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.

Saturday, 23 November 2013


After a long lay off due to problems with my eye, I'm back in the Cartoonists' Forum Competition. This week we've been asked for a cartoon using the caption - "Why?"

Friday, 22 November 2013


Mota Tamer (mixed media)

This week, Illustration Friday asked for something on the theme of Shadow. Here's a cover I did for the fanzine MOTA in 1977, given the once over in Photoshop. Posted here in memory of my old mate, Terry Hughes.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013


For some reason notifications of new subjects are not arriving in my email inbox from Illustration Friday. As a result, I have no time to do something new for this week's challenge - Creature. I hope this will suffice.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


I came across the original of this cartoon today and whizzed it through Photoshop.

Monday, 2 September 2013


Lush (Black marker and digital colour)

There are still lots of things preventing me from working on a regular basis, but today I digitally coloured this old (1994) drawing to submit it to Illustration Friday for this week's challenge - Lush.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


In an attempt to get back into practice, here's my offering for this week's Illustration Friday challenge - Surveillance

I've used an old fanzine cover which started life with a background by Sheryl Birkhead, had a figure added by me and now has digital colour added. I acknowledge there's a little clunky corner in the lower right of the background where I had to take out the issue number - must do better.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013


My contribution to last weekend's Cartoonists' Forum, using the set caption "I see Alex has given up [blank] for Lent", the word in brackets being the choice of the cartoonist.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Super Noddy

(Ballpoint pen and digital colour)

In my early days of cartooning, I had a particular fascination with various incarnations of Little Noddy. Looking through some old papers today, I came across this survivor of that period and gave it a bit of Photoshop colour.

Thursday, 28 March 2013


This week, Illustration Friday asked for something on the subject of Swim. 

This is a heading from an old fanzine of mine called Snorkel, adapted and coloured, in the nick of time.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Eye Glasses

It's a while since I posted anything on Illustration Friday, so when they announced their challenge this week - Eye Glasses - I thought I'd bring this one up from the vaults. It's a slightly altered version of an earlier cartoon, replacing the caption with a sign within the cartoon itself.