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We're already a few days into 2024, but I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the previous year: globally, 2023 was not great for many people around the globe, with the continuation of the Ukrainian-Russian War and the reignition of the conflict in Gaza, claiming thousands of innocent victims. July was the hottest recorded month ever, which doesn't forebode well for our future. New developments in AI technology have increased the discussion of its economic and ethical ramifications.

On the plus side, WHO finally declared the Covid-19 pandemic no longer a global emergency, and major artist groups striked for better work conditions in the US.

For the last 10 years, I've collaborated with many publications and companies around the world, mostly focusing on political, social, and human issues.

I'm always producing new stuff, and after the success of last year's posts in Bored Panda, I've decided to show you a selection of my best works from 2023.

As always, I'd love to know about your own questions; maybe I can do a drawing about it!

What do you think is wrong with the world nowadays? Let me know in the comments!

More info: Instagram | danielgarciaart.com | Facebook | twitter.com

I've been doing editorial illustration for 10 years now and, although I draw a wide range of subjects, current events are always present in my work. I especially like the human angle behind all the big, self-important political and ideological words and personalities. I happen to live in a country not far from Ukraine and have been able to witness the huge number of refugees fleeing from the war. We are talking about millions of women, children, pets, displaced, families broken because of the whims of a few. On a broader scale, climate change affects us all and will have an increasingly physical influence on our lives in the next few years. If nothing is done, we will have to live (or die) with its consequences.

War is always a very complex subject and no matter how many pretty words and selected facts you use to justify it, there is always the human suffering of innocent victims caught in the middle from both sides. Like many things in life, it's a battle between those in power at the expense of the powerless. I prefer to take the side of the powerless. On the other hand, no matter how hard you try to be neutral, people will still criticize or insult you for it. We always like satire until it affects us personally; then it's not funny anymore. It's just a matter of perspective.

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Happy Holidays And Peace On Earth

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I have done several illustrations on environmental issues. The climate crisis grows more urgent every year, but governments and businesses don't seem much interested in solving the issue. With July 2023 being the hottest recorded month ever, I did an illustration of humankind being rowed to the realm of the dead by Charon, leaving Earth behind. That's what will happen to us if we keep on the path of greed. In my opinion, our only option is to take economic action and boycott polluting companies, as I'm afraid simple protesting won't do.

New developments in AI technology have increased the discussion of its economic and ethical ramifications. Although AI can be used as a tool for artists, I fear it will mostly be used by greedy corporations and clients willing to sacrifice creative solutions for bland, soulless content, as long as it saves them a few bucks. Personally, I don't use AI. Political and social illustration is very conceptual and you at least need a human to come up with a clever idea... or you rip off other people's concepts. I'm for regulating this new technology and protecting artists' works from being used to train the algorithm without their permission, but since everything is still in the beginning, it's difficult to know how all of this will unfold.

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Art can be used for many things, and raising awareness of problems and injustices in the world is one of them. Think of it as good journalism: without information and public scrutiny to hold them back, people in power would have free rein to do the worst things imaginable and cover them up with propaganda and nice PR.

It's arrogant to think art can solve world problems, but it can reflect and ignite what people already have in their hearts and point them in the direction of action and change.

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Earthquake In Turkey And Syria

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Mrs Wuschwusch
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So many earthquakes worldwide. So much loss of life. At least earthquakes are not made by humans.

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The Coronation

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually, the total tourism revenue the royal family and their estates bring into the country is around £1.7 billion per year. Billion.

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Get Out Of Social Media

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you think SOCIAL MEDIA caused racism, I don’t know what to tell you.

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Diversity In The USA

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Financial Fraud

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JR Price
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately. We want you to give us all your money for coverage we reserve the right to denigh when it's time to pay out!

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Happy Holidays

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Broken indeed describes everything about our way of life and the things that go on here on earth. It's honestly disheartening and scary how things currently are and where we are headed. :(

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A.I. And Jobs

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People working and slaving away at low income jobs while ai makes art and writes poetry is not the future I imagined… (edit:typo)

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Tech Giants' Fall

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Sleep And Health

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mind fixated on why his car keys are on the rug next to the bed.

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Living With Diabetes

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey!!! EKs!! You don’t have to “look fine” to be fine!! Illnesses and disabilities can occur to anyone at any time, regardless of age, race, and background. Any pandas living with diabetes, cancer, learning disabilities, or any other invisible disabilities, these are for you: 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻💛💛💛💛

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Saving For Retirement

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Emigrate to a country with healthcare, housing and welfare support or vote for it!

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Tech Wars

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The outcome is now the Chinese companies have better software and same semiconductors, locally made

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Child Cholesterol

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Note: this post originally had 32 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.