El Lagarto Cartoons

I've always been a writer, and I've always liked humor.  As a kid I loved cartoons, because they compressed an entire funny idea into one "panel."  But I couldn't draw.  So I never tried my hand at them.  Enter the digital age with all of its tools.  I did so many PowerPoint presentations at work I got comfortable with it.  Then it dawned on me, I could take existing photographs and add offbeat captions to them - I didn't have to draw at all.  That was the birth of El Lagarto cartoons.  I've done 100s of them and I am having a ball.  They combine my love of photography, writing, and quirky humor.  By staying open, sometimes opportunities for creative self expression show up in odd places.    
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
2 Responses Jun 22, 2007

People get into fistfights on this subject. I think that ultimately there is no universally satisfactory definition. However, it's hard to imagine art without the artist giving something of his or her own self to the endeavor - something real - otherwise it's only a parlor trick - to me. Your father's definition seems to invite a tautology, because the next question is - what is an artist? - undoubtedly the answer would be - a person that makes art. I can tell you that in the case of the cartoons there's labor in finding great photographs that are well suited, but the art comes from thinking up captions that leverage what's in the photo - trip it up - and make something funny. (As I say in my profile - dying is easy, comedy is hard.)

That sounds like a blast. I bet its produced some pretty interesting art.