The road to justice takes some while to travel before you get there…
Those are two illustrations/cartoons I’ve made during the last days, both for Hufvudstadsbladet. As I make twelve per week on the average, it goes to show that I always take the time to post them here. There’s a life to be lived as well…
Sato is a Finnish company which has bought a so-called service home for the elderly and wants to turn it into normal flats, because as we know, old people don’t pay off. They just pay the rent. And the rent is not what The Market in its indisputable wisdom wants. So there. Money doesn’t talk, it swears, as Mr. Dylan growled.
I’m getting it now. Since this will be posted at Facebook and Linkedin as well, I need to put the cartoon first, don’t I? Who wants to read all my burbling about the process behind it? No one and it isn’t Twitter, is it? Way too wordy!
Anyway, the text was about how volunteers and ideal foundations have to consider in the level of cost and thus, obey the rules of the capitalist society they work in. So I thought what symbolises non-profit work, altruism in action? The Good Samaritan, of course. And wouldn’t it be absurd if the Good Samaritan would have to begin to consider the pluses and minuses helping the poor man he came across? Good idea, I thought.
I was a bit surprised when my colleagues had some doubts. They feared that it might be misinterpreted and people would think Middle East and Isis and what not. If I would consider a new idea? No, I wouldn’t, because I had my hands full with other things, so I asked if people today don’t learn the least about the Bible? Not that I’m that religious, myself, but… and I had even written I ❤️ Samaria on his hat!
Not young people, they said. So, what if I add The Good Samaritans on the donkey’s plaid? And I added The Samaritan Volunteers on his tunic for good measure. Saved it and sent it, but then they decided to risk the wrath, ire and condemnation and published the first version, but I liked the end result, so here goes.
I had to think long and hard before I got an idea for today’s main text. It was about the reactions and comments, threats and hate mail journalists get ever so often.
The actual case was concerning a sports journalist and then the ball dropped. There’s that expression about attacking the player and not the ball, which of course refers to football. Sports. But it also describes ad hominem- attacks. Good then.
The selected letter to the editor was about a planned railway along the southeastern coast of Finland, so oh well – a railroad track.
Another day working on the iPad, and what was it this time now? Oh yes, the main text or the chronicle was about the Finnish energy company Fortum, which is trying to keep a green profile, but which has bought up the German company Uniper, and Uniper is behind Datteln 4, which is a coal plant. So much for the green profile then. Coal dust blows from Fortum’s portfolio…
Then I had to illustrate the selected letter to the editor, too, and this time it was about theatre and how it might show our true face when we are not acting. Or something like that. The text was a trifle vague, methinks, but theatre, masks and something Hamletish will do. I hope. And this is a vector illustration, believe it or not, but using the Pixel Persona in Affinity Designer to add a certain touch to it.
Perhaps I’m beginning to get an idea as to where this will be heading. Perhaps daily updates concerning my work?
As usual I’m working on Sundays as well as any other day, but who am I to complain? It’s not exactly like I’m working eight hours a day, although that may occasionally happen as well. But normally more like two to four hours, including breaks and thinking about what to draw.
In case any reader of this would wonder how I work, it’s mainly like this: I receive a text from the newspaper by email, read it, think, get an idea, draw, send it. I have a deadline to keep, but I’m not sure when that is these days, what with all changes up through the years. Around fourish if it’ll get into the digital version, I think. Otherwise around seven, eight.
On Fridays I normally receive all texts for the weekends, but I use to spread the work out. Two for Saturday’s issue, one for Sunday’s and two for Monday.
One of the texts is a selected letter to the editor, some reader’s opinion, in other words. Might be challenging since I don’t always agree, but I try to solve it somehow without losing too much of my integrity. I said no once, to some extreme right wing rubbish, but that was a rare occasion.
This time it was about media – public service versus private media – and economy, internet et cetera, só this was a rather neutral solution. I think. I hope.
I normally use Affinity Designer on the iPad Pro to create those illustrations. It’s a vector based app, but with the possibility to swap between vector and raster, which I’ve done here.
In case you don’t know what that means, look it up.
The other text is normally a chronicle or an analysis written by one of the editors, and for that I use an app called Procreate, also on the iPad. I used to draw on paper and scan it in, but I’ve got a few thousand originais now, so I was happy when the iPad Pro with Pencil arrived. I did try drawing digitally before that, but the only economically available solution for me, was drawing on a “blind” pad, having to look at the result appear on a monitor, instead of directly underneath the pen – and I couldn’t wrap my head around that. I work fast, extremely fast even, so that didn’t fit me at all.
Anyway, topics vary, also in this case and this text was written by my old colleague and friend, Dan Kronqvist, who used to be our motor editor, and this was his last text before retirement.
Normally I used to get a car in it, but I thought that I’m going to give him some special treatment this time and avoid cars totally.
So, what is it about? Well, seems like some car manufacturers have made a dirty deal with companies like Tesla in order to reach an acceptable level pollutionwise. They are obviously allowed to pool their petroleum and diesel driven cars, together with electric cars, so the medium result will be within the limits.
I’ve never understood the idea behind this kind of pollution trading, so I thought that if you get it down to the basics, it shows what it’s about really. The little boy has bought a right to be dirty from his smart and neat sister.
The old homepage was beginning to feel really outdated, something I had been aware of for years now, but all this updating is so time consuming. Besides, the whole concept of more or less static home pages had begun to feel like a dead dud in stale water, to be honest, what with the growth and spread of social media.
So I was looking for not only a more fresh design but also a different approach. Finally I decided to throw the old site in the paper bin and start afresh, from scratch, without much of a tedious plan, actually, just a vague idea. Something between a portfolio and a blog? Not that I’m a frequent blogger, either.
I mean, I’ve tried several times, but then I’ve thought that if I haven’t got something worth it to say, why say it? But that’s if it is a blog. With an intent of being just that. This is not.
Anyway, the language then? I use four on a daily basis – Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese and English. I tried to build up a version of the old site in all of them, but that’s a lot of tedious work. What with English being the Lingua Franca of today, I will go for English. The automatic translation is becoming better and better and English is like my second soul, having spoken it since I was eleven.
It seems to be quite a powerful tool, this WordPress, but I think I would have created at least two modes – Beginner’s Mode and Advanced Mode. Perhaps a Dummies Mode as well. Trying to find my way in here, I feel more like the latter. I guess the idea is to have a plan, a clear map of how the site’s going to be, and my approach is contrary to that. I just dive in and see what’ll come out of it. I’m not sure what kind of site I want to have. Definitely not just a blog. But how do I add images to this post, for instance? Where’s the Add Image-button? See what I mean?