Below is the first cartoon I have drawn for Artizans.com, a website that distributes editorial cartoons and art to publications across the country.
I'm looking forward to doing a ton of good work for them, and developing a stronger and more personal style.
I actually drew 3 editorial cartoons last night. (here are the other two)As I was scribbling away at 2am I realized that I have artistic split personalities. Sometimes my drawings are realistic, sometimes they are goofy, sometimes they are simple and sometimes they are elaborate, and you can kind of see that in these editorial cartoons.
I sort of wonder if my editorial cartoons stand out in a crowd. Do I have a distinct style? Not really.
I don't think somebody could look at a stack of cartoons and pull out all of the Phil Hands drawings (without looking at the name of course). I don't even have a standard formula for how I draw the "everyman." One day he is short and stumpy with a big head, the next day he is tall and lanky. It's like I can't make up my mind.
I don't know why I haven't started drawing in a style yet. I'd like to say that I do it for artistic expression and to keep myself fresh, but it's never a conscience decision. It just happens, and I guess that means it's usually a whim. A decision based on a whim would be the exact opposite of an conscience artistic decision. I like that. Maybe that will be my new slogan, "Phil Hands' editorial art: whimsical cartoons on a whim!!!"