Vidas Pinkevicius

Vidas Pinkevicius

is creating Pinky and Spiky Comics

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The 
origin of Pinky and Spiky is very obscure. A long time ago we had a practice with my wife Ausra of asking one another in the morning of what kind of animal you want to be today. What kind of animal you feel like being today. If you are feeling great maybe you may be feeling like some happy animal or maybe if you are not feeling great if you are sad maybe some other animal.

Animals carry emotions so we started developing various ideas about those animals and then drawing those two that we were that particular day on the wall calendar on a specific day. And we were doing this for a number of months and years and it seemed very natural. It was like a game for us. So every morning we would draw two different animals. Sometimes a worm, sometimes a bird, sometimes two birds and they would be silent, not talking. It’s not a comic strip but we would put a heart in the middle of them, like one animal loves the other so it was like a secret way of telling each other that we loved each other.

So little by little our favourite animals like hedgehog for me and piglet for Ausra became very natural and this format stuck actually and somehow we fell in love with those two characters. We didn’t know if we should name them. Like imaginary friends we always wanted but then since I started drawing cartoons of hedgehog and piglet, I thought maybe we should give them a name so Ausra came up with those names. Pinky because the colour of her skin is pink so it seemed natural good fitting name and of course Spiky as a hedgehog, he has spikes and sharp needles so we thought this name would be fitting as well. So those two names have this curious and funny history. And it all started from us drawing various animals on the wall calendar. By the way, it’s a very nice practice if you have a spouse or a partner or a friend you can do this every day and this will make you and the other person very happy.

My dad was a painter and my mom is a graphic artist and my aunt actually is a graphic artist too. So, the artistic experience was quite near to me. At least until seventh grade, I also kept drawing together with the students of my mom at school and they brought me to special camps where the students could draw extensively all day long.

But I was being raised as a musician and so actually my mom and dad they took me to school to our gymnasium in order for me to start musical studies but my mom secretly hoped that when I would be old enough I would start maybe transferring into Art Department. So it didn’t happen because I fell in love with the music. First I was a choir conducting major then transferred to the organ world but then my drawing experiences kind of stopped. As with many teenagers right? Kids draw all the time but with adolescence, they start to do what their own peers want to do and they’re ashamed of their childish for example passions and they stopped doing what they loved just a few years ago. So that probably part of why I also stopped drawing but also because my music studies were taking a lot of time.



But a few years ago I started drawing various illustrations for my blog posts about organ music. For example, I would draw a pipe organ facade and write a sentence or two about an idea from the organ world that they liked, or a summary or a phrase or a keyword about some topic that I was writing in that day in that particular article. So basically drawing and writing down ideas became kind of natural to me, like a diary? I started doing this with my organ related activities too because otherwise, I would forget other ideas, right? If I don’t write everything down. And if I just drew an illustration about that, that felt like a simple enough method for me to draw into a mini-notebook which would fit into my pocket.

My medium is very simple. I don’t have a command of digital art at least yet, so what I do is I take a notebook or a piece of paper and I use either pen for drawing lines and either crayon or pastel, oil pastel, for making colours and backgrounds. So that’s my medium for making cartoons. The reason I chose this medium is because it seemed very simple and easy for me to carry all day long. A box of oil pastels. I can put it into my bag or pocket. I can carry it with me and can make my art anywhere I want and anytime I want. That flexibility is quite inspiring for me.

It’s so natural to draw every day for me now because after sixty-seven or sixty-six days it becomes a habit so I don’t have to think about it. I actually feel bad without drawing now, it’s kind of second nature now. It’s kind of organ practice for me too. I feel bad if I don’t play the organ every day and I feel bad if I at least don’t draw a few lines of my favourite characters every day you see. The motto that my dad had was “no day without a line.” He was very hard working and he didn’t wait for an inspiration to come.

His name was also Vidas, like myself and he would paint every single day for as long as I can remember. Actually up until two months before he died. He did it every single day. So this motto seemed quite inspirational to me in many aspects. You can practice organ playing like for musicians for an organist, you can practice writing like for writers or bloggers, you can practice drawing as well every day and once you do that something magical will happen after sixty-six days because your new habit will be formed and you don’t have to even think about it. You will actually feel bad if you have to miss a day and Steemit seems to be very motivating place to share those drawings because if I just kept drawing for myself and never showed to anybody it would seem quite selfish. So I have this idea of sharing my art.

Of course, it involves certain ego, certain idea that you are worthy of sharing your art but you see I am not a trained professional, I am an amateur who just happens to love drawing. But since nobody stopped me from drawing I felt quite motivated to do this every day. And little by little actually Ausra also started drawing too those two our beloved characters, Pinky and Spiky. And very great deal of inspiration came from Dee Marshall Artstorm contests because she would post a theme for every day and lots and lots of people will post their drawings for that day and Ausra and I felt sort of inspired by that because you don’t have to think about what kind of idea you have to draw about, you just follow these schedule which is very creative by the way.



