Just a reminder about LIFE…

cartoon of guy skidding along the ground with a bottle of wine in one hand and chocolates in the other

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!

Cartoon FLIP BOOK to illustrate change of company name!

Flip Book – Animated GIF

This was something a bit different for me to draw up – even after all my years drawing cartoons I’d never done artwork for a flip book. You’ve seen those books where you flip through the pages to produce an animation!?

Brian Belstirling of The Copy Center asked me if I was able to morph their old logo ‘The Copy Center’ into his new company logo ‘Commerce Print Strategies’. He provided high res files for both logos and then we discussed a few ideas and finally agreed that we would pump up the old logo until it blew up and then all the bits floated down into the new one

Here’s Brian’s original sketch…

sketch for flip book

The finished animated gif…I drew 88 cartoon images/pages to create this flip book…

flip book cartoon animated gif for The Copy Center

If you need an animated gif creating or a flip book  – call Richard +44 1246 209034 or email


Cartoon-ication – Cartoons continue to be an incredibly efficient communicators!


In the 21st Century, we have more ways than ever of communicating. Weve come a long way from cave-paintings and morse code. We now have instant messaging connecting every minute of the day. Despite all this modern technology, one of the most effective methods we have isnt new at all, in fact its been around for centuries and works just as well today as it ever did….Cartoons!

cartoon of Boy Scout air traffic controller, planes on runway in background

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Cartoons continue to be an incredibly efficient way of human beings speaking to one another. Within the space of just one drawing, a whole raft of messages and emotions can be portrayed quickly and effectively, often without any words at all, perfect for crossing language barriers in a single illustrative leap. Dont think cartoons are merely for childrens books or humorous newspaper editorials, cartoons appear in our daily life in a number of ever-more useful ways.

The ability to cross language barriers is one the huge benefits to cartoons. Their power to convey helps millions of people navigate transport links, stations, health, safety, information and awareness campaigns the world over. Because they dont require the reader to know or even understand the native language, the illustration offers them all the information in exactly the same way as those who do. Even for those who can understand the associated text, the cartoon serves to reinforce the message in a way few words could.

cartoon of boy scout in court room conducting the defence against a barrister who knows what he is doing

(You wouldn’t trust a boy scout with a Beginners Guide To Defence Law to represent you in court on a murder charge – so why use an amateur to draw your business cartoons? Call Richard on +44 1246 209034!)

Cartoons will have played some part in all of our childhoods. From enjoying the antics of our favourite ink-based friends to the Saturday morning animations we tuned into so enthusiastically. We will all have our fondest memories of them. They conjure up feelings of warmth, humour and fun. We dont consider them work, which works fantastically well when they are used in that environment.

Do you ever remember looking at a cartoon and thinking Id dont understand what its saying?. No, of course not. We are almost pre-programmed to understand their message which is what makes them such an effective tool to communicate our messages today. By using a drawing, or succession of them, businesses around the globe still employ this medium in their advertising when they want to convey their message to the widest possible audience. When you see an image, you know what it means, what its saying and what youre expected to do. No text, no problem. The images are the key to unlocking a myriad of thoughts in your customers minds instantly, without resorting to paragraphs of text that will turn the audience off just as quickly. Even in the boardroom, you can use a cartoon in your slideshow to break the ice, to relieve the tension by lightening the mood, highlight difficult issues or to transmit information quickly and easily. With all this delivered in a simple drawing, it makes the skill of the cartoonist paramount to the success of the message.

cartoon of Boy Scout holding a saw in one hand - giggling. He's in an operating theatre, patient doesn't look too happy on operating table

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The skill of a cartoonist doesnt just lay in their ability to draw well. The true mark of craftsmanship is the combination of artistic flair and the ability to communicate your message or idea effectively. Remember, the artist has very little in their arsenal in which to convey the message, so being able to do so with such consummate ease is truly a gift. Being able to broadcast without verbalisation to everyone watching shows the power that a a cartoon possesses. Everyone will enjoy the art form whilst receiving the message. Its a win-win for everyone. If the drawings progress, the audience will enjoy and anticipate the linear narrative that is unfolding, absorbing the next panel with gleeful abandon.

cartoon of Boy Scout holding a chain saw about to do a magicians act and cut a lady in half, magician looks on bemused, lady is horrified

(You wouldn’t trust a boy scout with a chainsaw to cut you in half as opposed to a magician who knows how these illusions work – so why use an amateur to draw your business cartoons? Call Richard on +44 1246 209034!)

Next time you see a cartoon, think about everything that it is giving you. What will you see? A story? humour? information? narration? help? knowledge?. Chances are it is all of those things, all at the same time. The cartoon is a striking lesson in communication that transcends almost all other mediums and it always will. Nowhere else can so much be given from so little. Its time to draw a line under other outlets and let a cartoon really speak to your audience.

For all your cartoon needs please call Richard on +44 1246 209034