As a creative, I’ve found it’s helpful to illustrate or put my surroundings down on paper, visually, so I can make sense of the ins and outs of day-to-day life. Many of my friends swear by having a sketchbook on hand all the time to jot down ideas that come up unexpectedly. How do you keep up with the millions of thoughts you have in a day? Sketchbook? Notepad? Other?
My sketchbook is my blog Darcel Disappoints. It began as a way to remember all my thoughts about my New York when I first moved here and has additionally become a testing ground for new ideas. Darcel is my way of simplifying things, focusing more on the message rather than technique.
What inspired Darcel as a character? He’s not unlike an anti-hero. I love that he portrays this spirit who sees city life for what it, unfortunately, can be. Does he help you deal with less than stellar emotions about New York?
Ultimately I think what makes Darcel appealing is that he’s very relatable. Darcel isn’t a fantasy character that lives on a rainbow with butterflies as friends, rather he lives in a crappy apartment, he has to line up for his coffee everyday, and he gets beaten down occasionally by the relentlessness of New York – just like anyone else that lives here. I remember a friend referring to our group of friend as ‘eggs on stilts’, basically out of shape bodies stuffed into skinny jeans which is where the look of Darcel himself came from, ha. So yes, Darcel is me, sort of, everything he’s done on the blog is something I’ve done in some form or another.