We at A&D can never get tired of Anton Gudim’s thought-provoking comics; hence we would like to share his newest work in the “YES, BUT” series.
Although this Moscow-based illustrator is best known for his commentary on our society from the main account, his side project “YES, BUT” is gaining popularity fast. Gudim’s two-panel comics capture our human contradictions so perfectly that his fans decided to get in on the fun. So, if you ever come across any real-life inconsistencies, feel free to share them with this artist, and maybe your find will be featured in the “YES, BUT” account stories.
‘Yes, But’ Instagram account now has almost a million followers. Therefore we got in touch with the author to learn how it makes him feel to have so many people gravitate toward his comic. He shared: “First of all, I want to thank everyone interested in my work for the feedback. My comics are about what I see around me, about incidents from my life, about observations, and given that my life cannot be called “unusual,” so I’m not surprised that many people face the same problems or situations. It’s also very nice to see when you’re not alone and when people worldwide can feel the same way. Of course, some of my drawings may be less understandable to most, and this is also absolutely normal because even though we are all similar, we can look at things differently. We can have a different sense of humor,” shared Gudim.
You might not know this, but Gudim has already published four books, and one of them, luckily, is in English called “Everyday Absurdities.” “This book is a small summary of all my creative work: we have been choosing drawings for it for a long time, and preparing for publication took about six months. The publisher and I shared our thoughts on how each of us sees this book until we finally came to a common form and content. The book turned out to be quite heavy and voluminous: inside it are several years of my detailed work. By the way, you can find it on Amazon if you are suddenly interested in buying”, wrote Gudim.
Publishing books and making new content takes time, effort, and, obviously, ideas. Therefore, we wanted to know how many comics Gudim makes weekly. He shared: “A few years ago, I would have answered: about two comics a week, but now the situation is a little different. I have a second project (Yes, But (you could see it)), I still get commissions for commercial illustrations, and I also do some of my drawings in animation form (and since I have little to no animation skills, this process can take several days). Given all this, my answer would be almost every day. I draw something almost every day; I don’t have clear days off. Even during the holidays, I can draw something on the plane or in the hotel room. I can’t say that this rhythm is tiring because I feel that I can stop at any moment, but if I don’t draw for 1-2 days, I already want to draw again,” shared Gudim.
And lastly, Gudim added: “I hope that you will not be too critical of what I do. Although, perhaps, the Internet was created specifically for this. Comics/drawings/creativity is as much a part of our life as trees, sky, and birds, and I like being inside them. All I want is to invite you to the world that I created, and maybe it will give you a little joy, distract you from problems, make you think, or inspire you to creativity. Thank you for your time!”
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