Tuesday, 29 May 2012

pumiced you a miracle

Thought I might have missed the boat with this one- it being based on a fad for piscine foot pampering which is no longer that popular (it was when I drew it). Reader's Digest has it in their latest issue.

For some reason I found myself making "arr!" pirate utterances (of the Robert Newton type) as I drew it.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

skinny genes

I'm not sure if I've written on this blog that much about how I draw these things...maybe I have, but I've forgotten- such is the way of old age...sigh.
Anyroadup- wot I do, like, is scribble things into an ancient version of Flash, via an equally geriatric graphics tablet, and then spend ages tidying the resulting mess into something half decent- finished off with a bit of digital watercolour. I can spend hours tweaking a nose- sometimes days amending an elbow- just to get that 'dashed off in a minute' spontaneous feel.
It drives me mental.
But...sometimes…I get lucky- and the initial scritchy scratchy sketch is just right in my mind- such as this one. It's in the latest Prospect magazine.
Think this one took a few minutes.

It's always nice when an editor chooses your stuff- but they have layouts and things to consider- so I suppose it’s understandable that they had to squish and stretch my skinny design into a column width.
What you see above is the original skinny design. With this sort of gag I couldn’t see the point of adding superfluous detail- it’s all about the relationship between the two characters.
I dunno- I s’pose I could have added a sofa or something...?

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Song of the South

Getting a few cartoons in print again- here's one from the most recent Oldie magazine.

Could have done with a pair of running shoes last night- a friend and I ended up legging it around a multi storey car park in Windsor, trying to rescue a wild baby rabbit, who had somehow found his way to the 3rd floor. Yes, it was after visiting the pub, but we were sober, so it was no hallucination.
Brer rabbit was eventually caught- we released him where other rabbits hang out- so it was a happy ending.

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Friday morning was a slightly hungover wander around the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate modern, London
I think he first made an impact on the art scene back in the late 80's/early 90's.
Which is approximately the time I drew this cartoon- I think it appeared in Punch magazine (not 100% sure, though)

Rare work of art this! Ink on paper, rather than computer vector graphic on flat screen monitor