After I’d been sitting drawing Bad Ted for a few weeks there were still questions going around in my head, is he good enough? Will he work? Will people like Ted? Or will he upset instead of engage people? I’m a subversive at heart and shaking the tree is what I used to love doing as a graphic designer 30 years ago. We both want to continue causing a little disruption here and there.
I wanted to be able to say things directly without the bear, so I set about writing and working on quotes or statements that were direct yet thought provoking and maybe a gentle play on words so I sat and wrote out a lot of statements about things that really bother Lisa and myself, bullying, discrimination, inequality, animal cruelty (you get the idea) Both Lisa and I have in our time experienced these things and the resulting fallout I wanted to say something using bold colour and communicate it using markers not slick computer designed smooth concept art we like raw, truthful content presented in a way where the materials used are celebrated so yes, lets show the rough edges, lets make it accessible to people because the art still looks like its come straight from a sketchbook and is an idea gone straight to print.
So here we are using a few very bold colours to punch the message home they are simply yet directly communicated with black markers designed to make you think or at least stop for a second and question what you’ve just read, hopefully some will raise a wry smile.