Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lemon drizzle

A cartoon of mine in the current Private Eye. It has no clever satirical message. Just a bit of daftness...about human sacrifice.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Don't be scared

The world has seen some unexpected events recently- Abba writing new songs- the two Koreas getting cosy...and now an even bigger shock: I have drawn some cartoons!
A couple of mine are in the current Private Eye, and refer to social media, and phone technology.
One being Instagram- a form of showing off with electronic airbrushing of the mundane.
The other relating to amateur videos of shocking moments posted online- usually followed by outraged comments by people whose main concern is that the camera was held vertically, rather than horizontally.







Monday, 29 January 2018

Quack

Here's a nearly new cartoon.
The Spectator magazine took this one a week or so back.



Friday, 12 January 2018

Lady Jane, Don't leave me hangin' on the line...

I know it's a bit of a rarity, but here is a new cartoon for the new(ish) year.
A fun cartoon about the beheading of a 16 year old girl.
Hmm...sorry.


How did this one come about??
One of my favourite paintings in London's National Gallery is Paul Delaroche's 'The Execution of Lady Jane Grey'.

This is from the gallery's website:
"Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for just 9 days until she was driven from the throne and sent to the Tower of London to be executed.
Jane became queen after the death of her cousin, Edward VI in 1553. As a Protestant, Jane was crowned queen in a bid to shore up Protestantism and keep Catholic influence at bay.
The plan didn't work. Jane's claim to the crown was much weaker than Edward VI's half sister Mary. Mary, a Catholic, had popular support and soon replaced Jane as queen.
Lady Jane Grey was executed at Tower Green on 12 February 1554. She was just 16 years old.
In this painting, she is guided towards the execution block by Sir John Brydges, Lieutenant of the Tower. The straw on which the block rests was intended to soak up the victim's blood. The executioner stands impassive to the right and two ladies in attendance are shown grieving to the left.
The painting was exhibited in Paris at the city's famous Salon in 1834, where it caused a sensation
."
 
BBC4 recently broadcast a prog about her:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ltzsm

Anyway- back to me and my cartoon.
I had this painting in mind when Prince Harry's future missus was in all the papers recently- and there seemed to be loads of features along the lines of 'Public goes wild over Meghan's new coat'.

Private Eye took this one- many thanks to them as always.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Not shoddy

It's coming up to that time of year when we disappoint our nearest and dearest with shoddy gifts.
Yup- Christ's birthday is almost upon us.

This book will make a wonderful Christmas present




I have a couple of cartoons in it- but don't worry, the rest of the book is quite good.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

V&A


Sorry for the lack of posts.
I will try to be a bit more communicative now that I have a few things to blether on about.

I was asked recently to donate one of my cartoons to the Victoria And Albert museum's new collection of Private Eye cartoons.
As they put it: "The Private Eye cartoons would form one of the V&A's extensive collections of original drawings, building upon our collection of historic caricature and satire."

Which is nice.

And thankfully they were happy to receive digital drawings (y'know- what with me only drawing on a computer)

The cartoon they wanted was this 'ere one, from a few years back


(In case you don't know- I have ripped off Raphael's 'School of Athens' painting)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

See Spot Run- Run! Run! agghh!!!

I like to go out for a run every now n then.
There is lake near me.
The path around it is a good route.

Dogs are friendly...aren't they.
Mostly.





This appeared in The Spectator magazine the other week.