Gobilog.


The amazingly talented Gobi has a brand new website, and I am thrilled about it. I hope you will be too. Have a look around!

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Don’t they just make you smile, and want a story? Gobilog.

Comments

  1. rq says

    Children’s stories, or no-reason greeting cards. Because you could just buy little prints for yourself, but these need sharing. :)

  2. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    Thank you all for the encouraging words!
    It’s funny, everyone -- everyone -- who sees my drawings says I should be doing children’s stories!
    The stories are there — I just dip into them to capture a moment.

  3. says

    Gobi’s:

    It’s funny, everyone – everyone – who sees my drawings says I should be doing children’s stories!

    You should be. I’m no sprog, but I’d buy them! Sprogs would absolutely adore stories with such great illustrations.

  4. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    @Caine

    I’m no sprog

    lol — me neither — I am the same age as Star Trek.
    There are illustrations out there specifically for children. I have never liked them.
    They have always felt like’ talking down’ to children.

    Arguably the greatest childrens’ artist Maurice Sendak never talked down to children. ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ was beautifully seditious but oh so innocent to adults.
    The story of Max and his emotions becomes even more interesting when you find out that Sendak’s partner of 50 years was a psychoanalyst.
    I wonder how many of those same adults would have been shocked to find out those pretty pictures were drawn by a gay atheist. :)

  5. says

    That’s the thing about your work, Gobi -- it has immediate appeal, regardless of age. I don’t find any of your pieces to be child specific, they are just delightful, sparking your imagination right away. There’s no condescension, just a desire for the story.

    Out of the ones posted here, it’s the blackbirds’ goodbye to the dragonflies that draws me the most. There’s a story there, for me, that is perhaps a somewhat sad one, but a truly good story. I’d say there’s a big market for stories that are not condescending in tone or story line, beautifully illustrated. There’s a lot to be said for books that draw people, including sprogs, into art itself. It’s a great thing when art can inspire others to pick up a pencil, crayon, or whatever.

    And I have always loved Sendak to pieces.

  6. rq says

    Oh, yes, saying they’re for children’s stories wasn’t meant as an insult in any way -- in fact, while a lot of people believe all it takes is a lot of colour and large shapes to draw children’s interest, this is not so. Not for the books they will read over and over again, at least. Your drawings are very captivating with the addition of whimsy, but as Caine says, not in a way that talks down to children: you don’t complete the story, you make me think more about the story.
    If it comes down to stories. you don’t even need a written story, but a series of such colourful pictures would be enough for kids to make up their own stories.

    And my favourite is also the one with the blackbirds, though I first thought it was crows, and the possible story was even darker. But still sad.
    My second favourite is the rhinotrain but that’s because I love trains. :)

  7. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    @rq
    Oh no! I never take the children’s story comment as an insult! It is always taken as a compliment.
    I have just added another post to my site and my wife’s thinks I have come across as gruff :(
    This is why I should draw and not talk so much…

    And the black birds are crows -- I love Australian crows. They are intelligent and cheeky and have bright blue eyes :) -- disregard all the bad stuff you might hear about them.

  8. rq says

    The crow picture, in style, reminds me of a children’s animation from… uhhh, I think the 70s, about a hedgehog lost in the mist. Denizens of the former Lounge will probably remember me talking about this before, but it has that same kind of mystical atmosphere. But as mentioned, much sadder -- the hedgehog story has a different feel to it.

  9. says

    Gobi:

    I have just added another post to my site and my wife’s thinks I have come across as gruff :(

    There’s nothing wrong with gruff!

  10. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Gobi, are you interested in getting your art published? I have a contact as Asmodee (the publisher of the game Dixit). I have no idea what the process is or how much it pays, but I’d be happy to at least ping them if you’d like. I just don’t want to do something like that without your permission.

  11. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    @Crimson Clupeidae

    I just don’t want to do something like that without your permission.

    You have my permission :) Thank you for asking!

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