About a decade ago, Will McPhail was just an ordinary zoology student. Now, he's regularly drawing for the world-famous The New Yorker magazine. How does one make such a change in their lives? Well, McPhail admitted to "doodling lecturers" when he was supposed to be learning. And even though he did graduate, it was enough to pursue a cartoonist's career.

So, instead of continuing to study the animal kingdom, he chose to immerse himself in the wildlife of Edinburgh's coffee shops and libraries. There, he analyzed peoples' social behavior, turning his findings into clever and funny comics.

McPhail is now expected to have between 8 and 10 ideas per week for The New Yorker cartoons, a popular American magazine established 94 years ago. "The best I can do is to find an area that I want to do a cartoon drawing on and accept the stage - then hope that my sense of humor moonwalks on to that stage," the artist told the BBC.

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Hahaha omg! The seagull's gone gangsta!!

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"I don’t really have any artistic qualifications," McPhail told Bored Panda. "In fact, I actually studied zoology at university. Because when you ask a seventeen-year-old what they want to do with their life, they always make the correct decision. Thirty grand and four years of my life is a small price to pay for the three armadillo facts that I now know. I’ve had creative ideas and did drawings all my life, though. Or at least as long as I’ve known about pencils."

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Ha ha, life lessons!

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The artist mostly draws single-panels because he's usually drawing cartoons for The New Yorker, which are classically a single-panel deal. "The weekly submission of cartoons to the magazine is really the only structure I have in my life and every career opportunity that I’ve been given has been directly because of my work being seen in The New Yorker. So I owe them pretty much everything! Armadillos always give birth to four identical quadruplets," he explained.

Despite having a career that allows him to live and work anywhere in the world, Will made up his mind to remain in Scotland even after his cool drawings blew up on the international scene.

"Scotland's got some kind of draw on me," he explained. "There's something about Scotland that just draws creative people and I've definitely felt that."

One of the reasons behind this choice is the abundance of inspiration he finds in the country. "It's my job to capture all different walks of life, the idiosyncrasies of life, and Edinburgh and Scotland have got a plethora of different classes and niches of people."

"There's all sorts of fascinating social avenues you can go down and find people from all backgrounds. It's super inspirational when it comes to coming up with drawing ideas."

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Cheese I eat!

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We might invent a lot of our problems, but McPhail never usually tries to trivialize those problems in his cartoons. "I’m usually on the side of the character with the problem because it’s invariably based on my problems! I just think that desperation and panic is very funny. Armadillos are one of the few animals that can contract leprosy."

Also, he blames the pressure he felt at a young age to find a "realistic" career path and is happy he chose to deviate from it. "I realized I didn't need permission to be creative."

Having experienced it firsthand, Will encourages others to follow their dream careers as well. "Education is a good thing - but I think a lot of the time, people feel like they need some sort of academic permission to be creative, and you don't, you can just do it."

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Vicky Zar
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7 months ago

LOL

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7 months ago

This one is inspiring!

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AJu
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7 months ago

Thank you for this :)

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

My wife does this all the time...interrupting me

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Ha!! I feel u trees! Must.....impress....

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

It could actually be helpful to distract yourself from what is going on inside by doing something You can control

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Hans
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7 months ago

Too big houses suck. Just imagine your clan mansion. Probably you shat yourself before making it from the veranda, over the floors, down the stairs, to the left-wing bathroom.

Alice Laughs
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7 months ago

A bathroom in every room, landing, and hallway. Dream big, Hans!

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Kjorn
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7 months ago

imagine how many cleaning you have to do in a house that big

Jackie
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7 months ago

If you hate cleaning don't get a mansion unless you're planning to get maids

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Lara Verne
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7 months ago

Bold of you to assume I can afford a house

Karen Klinck
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6 months ago

You don't have to afford to dream. *I* don't own a house, but I can dream...and I want #3, complete with private bathrooms attached to every bedroom , plus, and a round-the-clock maid service. They can't tax our dreams yet.

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Dippin Dot
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7 months ago

The bigger the house, the more junk you accumulate and the more to clean. No thanks, I'm happy with my small house.

eclipse
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7 months ago (edited)

i would get lost the second i stepped in either of the big houses

Karen Klinck
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6 months ago

Heh. I've always wanted example #3. I've always figured if I could afford the house I could afford the cleaning staff to go with it.

