We all love to see hilarious cartoons with cynical humor and a twisted ending that no one knows how it’s gonna end until the artist illustrates that for us. It is the best way of seeing the world through someone else’s perspective and it helps us broaden our sense of expectations in a way. One of these artists that brings a type of nonsense and quirky humor is Nate Walker, whose cartoons really surprise you with the turn they take at the end of it. Earthwonders reached out to Nate to learn more about the work he does, and the whole inspiration behind it.
“I have always had a love of cartoons, but always felt cartooning to be a skill outside of my grasp. However, after being exposed to a multitude of comics from web creators, I started to believe it was something I could do as well! I began drawing comics in high school to share with my friends on twitter. After posting them for a while, I was encouraged to share them on other platforms and they began to have a following from there. Throughout college, I developed my drawing skills and humor, and I was eventually contacted to publish my comics in the university newspaper, where I ended up working for two years. I continue to publish my work online on my Facebook and Instagram,” explained the artist.
Since an early age, Nate grew up watching cartoons such as SpongeBob, Ed Edd n’ Eddy, and the Simpsons which helped him shape his humor and come up with the cartoons he creates today. ” When I was exposed to independent webcomic artists like Extra Fabulous Comics, I realized I could try at being a cartoonist as well! I am mostly inspired by the absurd with my comics. The mind naturally sorts thought into varying classes of relevance and importance. In doing so we convince ourselves of a hierarchy of existence, from which some matters are treated with more concern than others. The disruption of these structures enables new connections and perspectives to form, stimulating imaginative thought.
By combining the dissociating aesthetics of cartooning with narratives based in exaggerated cynicism, my work aims to bring subjects of the most common or serious areas of the human condition to the same level as the nonsensical. The tensions created between the whimsy of cartoons and the misfortunes of reality inevitably snap, dissolving preconceived structures of importance. Once these walls are absent, an existential perspective gives way to a humorous reflection on the misguided mind.”
The artist gave a pretty good explanation of the work he does, moreover he shared information on his working process that leads to these unique, funny cartoons he creates. As he says his ideas begin quite randomly inspired by everyday life. From that first thought he continues to build connections that normally wouldn’t be made, and that’s how the idea for a comic forms. “One day I may think of five different comics, and then have no ideas for the next month. I find that the creative process can either be very fun or very frustrating, but overall incredibly rewarding! Illustrating my ideas was a lot more challenging in the early days of drawing comics, but I have had plenty of time to refine my style and now it feels very natural! I have recently been exploring different drawing styles, with hopes of expanding my comic universe and themes!”