Q&A: Augusta cartoonist talks bringing artwork to Athens | Arts & Society

Sprinkled all-around downtown Athens, you may have stumbled across one of quite a few cartoon drawings by Augusta artist Jacob Boland.

Boland has invested the earlier calendar year of the pandemic developing: making guides, creating cartoons and generating new approaches to experience public art. Boland will work as a image and movie trainer at the Jessye Norman University of the Arts, and he describes his cartoons as whimsical and rubbery.

Boland works on a range of jobs in Augusta, Athens and Savannah. In these downtown spots, he places up cartoon drawings on cardboard canvases on making partitions and lampposts for passerby to admire or get.

The Pink & Black spoke with Boland about his artwork and its effects.

The Purple & Black: What has the reaction to you placing up art in downtown areas been?

Jacob Boland: It really is been generally favourable, which I actually am happy about. When I initial begun putting [up art] I learned pretty rapidly that some of the aged guards did not like it at all. They would occur and toss it or rip it up. But sooner or later, persons would discover [pieces of my art] and they would possibly take them residence or they would place them in their retailer windows or guiding the counter at a bar. And as I’ve been heading to Athens more and extra on the weekends, I see art that I produced two or 3 months prior and [it’s] in a keep window now. [I’m] viewing much more and much more people opening up to it.

R&B: Was there a time wherever you didn’t put up any artwork since you didn’t assume anyone would want to see it?

JB: Yeah, unquestionably. I have a gigantic box of art likely again to 2007 or 2006. Via all these containers are things that I never shared with any person, I would just draw. I assume probably the only people today that would see it were being my co-workers.

R&B: What made you change your intellect?

JB: It seems silly but two items transpired.I was likely by means of a definitely lousy breakup. Then the next matter was proper around that exact same time I got into a really lousy wreck. That’s the place I [decided] I wanted to get my [art] out there. Because if I were being to get strike by one more vehicle or just about anything like that, they would just uncover this box of artwork, and they would be like ‘I didn’t even know what he was executing.’ [After] the break up, [art] type of assisted me get more than things exactly where I was like, ‘Alright, effectively I need to just do the job on myself and work on bettering who I am.’ So those two aspects had been portion of why I commenced drawing. Most importantly, it was just because I experienced containers and packing containers of stuff, and it was not heading any place. I started to see that it gave folks pleasure and smiles and laughter and I [thought it was] definitely critical. So I retain accomplishing this.

R&B: As a teacher, what strategies about art do you include in the classroom?

JB: I kind of instilled the plan that what you make should really be exceptional. It should be your own ideas. And most importantly, you need to have entertaining carrying out it. I know a large amount of artists that grind it out day by day, and they just get burned out. I assume as extended as you are obtaining exciting with it, and as very long as each and every day you happen to be executing some thing distinctive, I don’t think I really don’t think you are going to ever get burned out on it.

R&B: What do you hope persons will do when they discover your art?

JB: A ton of folks that uncover my artwork are doing work all working day, performing some form of meals and beverage work, and they are just exhausted and they are going for walks by means of their vehicle and they see this tiny drawing. And it lights up their complete working day. I think that is definitely wonderful. I do not like the concept of art getting to just be in a gallery place. I like [the idea of] artwork getting out there for some others to see, and others to contact and really feel.

This Q&A was edited for duration and clarity