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Independent artists range in the choice of their medium and subject matter greatly. I find it intriguing whenever I find an artist who can capture my attention in an unexpected way, just as Thomas Wuthrich has done with his humorous way to create relatable pieces of art. Thankfully I had a chance to ask him a few questions about his work in general and what he thinks about working on the Print On Demand Platform, Zazzle.
Here is the short interview I conducted with Thomas recently:
Me: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today, it is a great pleasure toy connect with you.
Tell us a little about your journey to the art you create (amongst other places) on Zazzle today?
Thomas: Many, many years ago, I stumbled across a book at the library about making money writing gags for greeting companies (just the gags). I got pretty good at coming up with, literally hundreds of ways to say “Happy Birthday”, “Get Well Soon”, etc. It was great training. A few years later, I began freelancing gags to cartoonists, including Bill “Lockhorns” Hoest. I would include a little sketch on the 3 X5 cards I’s submit. With encouragement from several cartoonist clients, I began drawing up my own gags and submitting them to magazines. After winning a 5000 US$ grand prize in a cartoon contest by a cigarette company, I was hooked on Cartooning. Even though I have sold lots of toons over the years, I still consider myself to be basically a gagwriter who can draw a little.
Me: What made you choose the name for your pen-name “Swiss”?
Thomas: I choose the pen-name “Swiss”, because my parents had emigrated from Switzerland about 15 years before I was born.
Me: Tell us a little about your style of work.
Thomas: You’ll notice that my toons are simple and uncluttered. Even though I have sold lots of toons over the years, I still consider myself to be basically a gag writer who can draw a little
Me: Judging by the quality of work you provide, I say you are a lot more than that. Thank you for this interview.
Check out Thomas Wuthrich’s cartoons out on Zazzle at “Swiss Toons” right now!
P.S. Are you an artist interested in sharing your art on Zazzle? Check out my article “Why Designing Zazzle Paper Products Is A Good Idea”