACT. It is harder to draw a cartoon that inspires than it is to shoot someone dead.
I do not want to contribute to the hate.
Please let me have the strength to resist.
I do not agree with shooting someone over a drawing.
That is all it was. Lines on a paper.
What person in their right mind would kill someone over a cartoon?
Who can tell me that God is o.k. with this behavior? & believe that?
Here is the thing.. I don't like it when I see disrespectful drawings of Jesus. I can't lie...
but I do not take them personally! If anything, as an artist I might try to think that person is struggling with their own issues and this is how artists deal. I am shocked at the events that have taken place.
I do NOT agree with them - BUT - I don't draw certain things because I know - it will hurt some, or be disrespectful to them, and because that's not how I want to be.
A perfect example for a cartoonist mind - or mine anyhow today - I read about a cat that saved an abandoned baby in Russia - I had an idea come to mind - about cats being better mothers in Russia. - I did think it! It was just there - HOW UNFAIR!
Thankfully - my mind corrected itself and thought... how bad we read this story and it is a story because of the cat. How common does this happen is Russia. How common is this happening all over the world :( A little gift of God left in a box to freeze. Instantly my mind wanted to place blame, because I am afraid to think things like this are happening. My first was Anger at a mother who could do such an act... then sadness. How helpless one must feel. I truly will pray for that person because it must have been a very difficult decision for them to make. I am thankful I am not in that persons shoes.
So I get it and I see how and UNDERSTAND, how it is done all the time all around the world.
BUT I won't say it out loud, (I only wrote it here to show you - it happens) I won't draw it and I WILL remind myself - never should the actions of anyone person(s) be placed on an entire race or religion. What some find funny - others are willing to kill over. ;(
So I don't get it, I am not able to understand all that surrounds JE SUIS CHARLIE, what I do understand is life was lost. Hatred was expressed.
I will not live in fear.
I will draw as long as I am able...
I will try to encourage love with my cartoons.
I am Charlie.
Have faith <>< xox