Pinky and Spiky are very dear to me and sometimes I draw them out of noticing things around me. Sometimes other people around me would say some curious things and I will at the end of the day write down those things. And I could make a cartoon or a comic strip out of those few lines that other people said. Sometimes Ausra and I would talk like that. Sometimes I would actually notice in the middle of our conversation that it’s a great idea for a drawing, while we were talking.

And Ausra would do the same too. Sometimes she would quote me, I would quote her, and this conversation would be quite funny at times. So I recommend everybody to start noticing things around themselves. I got this idea from two people I think. I have to mention Seth Godin who was a great inspiration for me as a blogger who recommended that every person should blog every day even though nobody cares, nobody would read the material that this person would create because the practice of writing down things that you notice is pure gold basically. And also his idea about failing in public is so important to me. Because mistakes are not fatal. They are only in our imagination. So that's what I try to do also with my blog.

And then another person is cartoonist Lynda Barry who teaches of course a few courses on making comics and she has published some fantastic books about comic art and she teaches her students to write down like a six or eight minute diary where you would at the end of the day, or in the beginning of the day, you would write down six or eight things you saw, six or eight things you did, and six or eight things you heard as much as possible.

So inevitably a few of those things will be quite curious and sometimes quite funny and you could make drawings and comics all day long if you just kept noticing things. Of course we don’t have that time available to us but it’s I think important to write down things we see, we hear, and we do every day. Then we can choose at least one interesting idea to make a drawing about and share it on Steemit.

So I’m happy to be able to create my Pinky and Spiky cartoons everyday. I do it wherever and whenever I see the opening in my day. In fact, today I made a drawing about how Pinky and Spiky are crashing teddy bear's picnic while waiting at the mechanic’s shop to change the tires of my car. Who knows maybe a new comic about Pinky and Spiky changing car tires will be born...
And if you love these quirky characters, consider taking part in our Weekly Pinky And Spiky Drawing Contest on Steemit. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create.

For more comic strips, please visit my blog on Steemit at steemit.com/@organduo
I’d like to thank Dee Marshall who organizes daily Artstorm drawing contests on Steemit. Her generosity and community building means a lot to me. I also thank all Pinky and Spiky fans on Steemit, especially those who participate in our contest. You make Pinky and Spiky very happy! And most of all I thank my dear wife Ausra, who is an endless source of inspiration to me and to the people around her…

And now I invite you to see what kind of adventures and screw-ups Pinky, Spiky and their imaginary friends are having. I hope the silliness of these animals will put a smile on your face…


Tiers
Pinky
$50 or more per month
Once a month I will create a Pinky and Spiky colored drawing and mail it to you.
Spiky
$100 or more per month
Once a month I will create a Pinky and Spiky comic strip and mail it to you.


The 
origin of Pinky and Spiky is very obscure. A long time ago we had a practice with my wife Ausra of asking one another in the morning of what kind of animal you want to be today. What kind of animal you feel like being today. If you are feeling great maybe you may be feeling like some happy animal or maybe if you are not feeling great if you are sad maybe some other animal.

Animals carry emotions so we started developing various ideas about those animals and then drawing those two that we were that particular day on the wall calendar on a specific day. And we were doing this for a number of months and years and it seemed very natural. It was like a game for us. So every morning we would draw two different animals. Sometimes a worm, sometimes a bird, sometimes two birds and they would be silent, not talking. It’s not a comic strip but we would put a heart in the middle of them, like one animal loves the other so it was like a secret way of telling each other that we loved each other.

So little by little our favourite animals like hedgehog for me and piglet for Ausra became very natural and this format stuck actually and somehow we fell in love with those two characters. We didn’t know if we should name them. Like imaginary friends we always wanted but then since I started drawing cartoons of hedgehog and piglet, I thought maybe we should give them a name so Ausra came up with those names. Pinky because the colour of her skin is pink so it seemed natural good fitting name and of course Spiky as a hedgehog, he has spikes and sharp needles so we thought this name would be fitting as well. So those two names have this curious and funny history. And it all started from us drawing various animals on the wall calendar. By the way, it’s a very nice practice if you have a spouse or a partner or a friend you can do this every day and this will make you and the other person very happy.

My dad was a painter and my mom is a graphic artist and my aunt actually is a graphic artist too. So, the artistic experience was quite near to me. At least until seventh grade, I also kept drawing together with the students of my mom at school and they brought me to special camps where the students could draw extensively all day long.

But I was being raised as a musician and so actually my mom and dad they took me to school to our gymnasium in order for me to start musical studies but my mom secretly hoped that when I would be old enough I would start maybe transferring into Art Department. So it didn’t happen because I fell in love with the music. First I was a choir conducting major then transferred to the organ world but then my drawing experiences kind of stopped. As with many teenagers right? Kids draw all the time but with adolescence, they start to do what their own peers want to do and they’re ashamed of their childish for example passions and they stopped doing what they loved just a few years ago. So that probably part of why I also stopped drawing but also because my music studies were taking a lot of time.



