I Paint A Dragon And Panda As Best Friends To Spread Some Love And Self-Acceptance (29 Pics)
Big Panda & Tiny Dragon is my way of talking about friendship, inner wisdom, and our lack of self-acceptance—we are all flawed yet we are all perfect. We’re all doing our best and yet we tend to think we are not enough. This is a hard subject to talk about as it’s difficult to discuss what we perceive as our inadequacies.
One of the factors that really pushed this work forward was after I started volunteering on the phones for Samaritans talking to people who find it hard to cope with life. There is so much suffering I wanted to do something, however small, to brighten people’s day.
Most of the drawings lay bare my soul and are an expression of my feelings past and present. That can be a tough thing to do as our society tends to enjoy a more glossy version of reality.
I think, however, that a lot of people might feel the same as me and I wanted people to see my drawings and feel better about things. From the response I’ve had, it’s working, so I am going to keep doing it.
My process is fairly simple: I think of a basic concept, often grounded in a feeling I’ve had such as "I’m getting anxious about the amount of work I have at the moment," and then I search for the "real" answer, which is usually buried inside me somewhere. In this example, it might be "focus on one task at a time and do it well." We all have great wisdom deep down, but it can be a hushed voice and gets easily drowned out by modern living.
Once I have a fully realized idea, I work out how to put it into simple words that cut to the core of the issue and are hopefully something that viewers won’t find cryptic or irrelevant. I then do some little sketches until I get the feel I want and then paint a finished version.
I use traditional methods—brushes, ink, watercolor paper, etc. as I feel it’s perfect for this kind of work.