Run, run … outrun
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Christopher McDougall, Born to run.
In this illustration – pencil and then ink pens – I have taken inspiration from “Kingdom” Street in Paddington. Instead of people I have decided to draw animal characters.
This is what it feels like for me living in London. Every morning you wake up then run into the jungle and fight to survive. Getting anywhere using the overcrowded public transport is a battle, during the so called “Rush Hour”, sometimes you have to wait 3 trains before you can board.
London is a very competitive and structured city. There is a “manager” for anything so everyone is in charge of something and if not, he will aspire to be in charge of something.
Like in the Animal “Kingdom” I have seen so many sheep scared of wolves that would not speak up in any situation. I went for animal’s characters because they really represent different personalities that you can come across at work. Working in a corporate company you see sharks everywhere, blinded by their own hunger that can attack anything to satisfy their desires. I also believe most people had to deal with a snake at work, those sneaky colleagues that would do anything to progress or to please their bosses. Or a wolf? Those intimidating bosses who need to show their authority at all times in order to achieve leadership through fear. Or a cat boss? Those are the ones who are constantly on your neck, checking all the time what you do or don’t do. There is a beautiful saying in Italian:
When the cat is not there, mice are dancing … 🙂
Not only at work, but generally speaking, we have a lot in common with animals. Although, sometimes they are even better than humans. How many times without being able to control ourselves or knowing why, have we argued with our friends, like cat and dogs. Some people attack, like sharks, and some lay back and adapt to situation, like chameleons. So our society is definitely an Urban Jungle.