Isis Rodriguez

Ever since I was a little girl, I drew cartoons. I remember copying Hannah-Barbera and Warner Bros. cartoons by hand. Later, as I became a teenager, I enjoyed reading Mad Magazine and in college indulged in the book “Love is Hell” by Matt Groening. What attracted me to cartoons were their uniqueness and style. This fascination with comics and animation lead me on a journey as an artist to develop my own style.
Cartoons are stereotypes that defy nature and what’s expected of them. Mice outsmarting cats, characters dying and coming back to life, superheroes with special powers, are a few examples. I feel like a therapist when I draw because I consider the cartoon’s attitudes and behaviors important before I make it art. Women are a special interest to me because they are stereotypes of sexual power. Thru observation, I’ve notice that their sexual power is the always in a state of conflict. I feel compelled to identify the conflict and to resolve this conflict, to make things better. This is how I make art.
When I draw a cartoon, I concern myself with only the outlines first, because that’s what tells me what type of cartoon it is. Once I have the outlines, I might use color, but only if necessary. When I think of color, I think of how it’s going to help the cartoon become a stereotype, how the color will add to the symbolism of a stereotype.

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