People don’t want you to fix their problems…

“People don’t want you to fix their problems, they want you to understand their burden.” – Me!

Allow myself to draw…myself…

I’ve been in a comic writing intensive course for about a month and one of the interesting things to me is how much you need to understand about a character before you start writing about them. Rarely does a character just solve all of their problems using the simplest and most obvious solution – they generally have to overcome hurdles before they can do the things they need to do to arrive at the conclusion.

I found an interesting parallel with that and Jesus meeting with the woman at the well. She didn’t run back to tell everyone “I met a man who fixed all of my problems” – she said “I met a man who told me everything I ever did.” (John 4) Maybe she just needed someone to understand her? Was it comforting for her to know that Jesus really knew her and why she had done the things she had done? In trying to be more like Jesus, maybe that looks a lot less like me having all the answers and a lot more like me being more empathetic.

At any rate; this is the advice I’m giving myself. 

And yes, I was very kind to my bald spot with this drawing. 😅

By Paul Mignard

Illustrator and Sketchnoter. I prefer pizza over tacos. I like to draw things without fur much more than things with fur. When presented with two choices I pick the one that's less complicated.