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Why I draw?

I am a professional graphic artist as well as a passionate amateur singer with a very musical family, which means I have been able to experience or witness all sorts of situations first-hand, from practice and rehearsals to performances.

A few years ago, I realised that what we call “classical” music and singing were heading for rough waters, with funds being reduced everywhere and most of the youth feeling less and less attracted to (and becoming more and more ignorant about) these wonderful art forms. I felt compelled to do something about the situation and decided to try and illustrate the insider point of view of singers and instrumentalists, in order to break that ever increasing distance between the audience and the classical musicians.

I see a lot of funny but often cliché caricatures and feel there is something missing in the way these great artists are depicted. Humour is very important to me. However I prefer using it it combined with a feeling of empathy for the person, rather than at the expense of…

One down side of our fantastic modern technology, which allows us to listen to music in the comfort of our homes but also practically everywhere and all the time, is that less people feel the urge to make music themselves. Especially the kind of music demanding some dedication and regular instrumental or vocal practice.

As a result, the classical musicians and singers have become these apparently distant and mysterious creatures, usually dressed-up in old fashioned tuxedos and gowns, able to produce incredible non-electronically amplified sounds, as if by magic. Classical concert-goers are ever more petrified in dignified silence, unlike in jazz or pop culture, expecting consistent CD-like perfection from these live performers.

I think it is time somebody visually depicts their human everyday struggles as well as their laboriously acquired expertise in a fun but accurate way. It would also be nice to depolarise the two amateur-versus-professional worlds and show the entire spectrum of musical practice without erecting impermeable barriers.

Get real airlines!

Why are musicians so often persecuted by airlines? Not only are musicians some of their best customers for they travel all the time, but let’s face it: they are just nice, disciplined and harmless people. And when you see how luggage is handled, don’t you understand why they insist on taking their precious instrument on board with them?

Why we need Art

In these economically challenging times, where cultural instances are expected to be run like factories, generating immediate financial profit, I think it is sometimes good to pause and reflect on what kind of society we want for the future. Protecting and valuing the arts is vital to create inspired, tolerant and all-together happier and better citizens. It produces huge long-term benefits. Re-connecting with the artists through humorous and “behind the scenes” illustrations, is my way of doing it.