We’ve pointed out this social trend before, and because it organically makes itself relevant, we will say it again: a distinct trend of “animation” is circulating, and it shows how people desire a particular kind of easily digestible art.
In other words, there’s this format of bite-sized, entertaining “smart-phone content” where an article has, for instance, 36 illustrations made by a particular artist, about a topic that is very relatable. This article is more like a social commentary on this phenomenon.
A Brazilian artist named Crislane Passos has been doing his thing, succeeding by creating comics about a couple characters he created named Max and Julia, who he describes as “a couple hopelessly in love with each other.”
Crislane was going to write a novel based around these characters, but the result was this.
Success coming from a person doing what they love is inherently respectable, but be warned, these illustrations are chock full of cringe. Here are 36 of Passos’ illustrations.
There’s a certain audience that this type of illustration caters to, but for the rest of us, it can have some cringe. The characters visually resemble Disney princes and princesses.
It’s not difficult for the average person to relate to them, which is probably what the artist was going for. His art went viral so he was successful, and it’s a truly positive thing when anyone can achieve that, doing what they’re good at and what they love.
Believe it or not, there’s something positive to be derived from knowing this is an archetypal type of content here in 2019: anybody can find some niche of content that needs to be filled, and they can create something and find a way to make a living doing it.
If a particular form of content is controversial, these days it is more and more difficult to monetize, but with nothing but careful observation of social trends, some intelligence, and hard work, anybody can figure out what content people will support them for, and create it to support themselves.
It requires a culture of people avidly watching things and consuming content to support new, interesting forms of art. This series of illustrations is more like Bored Panda-style content for people to read on their phones, but a renaissance in general is taking place right now.