Friday, December 24, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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A pretty fresh strip this week - No. 3846 from yesterday! Good old Health and Safety - a real gift for cartoonists. (A responsibly wrapped gift with no sharp edges, obviously). Remember the good old days when you could smoke at a petrol station while juggling chainsaws and eating asbestos? Gone forever, I imagine....

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cartooning in Turkey

 In 2006 I was invited over to Turkey along with some other FECO UK cartoonists to take part in a Children's Rights cartoon project - here's part of the article I wrote for Foghorn at the time.



Ankara, the bustling capital of Turkey, was the venue for the first ‘Cartoon and Children’s Rights’ Project. FECO UK’s Roger Penwill, Andy Gilbert, Ian Ellery, Alex Noel Watson and Tim Harries were invited along to take part.

ARRIVAL
We arrived, bleary eyed at around 4.30am on Thursday 11th May. After a couple of hours sleep we met our wonderful translator Poyzan and our thoroughly excited project co-ordinator Emrah and before you can say “I’ll just have some soup”, we were whisked off to ‘Brunch’. This was the first in a long line of never ending meals! After being fed and watered, we enjoyed the first meeting with our gracious host Nezih Danyal at his Cartoon Foundation headquarters. Sightseeing followed (including a visit to a beautiful Mosque) and after a quick rest, we were out again for a meal and a chance to get to know the Turkish cartoonists (Tan Oral, İzel Rozental, Kamil Masaracı, Semih Poroy and Muhammet Şengöz) and the other co-ordinators including our invaluable guide Tuba and Nezih’s wife Hulya . Back at the hotel, there was time for a nightcap and then the chance to get some rest and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....


WORKSHOP ONE
Ok, now we had to actually do some work. Heading for the British Council, we marveled at the unique traffic systems and the drivers ability to fit a minicab through any gap. Having arrived safely, we made our way to the Council’s offices and the workshop began, ably chaired by Dr Serdar Değirmencioğlu. Ideas were discussed, thoughts aired and opinions given. And drawings. We made lots of drawings! Seeing everyone’s work at the end of the session was an enlightening and enjoyable experience - learning how different cartoonists can interpret the same subjects.



WORKSHOP TWO
Again, we headed to the British Council, making time there to chat to ‘big cheese’, Chris Brown. He said very nice things about cartoonists, so naturally we allowed him to have his picture taken with us. The workshop was once again a great experience - we picked some different aspects of children’s rights to discuss and set about illustrating the points raised - everyone was eager to get drawing in this session, so the talk was kept to a minimum and we tried to let the cartoons speak for themselves. It was fun to see the Turkish cartoonists furiously scribbling away when English was being spoken, and we doing likewise at the first sound of Turkish. Scribble scribble..

Everyone gathers for the group shot.

SIGHTSEEING
Inbetween eating our own bodyweight in food every mealtime, we were ferried around the sights of Ankara. Poyzan, Tuba and Emrah were excellent and most accommodating guides, answering our questions and helping with any translations. We managed to visit Ataturk’s Mausoleum - a vast, impressive monument to the founder of modern Turkey, the Ankara Museum, containing an array of treasures, and the vertigo inducing Ankara Castle which afforded quite spectacular views of the city from its walls.

KIDS WORKSHOPS
Now this was fun! We headed to the Kavaklıdere Art Gallery for the Kids Workshop - a chance to interact and draw with the children of Ankara. This is where Andy really came into his own. Before we’d even had a chance to sharpen our pencils, Andy had leapt into action, immediately sitting down with a large group of toddlers who within minutes were following his every word. (I really don’t think a translator was needed!) He worked hard with them and it was a joy to watch as they followed his guidance, drawing funny faces. The photos really show the great time they had. The rest of us were busy too, drawing for a slightly older crowd. Despite the language barrier, we could work out what they wanted to draw - usually robots or dinosaurs. Or robot dinosaurs.
The gallery was also the setting of a presentation, with each cartoonist receiving a Cartoon Foundation crystal award from Nezih. As he was fond of saying, it was ‘Laaahvely’

Andy Gilbert takes a cartoon class with the local kids.
The next day an early morning call got us out of the hotel at 6.30am and as Emrah waved us goodbye, we made a plan for 2007. Pretend we’re a different county every year and keep coming back. Shhh ...don’t tell anyone.

Thanks to Nezih, everyone at the Cartoon Foundation and all who made this a Turkish trip to remember!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Here's the last Bloke of 2010. I donned posh attire for a recent 'Murder Mystery' themed night - here I am as the aristocratic Sir Guy Willard. Good fun to take part in, though my refined English accent kept slipping back into purest Pontypridd. Tallyho, isn't it...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cartoon Advice

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This strip is featured in the latest issue of the CCGB's mag 'The Jester'.  Hopefully Bob will be giving his wise advice in future issues too. 

Remember, the sure way to cartooning success is The Scrimshaw Way. Or possibly not... 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Festive Foghorn Cartoon

"Honestly Roger! You join the bomb squad and 
suddenly everything's a suspicious package"

Here's a cartoon that's done the spec cartoon rounds a few times with no takers - perhaps it's that magical combination of Christmas and bombs that's the problem. Tsk... 

Anyway, you can't keep a good cartoon down, so it's featured in the latest issue of Foghorn Magazine, a publication from the Professional Cartoonists Organisation. You can find out more details about Foghorn, buy a yearly sub and read online back issues if you click on Bloghorn

Foghorn 48 cover cartoon by Surreal McCoy

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3532 from Dec 2009. Snow has finally reached Newport - proper crunchy underfoot snow, so I'll be staying in and avoiding the scenario above. Actually, as I type this it's also blazing sunshine. C'mon weather, get a grip!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday Cartoon

Just a quick Bloke this week. I still haven't decided if that's a small moustache under his nose or just his philtrum. Isn't philtrum a great word? I plan to use it a lot more in conversation.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday's Random Calendar Cartoon - Computers

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Festive themed computer cartoon this week! I drew this back in June 2009 which was probably quite warm and not very Christmassy. Had to do a bit of 'Method Cartooning' when drawing this. Perhaps I sketched it while sitting in the fridge. Ho ho ho....


Friday, December 10, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3334 for May 2009. I think the phone call to the police from a woman reporting a stolen snowman reminded me of this strip. Perhaps the carrot nose was a family heirloom.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wacom Tablet Cartoon

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Here's something from 2005 (I think!) for The Jester, the monthly publication of the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain. I drew quite a few cartoons about the club and cartooning in general for Jester over the years and will post some of them on the blog. (wipes away nostalgic tear....)

For any non gag-cartoonists wondering, the 'Sorry try Punch' was a reference to Private Eye rejection slips.
For any non cartoonists, a Wacom is a graphics tablet - more info at the Wacom site

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

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I dug out some old sheets of Letratone to stick on this week's SLBloke. I'd been talking with some other cartoonists about using the stuff and remembered I'd kept a few sheets. Always found it fiddly and annoying to use and applying some to the pic above confirmed it. Used to end up with just as much on my elbows and palms as on the artwork!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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An older strip this week - no725 (from Dec 99 I think.) It's suitably festive and features a bit of colour. Hurrah!

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


So I had a bit of green paint left over from some decorating. Probably could have attempted a picture of the Hulk, but that sounded far too tricky.

Instead, here's a green haired Strange Looking Bloke for this fine Wednesday. No snow here in Newport. Hurrah!