Here is a pic of me at the award ceremony (I came 2nd in a national competition to design a poster to encourage wellbeing for the over 70s). Was fun to get dressed up and have a slap-up lunch! It's a little hard to see the detail on my poster, so I will explain a little. The slogans on it read; "We all have something to give... we all have something to learn... we all have something to teach." The cartoons show seniors doing just that! Several summers ago, I worked at a summer camp for senior citizens and boy did I learn a lot from them! I met people in their late 80s still working in their professions who inspired me no end with their vitality and zest for life. I asked them for their secrets to ageing so fabulously. Doing lots of walking and always having something to look forward to featured large on their list! Speaking of having things to look forward to, I'm off to be a cartoonist in residence again for 3 days next week. Looking forward to catching up again in May and in the meantime, please be in touch if you have a message that you would love to put over in cartoon form or need comic-style illustrations.
It's been an exciting fortnight - I had my first full page of comic in a magazine (whoop! whoop!) and I got home this afternoon to the exciting news that I had come 2nd in a competition to design an A3 poster to promote health and wellbeing for the over 70s. Triple whoop! There is even an awards ceremony to go to - whoop-de-doop! As you may have guessed, my poster uses cartoons to get its message across.
All this excitement means that my afternoon (which was going to involve either drawing a leaflet for child safety week or creating a cartoon for a journal) hasn't been as productive as planned. Still tomorrow is another day!
Despite all this excitement, I am still here to help you - so drop me a line if you have any projects going on which could use a cartoon touch!
The sad part about when I am a cartoonist in residence is that I can't share what I do with you, as the work is private - and, unless you were there, too - it wouldn't really make much sense to you.
However, the happy flipside is that I love being a cartoonist in residence and capturing the essence of an event in picture form. I spent three days this month as cartoonist in residence at a great event, sent my work off into cyberspace as it was going to another country and then got an email back with the words "I love it"! Music to my ears!!!
I'm going to be meeting two cartoon celebs very soon. Zoom Rockman - the teenager with his own page in the Beano and Rutu Modan, author of the wonderful graphic novel, The Property. By the way, until I got into cartoons, I had no idea what a graphic novel was. So, in case like me you thought it was something x-rated, let me put you straight. A graphic novel is an entire novel written as a cartoon. They are very addictive, very compelling and a real treat.
Cartoon novels aren't part of my repertoire just yet, however if you have an important life story you'd love captured in cartoon form, I'd be delighted to create a comic strip for you.
Drop me a line and let's get started!
Happy new year! 2015 has seen the birth of Cartoon Communications. A baby which seemed like the obvious next step after my year of cartooning for charity. While creating my 52 issues of Cartoons 4 Trees, I really began to understand the immense power that cartoon illustrations and comic strips have to tell a story and engage with an audience. I hope that I can help you this year with your projects, be they personal or professional.
2015 has got off to a great start. I spent two days being cartoonist in residence for Dr William Bloom during his fantastic holistic leadership course. I have just met my deadline for a magazine piece in response to the sad killings in Paris earlier this month. I got a "really nice " from the editor which made me smile as happy readers and happy clients are what it's all about.
If there are projects that you would love cartoon illustrations or a comic-strip story for, please drop me a line and tell me about how I can help.