Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Jerry Drave, I’m a vegan artist from Hamburg, Germany. I do character design for films and games, illustration for books and other print media and I also make fine art and draw on walls or big canvases, on live events or commissioned. I donate art to organizations that help animals and our environment.
- You can find my art and comics here:
- Instagram: @jerrydrave and @vegancomics
- Facebook: @VeganComicsJD
- ArtStation: jerrydrave.artstation.com
- Behance: behance.net/Jerry_Drave
- Apart from art, I play the piano and do calisthenics.
What does being vegan mean to you?
To me, veganism is more than a diet. I want to treat others the way I want to be treated, no matter if they are human or non-human animals, so I avoid harming anyone as far as I can.
No one’s perfect, but I do my best to go by this philosophy and it surely benefits everyone, including myself.
I support vegan companies as much as I can, there are many amazing ones already and I’m sure that’s only the beginning.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
I think if you make up your mind what you really want in life, you’ll find there’s always a way to combine that with veganism. For example, I love drawing, so I started drawing comics about veganism, creating something funny that can entertain people but at the same time make them think.
By being vegan you already do a great deal for everyone, and if you feel like you want to help to bring more positive change about, that’s awesome, just make sure it fits your character and passion.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
Just as much as I am towards other vegans or animals. I was a non-vegan, and even though the suffering of animals and our environment is a critical and serious issue and I’d love to see more and more people going vegan, veganism means to me that we don’t draw lines. I know, people do bad things and I don’t support those things. But judging them before talking to them would go against veganism.
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
I’d like to promote The Art Of Compassion Project, where artists from all around the world use their passion and skills to support organizations and projects that help animals in need and endangered species. New artists welcome!
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Froindlichst in Hamburg!Instagram: @froindlichst
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
The best thing you could do is search for information! Be curious and dig for everything you can find on veganism that interests you. Watch documentaries, read books, talk to people (in person or on social media) and just keep informing yourself. Ignorance is what keeps most people from positive changes in their life, for example from going/staying vegan.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
I think Hamburg is pretty cool for vegans, we got some vegan restaurants, you can easily buy your vegan groceries everywhere and there are vegan shops popping up here and there, from food to clothing and cosmetics. There’s definitely a good tendency here!
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
Go to vegan events or events that probably attract vegans, like an animal- or environment-related events. Also, talk to people.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
Only the first few weeks because I dived right in without informing myself. As soon as I did, it got only more interesting to me which lead to studying it even more. And the more I studied this lifestyle, the more I wanted to live this way.