Tous Charlie – A global ode to freedom of speech| #jesuischarlie #jesuisahmed #jesuis

Ever since the attacks the 7th of January we are all Charlie, we are all Ahmed. I also use the hashtags #jesuischarlie and #jesuisahmed, because I support freedom of speech and I condemn the terrorist attacks.

However, I don’t feel comfortable using them, because I’m not really Charlie or Ahmed, am I? Could I ever find the courage Ahmed Merabet showed? Am I as brave as the people who died defending their principles? Or even as brave as the people who survived and went back to the office (or to the offices of Libération) to continue doing their jobs? I sincerely hope I never have to find out, because I’m pretty sure I’m not and I couldn’t.

Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire” – Voltaire (supposedly… origin unclear. Translation: ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’)

Stéphane Charbonnier (Charb), Jean Cabut (Cabu), Georges Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac (Tignous), Bernard Maris, Philippe Honoré, Michel Renaud, Elsa Cayat, Mustapha Ourrad, Frédéric Boisseau, Ahmed Merabet, Franck Brinsolaro , and too many others have become victims of intolerance. Meanwhile they have also become martyrs for freedom of expression, heros of creative freedom.

Illustration by Nono

Illustration by Nono

And thus, a vicious circle of violence was supposed to begin. But instead of countering this act of violence with defeat and counter-violence, the artist world has stood up and defended themselves the best way they know how, with satire, pen and paper, and impassioned creativity.

It didn’t take long for kindred spirits to show support and solidarity through cartoons and hard-hitting critical remarks. The Internet was flooded with satirical illustrations, supportive drawings and quotes that support freedom of speech and condemn any form of violence.

And there will be more to come…

Newspapers and magazines around the world dedicated their covers to Charlie Hébdo. Websites payed their respects.

Graffiti artists are paying their respects as well by spraying beautiful hommages on walls and buildings alike. Stencil artists are even calling for action and are making stencils available for the public

On that note, I do hope peaceful and proud demonstrations and creative output will keep on setting the tone. Justice will hopefully prevail and Nelson Mandela couldn’t have been more right:

. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

For more responses of the art community be sure to check Creative Bloq..

The Big Draw | Antwerp edition

The Big Draw will be hitting cities all over the world starting the 1st of October until the 2nd of November. In Belgium the international drawing festival is being hosted in Antwerp this year until the 26th of October.
Mission: transforming the city into one big drawing studio where people can experiment, inspire creativity and exchange ideas…
Something that seems to be working really well with their mosaic of inspiring workshops that all seem to distinguish themselves in originality and creativity. Hundreds of these pop-up drawing studios and workshops will take you through the many techniques that the art of drawing has to offer. You can design buildings like an architect, learn penpho (mixing drawings with photography), draw models, go freestyle on a classic work of art, or experiment with shape, colour, technique and tools…
But there are also other activities, like expositions and walking tours.

The Big Window Walk is one of those tours. A couple of artists get to splash their creative juices on local windows from houses and stores. They use the windows as their blank canvas and leave a signature art piece. Some left messages, some plastered their known artwork all over the glass, some free-styled, some merely doodled. In exchange for the uniquely decorated window, the window host will give a little gift to the artist.

Here you can see Imge Özbilge and Siné Özbilge in action, whilst they take on the Malene Birger windows.
Imge studied visual communication design at the ‘Istanbul Bilgi University’ and has a Master degree in Animation from the ‘AKV St. Joost Academy’ in the Netherlands. She was born to Turkish parents in Vienna, and traveled back and forth between Spain, Austria, Turkey and the Netherlands.
At the moment, she lives and works in Antwerp and Istanbul and gets her inspiration from traveling. Meanwhile she is also studying at the ‘KASK School of Arts’ in Belgium.
She describes her work as mainly history related, surreal and states that her multicultural background gives her a different point of view which she translates to beautiful illustrations. Her style is eclectic and detailed, she considers herself to be an Absurdist.
You can visit her work on her website or her Facebook page.

Another walk will take you on a comic mural tour. This tour will show you all the walls that have been turned into famous comic book fragments. Impressive and definitely worth a look.

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You can find more information on the comic murals here.
More information on The Big Draw Belgium and its activities you’ll find here, and if you wanna go more international, you can take a look here.

So go join in and start drawing!

POP FICTION ILLUSTRATIONS

Beery Method a graphic company founded by Nick Berry. His art is heavily influenced by pop culture, the underground scene, pulp horror comics and the music industry. 

Society6 is still selling his pop fiction art as high-quality prints, iphone cases and even polyester pillows!

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