Happy has been a big theme for October as the wonderful non-profit organisation Action For Happiness have been using my doodles in their social media campaign to help them raise £100k through crowdfunding to roll out their spectacular 8-week positive psychology course (which I am privileged to have done) both around the country and around the world. The cartoons come from a longer comic strip I did summarising key learnings from the "Creating A Happier World" event which had HH The Dalai Lama as its keynote speaker (along with various luminaries from the worlds of positive psychology and spirituality). Below is a cartoon snippet for you to enjoy - or if you want to see the longer version, go to the Cartoonist In Residence page of this site.
Some occasions demand large-scale cartoons and it was with great delight I painted a cartoon-style mural on the walls of a pop-up shop in East London in September for the two-week Wanstead Art trail. You can read all about the mural and the community project behind it right here. And just for fun, here are a few pictures.
Colouring for grown ups seems to be the new trend. The stands in the bookstores are full of colouring books that promise that by getting some nice coloured pens and colouring in their designs you will colour your way to happiness and Zen-like calm. Some of my positive psychology friends swear by colouring. Others I know use it to help them sleep at night. So, I chuckled when I got this feedback from a black and white cartoon I did when I was a cartoonist-in-residence in August at a course on facilitation skills. "This is absolutely brilliant! I have already shared it with my co-facilitators for a workshop we’re doing on Friday and told them that their homework is to print it out and colour it in!"
Now, that's my kind of homework! And what a great way for participants on any course to get some added learning and reinforcement. Viva colouring!