WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

bartolo teachingI recently worked as a Teacher with several groups of international students. I really liked this experience and inspired me with a series of brand new comic strips!

Here is the first one with me and my students.

Their age and English level vary a lot and sometimes we don’t really have a common language to use, and the communication can be a big challenge. Humor is my favorite channel to communicate with them and they like it. I like it too when they make an effort to find ways to joke with me.

I drew this comic strip using Adobe Illustrator.

I’VE LOST WEIGHT

i-ve_lost_weight-01Recently my inspiration comes from my conversations with my sister and I have the impression this is a well that will never run out of water.

My only problem at the moment is that I am not as fast at drawing as she is at throwing me her pearls, so at the moment I have a larger and larger waiting list of comic strips to come.

What to use them for? No idea, but I think it’s a good thing to draw them down until I’ll find a use for them at a certain point in the future.

I am drawing using Adobe Illustrator and a Wacom pen.

THE LEAVING PARTY

the_leaving_partyLiving in a place where a lot of people come an go as soon as a new opportunity comes up, meeting people that want to spend the rest of their lives here and then soon after they go is something you get used to.

A few days ago this happened to a friend of my sister and this concept all of a sudden came up into my mind. It’s been a bit embarrassing: everybody was sad for her departure, and I burst into laughs.

Anyway, I did this drawing using Adobe Illustrator.

 

INSPIRATIONAL YOGA 3

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This is the third comic inspired by my yoga classes.
I have others in my sleeve, but I guess you are getting the point: yoga is painful, despite what people make us believe on TV.

I draw them using Adobe Illustrator.

Here the dialogue says:

– Since I do yoga I notice more the small things like flowers and grass…
– Muscular fever?
– I wish I were dead.

INSPIRATIONAL YOGA 2

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This is the second comic strip inspired by my painful yoga classes. I usually work in English but these ones ended up being in Italian (my native language.

In this strip the character loosely inspired by me talks to a batender.

The dialogue reads:

– Today I took my first yoga class. There are some positions that make you loose your senses.

– Because of the meditation?

– Because they hurt.

I am drawing these strips with Adobe Illustrator.

INSPIRATIONAL YOGA

Bartolo YogaLately I have started a yoga course that triggered my creativity.
Have you ever seen that image with a circle stating YOUR COMFORT ZONE, and then a dot far away stating HERE IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS?
It’s actually true: doing something new (and unbelievably painful) can really help to find new ideas.

So I started drawing how painful is doing yoga, and here’s the result.
To do these comic strips I used Adobe Illustrator.

Here is this character loosely inspired by me.
The subtitle reads:

How I see myself when I do yoga
…and how others see me.