Sometimes when drawing comics, artists can spend hours creating several panels to tell their stories – but sometimes one panel is more than enough to tell your idea. Comedian Nate Fix is a perfect example of this! The aforementioned artist creates hilarious comics from a single panel, and he is all set to make sure that his works will lift someone’s mood after a very long day.
In an interview with Bored Panda in his latest post, the artist said he’s been drawing since he got his first box of crayons, and that some of his biggest inspirations are the comic strip for Gary Larson’s The Far Side and MAD magazine. I’ve been a cartoonist my whole life. Professionally, I guess you could say I started just over a decade ago, Nate says. “It’s a tough profession, but it’s also the most rewarding one.” The artist says that the best thing about being a solo artist is the freedom to work for oneself.
Once again, Bored Panda reached out to Nate but this time with more questions! First, we asked the artist if he had any major influences in his life that might have helped him develop and refine his style.
“I had a lot of influence from other cartoonists who grew up. The big ones were Gary Larson, Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes, Walt Disney Animation and Jim Davis from Garfield. Currently, I find influence all the time from different people. My parents also gave me a boost. When I was a kid by supplying me with markers and paper. Plus, they never bothered with me for drawing in class instead of paying attention.
Art, in any form, takes a lot of time not only to train but also to produce, so we asked Nate how long it takes him to finish his comics completely.
“So, it’s hard. Of course, I have to write it down first. It can be done in a few minutes or weeks. I have a writing routine, and sometimes thoughts flow like water from a tap. Other times, there’s nothing, and that nothingness is necessary. It’s Part of the creative process. But, well, let’s say I have an idea ready, and it’s time to actually draw! A good, colorful cartoon usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half. A graphic novel page usually takes about 2-3 hours to ink and color.