Wednesday, 26 August 2015


People (Oil on canvas, Photoshop)

It's a long time since I posted here and even longer since I contributed to Illustration Friday. So here is my contribution to this week's challenge - People.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Film Lines

This week, the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition asked for something on the subject of  - Film Lines.

[Later]: I'm pleased to announce that this one won First Place in the competition!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Are you trying to be funny ...?

After a very long lay-off from cartooning, or indeed drawing of any kind, I'm back with an entry to the Cartoonists' Forum Competition. This week's challenge was a cartoon using the set caption "Are you trying to be funny ..?" the answer to which is, I guess ... yes, I am.

It's always nice to renew acquaintance with Dr Frankenstein and his Monster.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Daily Star 4 (Late Night Edition)

Pens of Yesteryear

I've been sorting out some of my drawing equipment and in the process uncovered the bottles of ink needed for two of my favourite drawing pens. One was a very small bottle of black Rotring ink for a marker pen I used to draw "Journey" below. I stood the pen up with its reservoir in the ink bottle but even after several hours the nib still wouldn't work, so I binned it (and the bottle).

Better results with the old bottle of Quink and the Osmiroid sketching pen. That's what I used for "Daily Star 3" below and it looks like it works really well. Hurrah. Looking forward to using it again.


"With hope in his heart and all his worldly goods on his back, he set off on his great journey."

An illustration for this week's Illustration Friday topic - Journey.

Thursday, 14 August 2014


This week's challenge from Illustration Friday is : King. I've dug out another cartoon from the Archive (originally done with a sketching fountain pen and ink), changed the caption and run it through Photoshop to colour it.

It's nice to be back on the treadmill.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Proteus Pencil

1B pencil on lined foolscap

Here's something from a long time ago. This is a pencil drawing I did for the cover of a fanzine called PROTEUS, some time in the mid-60s. I'd have traced this onto a wax stencil before cutting through the wax to produce something that could be run off on a duplicator. 

Technology has moved on a bit since then.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Could have gone better.

This week, the challenge from The Cartoonists' Forum Competition was a cartoon using the given caption - Well that could have gone better.

Saturday, 8 March 2014


This week, the Cartoonists' Forum Competition asked for something using the given caption "Of course you know this means war."

I've taken an old fanzine illustration and given it a retread.

Monday, 13 January 2014


This week's entry for the Cartoonists' Forum Competition. The fixed caption was - Thanks.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Xmas

This weekend the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition asked for a cartoon using the caption - "It's exactly what I have always wanted." 

Merry Xmas to one and all.

[Later: This one won second place. So that's quite nice]

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Kitchen Sink

This week the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition asked for a cartoon using the caption - "I can't help feeling I'm missing something." 

This is mine.

Monday, 9 December 2013


I had to complete this in a tearing hurry ("Oh no you didn't!"), but still fell victim to a computer monitor reluctant to wake up after a few days rest. As a consequence, I was too late to join the plethora of pantomime horse jokes in this weekend's Cartoonists' Forum Competition on the theme of - Pantomime.