We believe it’s fair to say that short and humorous one-panel comics are a quick and easy way to take your mind off of everyday reality and problems. Chilean cartoonist Karlo Ferdon stands out in this category with his simple, minimalist comics that can make you smile without having the need for any words. Karlo’s comics are mostly one-paneled and require no words to convey the meaning behind them, you just look at them and almost instantly know what the artist had in mind.
Karlo’s ideas often depict either surreal or ridiculous situations, making light fun out of our everyday lives. Ferdon’s work has been previously featured on Bored Panda, and if you’d like to see more of it, you can click here, here, and here.
Given another opportunity, Bored Panda reached out to Karlo Ferdon again with some new questions. First, we asked the artist if he had any life-changing influences that might have helped him with his art and art style in general when it comes to his comics.
“If I had to think about it deeply... I'd say that my main influences were mostly the other comics I read as a child. I'm not sure if you might know them, as they are not very famous, but comic series such as the Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, Mampato, Condorito were the main ones I could think of as of right now (and one of my favorites too.)”
As far as art goes most would agree that being an artist is no easy job, especially a comic one at that. Ideas hit you randomly and you just have to act on them.
"Ideas come to me randomly but my 'secret' formula is pretty much putting the characters in everyday situations and having absurd results with a touch of surprise (if you know what I mean). Generally speaking, all I can say is that the more you draw, the more ideas you get! It's like a circle.”
When it comes to artwork people always have things to say when it comes to the art creators themselves, whether it would be about the artwork or the person behind it, people rarely hold back their opinions.
"In all truth, I can only say that generally, people tend to react to my work very well. Of course, there are always those who do not understand the joke at all or understand the opposite of what the cartoon tries to say or portray, but it is something that usually happens when making humorous comics without any words.”
When working in a creative sphere burnout is one thing all creators are prone to, whether you've been in the industry for years or just for a little while, art blocks are inescapable at times but if you really want to, you can always push through just as Karlo mentions.
“Sure, I do get burnt out and there are also creative blocks sometimes. My personal suggestion is not to push yourself too hard. Just try to think that the best drawing and the best idea is the one that will come tomorrow.”
Art can take a long time to produce, when starting a new project you can never know how long it will take you to finish it, it can take anywhere from a few hours to sometimes even years depending on the difficulty and the project itself, but how it is for the comic authors?
“For me coming up with the idea is what takes the longest most of the time, but when it comes to drawing the comics I can complete one comic in an hour, or an hour and a half, depending on the number of details!”