Back in 2006 I facilitated a workshop in Nepal for members of the human rights commission. At the end of the workshop, participants were asked to complete a written questionnaire and add suggestions that would improve the training. One participant wrote this about me: “The facilitator should smile more.”
It’s true, I should have smiled more. Truth is, I can still smile more. So back in November 2016, I came up with a character who looked like he should smile more. He wasn’t necessarily unhappy, but it looked as though he needed a push to relax and enjoy life a little more. And so began the character Mr. JellyBean, who at the time of his creation was nameless. My wife noted he resembled a jellybean, hence his name.
In 2017, I drew Mr. JellyBean in a series of illustrations highlighting the 16 days campaign to end gender-based violence.
I haven’t kept up with Mr. JellyBean illustrations as much as I’d like, but I hope to someday. In the meantime, here are a few of his more interesting moments.