“A cartoonist is someone who has to draw the same thing day after day without repeating himself.”

~ Charles Schulz, Peanuts cartoonist

Here I am in my Act 3, doing the same old thing I’ve always done, day after day: created stuff.

I left teaching for something new, after 13 years in the classroom. It’s what I’ve always done. I’m lucky that I have always been able to do that – try something that on the surface appears different, every decade or so. First, I worked in art and advertising studios for a decade. Then I freelanced cartoons and illustrations for 10 years. After that, I taught high school students about design for 13 years. All different, right?

I draw stuff, and those drawings explain stuff…just in different ways. A comic strip tells a joke. An editorial cartoon offers an opinion. A brochure illustration highlights a fact. A book illustration illuminates a passage. A logo brands an organization. All “drawn,” and all “illustrating.”

Act 3, I expect, will draw on the same skill sets; but differently. I will be doing that “making-stuff-to-explain-stuff” thing in concert with two other professionals who I like and admire. We are three creators with skills and similar work experiences that both complement and overlap enough to get all kinds of stuff done, and done well. We won’t be repeating ourselves, but, at the same time, we are doing the same thing: telling clients’ stories. 

We’ve gotten pretty good at drawing and creating that kind of stuff.