posted: March 31, 2007
Even though been short has had a big effect in my life, in the development of my personality and probably a HUGE effect in my artistic development, I declined to participate, and I don't remember even why. A couple of days ago I stumbled upon the finished film in Edan's blog.
It is very touching and I am sorry not to have participated in it. In the film a teenager who is short says the smartest line: "I know when I'll be a grown up everything is going to be ok and height won't be that important anymore, but I want to be taller NOW, when it matters" That sentence carries the pain of the short male teenager which is stronger than any rational and logical existential thinking.
Height is still an issue in a funny way in our household since Jakub my 13 year old son is now way taller than me. (and of almost everybody else in his class, in adition to being a real hunk) I am obviously SO happy he is not going through the same pain I went as a teenager and yet every now and then I find myself telling him: 'dorothy' beware: while you are basking on your popularity, the 'short', the 'nerds' and all the other non-popular in the social periphery might be just working harder than you and eventually they'll get their 'revenge'.
If I need to connect all this to illustration..I must say that I have always noticed the high percentage of short illustrators and caricaturists. Does anybody know of a caricaturist who was the quarterback or the captain of the high school team?
Here's 'Short', the film, it is in Hebrew with English subtitles. http://www.notes.co.il/alterman/27320.asp