Hola Minions! Welcome to another pencil pounding episode of Man vs. Art.
In today’s podcast I talked about the differences between drawing for Cartoons and drawing for Illustrations. I also offered up a few little exercises for you Minions to help prime your pump when your creative juices are dry. There’s nothing worse than having artist’s block!
Man Vs. Art Minion Jose Gonzalez has been cool enough to bust out his nomination for the Pantheon of Awesomeness!
The OG Mad Scientist Nikola Tesla!
In his own words here’s why!
Pantheon of Awesomeness Nomination: Nikola Tesla
Croatian born, Nikola Tesla, is one of the unsung heroes of the last century. His name has been virtually buried by those who write history. You know who you are.
Big industry, and money interests had silenced his name, but Tesla will live in history as the man that brought electricity to the world. To Edison’s dismay, after taking Tesla for a “ride” (he didn’t pay up!), Tesla invented an efficient and affordable method to bring power to the households of the world. What we today call, AC (Alternating Current). He was the first to harness hydroelectric power. And get this! He invented radio before Marconi! We can thank him for “wireless” in all its forms! That TV remote control, that cell phone, that wi-fi, your electric shaver, pacemakers, car ignitions, microwave ovens, satellite TV, even that massage thingy in special catalogs and stores, for all these modern conveniences and more, we have Tesla to thank in one way or another.
His work spoke of solar power, wireless energy delivered by satellite, cars powered by antennas, and more. Many of his incredible discoveries and inventions did not see the light of day, but will probably be unveiled by others. Where are all those ideas? You may want to ask Edgar J. Hoover and his boys. It is said they dropped by his place to clean up right after he passed away.
Tesla was an honest man, with the best interests of humankind in mind. He even ripped up his contract with Westinghouse, the only big company that backed him up, when it fell on hard times. What a guy!
But sadly, fearing monetary loss from his triumphs, big companies blocked his progress at every turn. Ask J.P. Morgan. This is history, folks. You can find most of his story on the web. I’m sure his best ideas are still hidden in some archive, being secretly researched. Who knows how many of them have been secretly exploited he passed away.
He died in poverty, alone, and tortured by illness. I believe we owe him more than we can imagine. This is why I nominate Nikola Tesla to the Pantheon of Awesomeness. You may hear from him in the future. He said: “Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine”
Keep your eyes open, folks!
On a side note I just celebrated my 38th birthday on September the 5th and a couple of friends hooked me up with some birthday cartoon love!