Jasmina Pavlovic
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7 months ago

A tiny little house is enough. Just enough room for me and my dog. Less time for cleaning. Fewer furnishing and no space for useless things. 😊

Johnny
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7 months ago

I don't think this one's true -- I could "afford" (i..e. qualify to buy and make the payments on) a house much larger and more opulent than the small condo I live in now -- but why would I? More space means more to heat, more to clean, more to fill with expensive furnishings, etc.

Mugen
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7 months ago

men is never satisfied with what he has

Wottermehlon Doge
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5 months ago

this is really sad but really truee

Lisa Greene
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6 months ago

It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you have.

Marc Lauzon
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6 months ago

I don't understand large mansion celebs buy. I do understand the huge terrain to keep people from your windows, but what the hell you gonna do with 10 bathrooms... well, you know there's one nearby if you get lost in your house.

Craptavaganza
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6 months ago

So true.

Drive Bee
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6 months ago

Then pretty soon you need 2. It never ends.

Niobe Marchalant
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6 months ago

you always want what you can't have

Marlene Ricker
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6 months ago

It is true that many people are just never happy with where they are in life.

Jo Choto
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6 months ago

It's true. We are never satisfied with what we have.

Christina Uhlir
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6 months ago

What one needs and what one wants is, for most people, incomparable. I hate waste.

Wendy Einhorn
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6 months ago

Never satisfied

Wendy Einhorn
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6 months ago

That’s it...never satisfied

BusLady
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6 months ago

Poor people want to be middle class, the middle class want to be rich. Just be happy with what you do have. There are people living in tents and cardboard boxes. 😢

Origami Chik3n
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7 months ago

If there is anything i've learned from movies it's that the bigger the house the more places for a serial killer to hide.

Dawn Ours
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7 months ago

LOL

Phart
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7 months ago

this one's not so much funny as art echoing truth

Eddie
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7 months ago

The problem is people buy the one they want even though they can't afford it.

Shirley Richard
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7 months ago

That's my house on the left.

Susan Gardner
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7 months ago

So true. Never happy with what we have :(

Steven Cook
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7 months ago

No

April Simnel
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7 months ago

Nah, pass on the big house. I'll take a brownstone with a back garden in Brooklyn Heights over by New York Bay, please! Thanks.

Bhdb Hhdbd
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7 months ago

I hate modern houses. I like cosy normal house

Celtic Pirate Queen
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7 months ago

I've never understood the reason behind that kind of decision. You really need 26,000 sq. ft. of living space, Oprah?

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7 months ago

Any more in there ?!

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Evil Little Thing
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7 months ago

Finalizing a divorce you've been fighting for for months/years is one of the best feelings ever!

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Delusions of grandeur!!

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Polish Panda
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7 months ago

“Maturity and equality’’

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Hans
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7 months ago

The introvert's drug!

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7 months ago

Awesome idea!

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L1z4rd
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7 months ago

My worst nightmare! Made all the more real by knowing there is a mouse hanging out on my kitchen!

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7 months ago

This would be me. Can also hardly resist calling the sniffing dogs at airport "good boy / girl".

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Hermione Granger
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7 months ago

Is there a dead body on the floor? Lol

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Carrot dude
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7 months ago

That statue is proportional to the amount of praise she deserves.

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Francis
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7 months ago

(happend some years agon when i was in my 20s) once when i changed clothes in front of my mum, she said "oh look, the moon is rising" while pointing at my belly... yeah thanks mum. i know i'm fat and pale :D

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Hans
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7 months ago

Isn't this the sole (sad) purpose of women as show "assistants"?

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7 months ago

Hahaha !

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Clinton Yew
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7 months ago

nowadays they just try to brainwash you to think your office is your home and co-worker is your family to try to make you give more effort to work...

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7 months ago

Keep waiting

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temmie
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7 months ago

throwup thats throwup

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7 months ago

Sad but true!

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7 months ago

"The pigeon king better find an own place to live."

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Seriously tho! I'm kinda a big girl...nothing fits!!

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7 months ago

Realist single.

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