Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Instinct - Illustration Friday

Sometimes something just feels right… or wrong…

Intuition is the ability to know things without reasoning or inferring… simply put… you just know something to hold truth. Right now our economy is a mess. We know this. We can't help but knowing this. Everywhere we go we are told how bad things are. And while it may be true, I think most of what we are dealing with is greed. Unfortunately, due to the Bush bailout and the Obama stimulus package those who created this mess don't have to live with the consequences of their greed. The banks and financial institutions who got more and more creative in their interpretation of the laws and basic good sense are now the happy recipients of our money. The automakers who refused to look at the big picture and keep mass-producing SUVs and trucks are facing ruin and the gift of our money. Then there are our neighbors who made a bundle flipping real estate… who bought way more than they could afford… who drive those big SUVs because we are Americans dammit and have the right… the stock traders who drive Wall Street with rabbit's feet and fly balls…

And through it all… good people suffer… hard working people lose their jobs because someone higher up in the food chain got greedy or lazy or just plain stupid… people who made good decisions and saved and didn't double and triple mortgage their houses to buy a new car or take a trip now get to pay the mortgages of our neighbors…

And through all of it… our intuition tells us that this is all very, very wrong… does anyone have an answer?

21 comments:

eachean said...

It's not just my spidey-sense that's tingling!

theartofpuro said...

Spidey is great and your illo is fantastic,about problems....is the same here

Duncan said...

Great illustration, but to answer your question ... erm .....

ArtSparker said...

On the other hand...I had money in the stock market, now half gone - but when it was going up, I was quite happy - and I was/am neither more nor less virtuous than the next person. That tide (bubble) lifted a lot of boats. Canada is apparently in relatively good shape - banking is very regulated there.

Great spiderman/anime illustration.

Tomás Serrano said...

Great drawing and true words.

Amy C said...

great illustration to go with your true words.

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoops, he's missing a glove. Perhaps he dropped it down his pants? Great Spidey!

sigh. Why can't our foresight be as good as our hindsight.

studio lolo said...

Hopefully things will turn around soon...just like your Spiderman dude.

I'm hearing you though, and feeling the pain.

Teri C said...

What a great illo but I sure don't have any answers just more questions.

yoon see said...

Wonderful illustration Michael.
Yeah, how true but problems are everywhere, just how creative one resolve it. There must be a solution:)
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Alex said...

Great illo Michael...

Bobo said...

Erm... your spiderman looks pretty silly (sorry if I'm wrong), maybe a kick on his butt would make you feel better?

P/S: If those genii from renowned institutes can create such a mess, nothing I can say!

Tom said...

Thanks for your comment... great drawing.

Michael O'Connell said...

thanks to all of you who have visited and for the kind words… i keep finding myself ranting about the state of our economy… but it is only because i feel most of us are fine and if we are suffering, it is at the hands of the greedy…

and for all of you (Bobo) who think Spiderman looks off… well, it isn't really Spidey… it's just a little boy in his Spiderman pajamas who has found that a little bit of Spidey sense goes a long way…

hang in there true believers!

Michael O'Connell said...

and Bella… I hoped someone would catch me on the missing glove!

Katie said...

I love your spidy man, and his little rear end showing. Great detail and color. About the economy...I've never felt so helpless in my entire life. Do you ever watch Oprah? Yesterday, she had a journalist on her show who talked about the people who were forced out of their homes and into tent villages. It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. Meanwhile, wall street goes and gets high dollar spa treatments because they are so stressed. Sorry so long.

Anonymous said...

sad thing is michael there is no answer. there will always be greed in the world as such we will always have problems as these. trick is to see beyond the mess and know it will all work out in the end.
Great spidy toon looks like he has a bit of a draft
blowing in his back door. michael dailey

Brine Blank said...

Great illo...and nice rant! Glad to see that the blame is being passed around equally...Dems and Reps are BOTH guilty in this mess...Presidents and Congress alike...

Jack Foster said...

Great illustration. Did he lose his glove in the flap? :) Great detail and color!

isay said...

i like that a little of his rear end is showing! lovely work and terrific colors!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Poor boy! well at least he doesn't have a thong on he he he he! This is too cute. I love it! great illustration. you never ever disappoint!!!