But a few years ago I started drawing various illustrations for my blog posts about organ music. For example, I would draw a pipe organ facade and write a sentence or two about an idea from the organ world that they liked, or a summary or a phrase or a keyword about some topic that I was writing in that day in that particular article. So basically drawing and writing down ideas became kind of natural to me, like a diary? I started doing this with my organ related activities too because otherwise, I would forget other ideas, right? If I don’t write everything down. And if I just drew an illustration about that, that felt like a simple enough method for me to draw into a mini-notebook which would fit into my pocket.

My medium is very simple. I don’t have a command of digital art at least yet, so what I do is I take a notebook or a piece of paper and I use either pen for drawing lines and either crayon or pastel, oil pastel, for making colours and backgrounds. So that’s my medium for making cartoons. The reason I chose this medium is because it seemed very simple and easy for me to carry all day long. A box of oil pastels. I can put it into my bag or pocket. I can carry it with me and can make my art anywhere I want and anytime I want. That flexibility is quite inspiring for me.

It’s so natural to draw every day for me now because after sixty-seven or sixty-six days it becomes a habit so I don’t have to think about it. I actually feel bad without drawing now, it’s kind of second nature now. It’s kind of organ practice for me too. I feel bad if I don’t play the organ every day and I feel bad if I at least don’t draw a few lines of my favourite characters every day you see. The motto that my dad had was “no day without a line.” He was very hard working and he didn’t wait for an inspiration to come.

His name was also Vidas, like myself and he would paint every single day for as long as I can remember. Actually up until two months before he died. He did it every single day. So this motto seemed quite inspirational to me in many aspects. You can practice organ playing like for musicians for an organist, you can practice writing like for writers or bloggers, you can practice drawing as well every day and once you do that something magical will happen after sixty-six days because your new habit will be formed and you don’t have to even think about it. You will actually feel bad if you have to miss a day and Steemit seems to be very motivating place to share those drawings because if I just kept drawing for myself and never showed to anybody it would seem quite selfish. So I have this idea of sharing my art.

Of course, it involves certain ego, certain idea that you are worthy of sharing your art but you see I am not a trained professional, I am an amateur who just happens to love drawing. But since nobody stopped me from drawing I felt quite motivated to do this every day. And little by little actually Ausra also started drawing too those two our beloved characters, Pinky and Spiky. And very great deal of inspiration came from Dee Marshall Artstorm contests because she would post a theme for every day and lots and lots of people will post their drawings for that day and Ausra and I felt sort of inspired by that because you don’t have to think about what kind of idea you have to draw about, you just follow these schedule which is very creative by the way.



Pinky and Spiky are very dear to me and sometimes I draw them out of noticing things around me. Sometimes other people around me would say some curious things and I will at the end of the day write down those things. And I could make a cartoon or a comic strip out of those few lines that other people said. Sometimes Ausra and I would talk like that. Sometimes I would actually notice in the middle of our conversation that it’s a great idea for a drawing, while we were talking.

And Ausra would do the same too. Sometimes she would quote me, I would quote her, and this conversation would be quite funny at times. So I recommend everybody to start noticing things around themselves. I got this idea from two people I think. I have to mention Seth Godin who was a great inspiration for me as a blogger who recommended that every person should blog every day even though nobody cares, nobody would read the material that this person would create because the practice of writing down things that you notice is pure gold basically. And also his idea about failing in public is so important to me. Because mistakes are not fatal. They are only in our imagination. So that's what I try to do also with my blog.

And then another person is cartoonist Lynda Barry who teaches of course a few courses on making comics and she has published some fantastic books about comic art and she teaches her students to write down like a six or eight minute diary where you would at the end of the day, or in the beginning of the day, you would write down six or eight things you saw, six or eight things you did, and six or eight things you heard as much as possible.

So inevitably a few of those things will be quite curious and sometimes quite funny and you could make drawings and comics all day long if you just kept noticing things. Of course we don’t have that time available to us but it’s I think important to write down things we see, we hear, and we do every day. Then we can choose at least one interesting idea to make a drawing about and share it on Steemit.

So I’m happy to be able to create my Pinky and Spiky cartoons everyday. I do it wherever and whenever I see the opening in my day. In fact, today I made a drawing about how Pinky and Spiky are crashing teddy bear's picnic while waiting at the mechanic’s shop to change the tires of my car. Who knows maybe a new comic about Pinky and Spiky changing car tires will be born...
And if you love these quirky characters, consider taking part in our Weekly Pinky And Spiky Drawing Contest on Steemit. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create.

For more comic strips, please visit my blog on Steemit at steemit.com/@organduo
I’d like to thank Dee Marshall who organizes daily Artstorm drawing contests on Steemit. Her generosity and community building means a lot to me. I also thank all Pinky and Spiky fans on Steemit, especially those who participate in our contest. You make Pinky and Spiky very happy! And most of all I thank my dear wife Ausra, who is an endless source of inspiration to me and to the people around her…

And now I invite you to see what kind of adventures and screw-ups Pinky, Spiky and their imaginary friends are having. I hope the silliness of these animals will put a smile on your face…


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Tiers
Pinky
$50 or more per month
Once a month I will create a Pinky and Spiky colored drawing and mail it to you.
Spiky
$100 or more per month
Once a month I will create a Pinky and Spiky comic strip and mail it to you.