30 Comics That Show What Living With A Dog Is Really Like, By Xibang Interview With Artist
I don't know about your shower thoughts, but I often think about what dogs really think. Do they really not judge us? Do they really know that they're good girls and boys? Do they really look up to us? These and other questions are answered by Xibang (Seebangnow), an illustrator from Singapore, who also recently did similar comics about cats. Of course, I'll never really know what dogs actually think, but the comics illustrate their thoughts pretty accurately, or at least it's what most of us hope that dogs think.
The artist knows how to balance strong emotions, and the comics are every bit as amusing and full of love as they are sad and sentimental. The illustrator brilliantly reveals how despite having a pretense to show what dogs "really" think, the furred subjects of the comic are just what we expect and hope them to be: friendly, loyal, a little bit silly and naive, and sly.
The artist told us a little about himself and what he does. "I'm a cartoonist from Singapore, and my full-time job is more or less being a dad to my 4-year-old son. Whatever energy I have left with is split between helping out with my family business and drawing."
Seebangnow is no different when it comes to creative struggles, and shared his gripes. "For me, the most difficult part of making comics is probably getting started, especially if I've been too busy to draw for a week or more."
"My artistic process is mainly procrastinating until the guilt of not drawing overwhelms me and I battle through my daily fatigue to get started drawing. I draw on a Wacom Bamboo Tablet to save time, because I'm very rusty and hate my lack of skill in traditional media. I have a whole lot of ideas I've written down in my notes, but sometimes I just try to roll with it and see what happens."
But he wouldn't do it if he didn't like anything about it. "My favorite part of the process is the end; drawing itself can be tedious and not particularly fun - but I find it rewarding if the resulting work turns out well enough."
The artist has immersed himself in the comic world ever since he was little. He shared some of his key influences. "I grew up with a lot of manga, and only picked up western comics in my teens. I still read a lot of manga - I like how artists liberally borrow from multiple art styles to service the stories they tell, and how dynamic the visual language can be. I think overall, my all-time favorite comic would be Berserk (RIP Kentaro Miura) but I first started copying drawings from Doraemon and Dragonball - oh, and Garfield, lol."
He gave a few words of wisdom to the aspiring artists. "It's really nice to know that people like my art. My advice is to make art for yourself. Draw because you like what you make, or like what you're doing. Art is personal and supposed to be fun. Just pick up a pen and draw. If you don't like your own work, it will suck even if everyone else loves it."
"Thank you to everyone who likes my comics and to Bored Panda for the feature! Please follow me on Instagram, I aim to draw more regularly and make videos and music. Take care and stay safe!"