Art is definitely the best way to tell a story or raise awareness on a certain matter. One person who has been able to create the best out of that, it’s the artist Ademar Vieira, who has started making comics from a very young age. His work raises awareness upon a lot of global matters, such as : plastic waist, Covid-19, social issues and so much more. Earthownders reached out to Ademar to ask him more about his work.
“I’ve always made comics for myself, when I was a child, but the career of a comic artist always seemed distant to me. After finishing high school, I spent 15 years away from art, returning only when I abandoned journalism and started working as a screenwriter. That change took me closer to illustration and comics. In 2015, I went back to drawing and took some courses in painting and drawing. I did some experiments in various styles until I reached what felt like my own natural style,” shared the artist.
The artist said that the raw material of his stories is life. Some are things that he experienced, others things are the result of observing the world around him. What inspires Ademar are themes that he finds himself talking about or thinking about. Some of these themes are opinions, views or things that bother the artist somehow, like social inequality and everything bad that comes from it.
When it comes to create these comics, artist speaks up his mind about discussions that he considers necessary to the world, and he hopes to make more people think about these topics. “First, I think about the theme and then the message I would like to convey. Then, I mentally try to fit this into the shape of the strips. It’s at this point that many are discarded because they require the need for balloons or texts. When everything goes well, I draw on paper within 10 frames and, if everything is fine, I move the process to the computer. The whole process usually takes more than 10 days in my current routine.“
Below we made a selection of some of his work with which many people worldwide relate to the creator’s opinion.
“Today, we are totally dependent on plastic. Every year, it saves millions of lives in the world, thanks to its application in medicine, safety and other important things. It is in the communication devices, transportation and in everything that makes our life easier, so I am not saying that everyone should stop consuming plastic products, but rather, make us think: When are we going to start taking the problem of plastic in the environment seriously? When will industries start using more environmentally friendly and/or alternative products? This comic strip is called “Plastic” and I dedicate it to people who are genuinely trying to solve this problem.”
2. What really matters
“This comic strip is called ‘What really matters’ and I dedicate it to all families that have love.”
3. The river
“For many indigenous cultures, a river is not a natural resource, but a living entity with personality. In some cases, he is considered a close relative, so he is treated with respect. The indigenous’s connection with nature is so strong that he cannot exist without it. That is why this comic strip is called “The River” and at the same time it tells the story of a river, it also tells the story of several indigenous peoples in Latin America.”
4. Heroes of Health
“This comic strip is called “Heroes of Health” and I dedicate it to all the professionals who gave their lives and continue giving to the fight against Covid-19.”
5. The Delivery Boy
“This comic strip is called “The Delivery Boy” and I dedicate it to all the professionals who gained great importance during the pandemic, but don’t have guaranteed basic rights.”