This Artist Makes Minimalistic Comics Filled With Absurd Situations And Silly Humor (30 New Pics)
Comic artist Will Santino never ceases to surprise his audience with new and fresh ideas that are both funny and witty at the same time. His comics, which are mostly one-paneled, often depict ridiculous situations as well as a quote that really takes his work to the next level. Will's work has been featured on Bored Panda previously last year and if you'd like to see his older comics, then make sure to click here.
In his last interview with Bored Panda, Will shared his story and how he got into making comics in the first place.
"I started drawing cartoons during a difficult time in my life, while I was processing grief after a loss. I am inspired by nature, stories, mythology, animals, and books. I like to add more silliness, wonder, whimsy, and absurdity into the world."
In the last interview, we asked Will if he had any major influences in life that helped him in his art career and inspired him to take this path.
"Growing up, I was very influenced by books like Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo, and comics like Calvin and Hobbes and Little Nemo in Slumberland. Also the covers of the fantasy novels I read, like Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. I love the illustrations of James Gurney and Shaun Tan, and historical artists like M. C. Escher and Hieronymous Bosch have been influential as well. Most of these influences can be seen in my illustrations rather than my cartoons, though."
When it comes to the ideas for his comics Will has quite a few things to share, "In order to have output, I need input. I read a lot of fiction and I love learning about new things, so I end up on Wikipedia a lot. I love mythology, history, fables, art, and language. I love to learn, so my silly ideas are often the byproduct of my curiosity. More specifically, I drink coffee and doodle in a sketchbook. Coming up with ideas is about having inside jokes with yourself, and then seeing if you can communicate it to another person. It’s about having fun, too. Coming up with a good idea is fun."
"I’m a firm believer in working even when you don’t feel inspired, which I do pretty often. But when I do feel inspired? Man, that’s a great feeling. It’s kind of related to the flow state—I feel focused and uplifted and ideas connect and combine in a grand kaleidoscope of absurdity and novelty until all the world’s wonder and plunder and blunder dissolves into a grand unified theory of imagination. Or something. Also, I like watercoloring."
Note: this post originally had 52 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.