Written by Paul McCartney for the The Beatles 1968 "White Album", Blackbird is associated with the Civil Rights movement. While this is a subject Paul McCartney has addressed in numerous interviews, I think the song can also act as a metaphor for personal struggle, not just racial.
It's easy to succomb to personal set backs, whether it's in a career, a relationship or even financial, but we really have to ? Alexander Graham Bell said " When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/when_one_door_closes-another_opens-but_we_often/12671.html)
"Take these broken wings and learn to fly....
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise...
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see...
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free...
Black bird fly... Into the Light of the dark black night...
Full lyrics can read here... https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beatles/blackbird.html
So when dealt an unfortunate set of circumstance, ask yourself if it's really an opportunity instead. Is this indeed the moment you've been waiting for ? Even better, is this chance going to come again ? The New Year is supposed to be a time for renewal, commitment and rejuvenation. So my promise to myself, and feel free to do the same if you haven't already, is to take your wings, broken or not, and learn to fly... and to recognize, that yes perhaps you have been, all your life, waiting for this moment to arise.
Happy New Year everyone.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.