| Azaraimy HH |
BORNEO Bull’s Eye, a popular cartoon published in the Borneo Bulletin, generally known for its humourous depiction of the antics of modern-day human behaviours recently reached its 1,000th publication.
Lest you do not know, the man behind this comical ‘BORNEO BULL’S EYE’ series is actually a chemical engineer by qualification, who is currently holding a senior managerial position at Brunei Shell Petroleum, and responsible for hundreds of men in the offshore oil platforms.
He is Rahim Jait, who draws under the pseudonym ‘CuboiArt’.
Rahim said although he draws for the fun of it, it does require work, especially while ensuring the cartoons are relevant to current social affairs or issues in the country, and to deliver it in an attractive and humourous way.
“People must feel some connection to the drawings, only then would it attract people’s attentions,” Rahim said.
“To be able to come out with the drawings, I must make myself read a lot, keep myself socially updated, hear a lot of what’s going on, what issues or matters people are currently talking about or things that people are doing, and then find the funny element to it,” he added.
More often than not, he finds himself coming out with a lot of drawings before finally producing a piece that is good for publication, or before he sends it to the Borneo Bulletin editorial.
“It is up to the Bulletin to publish my work or not, but I have worked closely with the editors and they know my work quite well, so thankfully most of the time it gets published,” he said.
“It didn’t actually occur to me that it has now reached its 1,000th publication, but that has encouraged me to make another thousand,” he said.
Before pursuing Chemical Engineering, Rahim studied at an Arabic school. He is married to a senior medical officer consultant at RIPAS Hospital and has a daughter – who is now picking up drawing as a hobby like his father.
With his work at the oil industry and his hobby as a cartoonist, Rahim seems to be a very busy man.
However, his wife said that Rahim actually spends more time being an attentive father to his daughter than on his drawings.
Rahim mentioned that it is important to draw a line between work and family. Also by spending a lot of time with his family, relatives and friends, he can keep his ideas for his drawings up to date and current.
He believes people are now living in a very busy and demanding world, so it is easy to forget that what they are doing at certain times may not be relevant or detrimental.
“For example, some people spend a lot of time on Facebook and WhatsApp, reading a lot of messages, photos and videos on those social apps. And they always feel the need to respond to them. People can easily waste a lot of their time unnecessarily in these sorts of things.
“As a result, whether a person is still studying or currently working, their productivity is not optimised. This is an example of modern human behaviour – in the midst of modernity, we are unconsciously doing things that may not even be relevant to ourselves,” Rahim added.
Interestingly, Rahim also believes that no one is born with a talent. He believes talent is something that a person must acquire and work on.
“A pianist spends a lot of hours playing the piano before he can become a great pianist. No one is born able to play like Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert. They work for it a lot,” he further commented.
Rahim says he is not a good cartoonist and is still learning to become one.