A little over a year ago I published a series of satirical illustrations on Bored Panda. The series, titled #ThingsThatiHear, depicts our modern life, the struggles of adulting, and the hell that is online dating.
The great reactions I got here were very inspiring, and now I collected all of them plus many new cartoon drawings into one big book which is now available on Kickstarter.
I am happy to share some new ones with you!
"My friends keep telling me I'm always busy which makes me realize I lie a lot."
I always collect creative ideas for new illustrations and document them on my phone. There I have a long list of notes where I write interesting quotes or overheard conversations down. When I think about inspiration, there was a moment earlier when I got really obsessed with finding good material. Everything I heard had the potential to become a colorful drawing, but I quickly realized that I couldn't really force this and it just had to come to me naturally. The one thing important to me was to take the time to leave the studio, walk around the city, hang out with friends, and live my life. It was necessary to be around people.
"How was your date?" "There should be a yelp for people."
There are always phrases and funny conversations that I note down but decide not to make illustrations of. Why? Well. I hear a lot of funny things and every once in a while I'll organize and look at them as a whole. Some are just too random, or too anecdotal. After doing this for a while I found some themes that I feel are relatable and universal enough (dating, adulting, social media, etc...) I try to pick the quotes that are not simply weird or funny, but also say something about our culture and way of living.
"I'm wearing neon underwear today and I feel like a superhero."
"I haven't been dating much lately, but I've been very botanically active."
Even though I have never been caught for eavesdropping on a conversation, there were a few times when someone noticed that I was sketching them in a cafe or on the train. That is always an uncomfortable moment. Even so, I like getting quotes from "strangers in the wild", but inevitably, things will come up in conversations with friends, and those things are usually just too good. My friends all know this is something I do, and sometimes after saying something funny, they will immediately follow with "oh, here's a new drawing idea for you".
One of the funniest phrases was the one that I have heard from my friend who is really into plants. The phrase was: "I haven't been dating much lately but I've been botanically active". I thought it was so on point and made me laugh out loud.
"Growing up is really anticlimactic."
An illustration usually takes between a few hours for a simple one to a few days for more complex and detailed scenes. Since I do this after work in my free time, it's rare I can complete one in one sitting. I've been drawing since I can remember myself, from a very young age. I always knew it's something I wanted to pursue as a career. I've been working professionally in the animation industry for about 10 years now.
"I've met a lot of slimy frogs in this town but still haven't found my prince charming."
"Her son's kindergarten costs $25K a year. That's a lot of shoes!!!"
I remember hearing the most bizarre thing while waiting in the Apple store. A woman with really heavy makeup was looking at the iPhone and with all the seriousness she asked the sales person if the phone's face recognition will recognize her when she's not wearing her make up. It was too much, even for LA.
"We realized he's not a picky eater he just doesn't like your food."
"Lately I've been going to bed at 9:30 SO lame, I know but I LOOOVE IT."
"You'd think that living 2000 miles away from home would prevent me from going to my parents house to do laundry."
"My New Year's resolution was to block at least one person per day and I'm killing it."
"Man... This would be an awesome pic for my Tinder, but I just started seeing someone."
"I hate it that I care so much, cause I shouldn't."
"I've always wanted a Christmas tree but my mom is not on board with me being religiously fluid."
"Sooo...? He seeemed... Faaairlyyy normal? He's really into origami."
"My mom's fortune teller told her my boyfriend is not the one." "My mom's been saying that about every boyfriend I had since I was 18."
"Emergency! Delete the post about Branden."
"Seeing him I'm thinking - OMG... I should go home and shave my mustache."