Good cartoons stick around...so can your message

 


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How many of your other marketing ideas have ended up on refridgerators or put up in offices? 

Good cartoons often end up in people’s kitchens stuck to the door or side with a magnet, or pinned to a wall or board in an office.

If either you or your business is connected to such a cartoon, then a reminder of you and your service will also be sticking around in someone’s kitchen or office.

I can create a unique and original cartoon for you too, the sort of picture that’s fun to shade and pass around.

Drop me a mail using the form in the top right, and we can chat about how cartoons could soon be helping you.

How to grab someone’s attention

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You’ve probably already heard many times about the importance of writing good headlines.

Master advertising copywriter David Ogilvy, writer of ads for Rolls-Royce, Toyota, and Schweppes amongst others, stated that five times as many people read the headline as the body copy.

So after putting a lot of your precious effort and energy into creating a great headline for your article, the last thing you want to do is to use just any old stock image which can let the whole page down.

But what if you don’t have the time to spend ages searching for a great image, or even if you do, just can’t find the right image to highlight your words?

I can draw a cartoon that will be unique to your article.

Cartoons are great at grabbing attention, so what better way to compliment it that with a tailor-made cartoon?


Cartoons can:


-deliver a message quickly which means that your clients won’t lose focus and click away

-stick in the memory which means that your clients are more likely to refer back to the source of the cartoon (you/your site)

-are easy to share which means that your clients help to spread the word about your service

-make people smile which everybody likes!

The cartoon can compliment the style of your site or newsletter - I can even use colors that you regularly feature.


So why work with me?


I listen to what you want, give suggestions when appropriate, and respond promptly.

 

Send me a mail now, let me know how I can help you, and I’ll respond promptly.

A picture is worth a thousand words

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A picture is worth a thousand words - You could spend ages wracking your brains and then write many words  trying to describe the feeling of public speaking or you could have a cartoon of a snowman melting on the stage...

Cartoons can help to draw attention to your writing, after all half the battle is actually getting people to read something in the first place. Many copywriters say to spend as much time as possible on the headline, as unless the initial words grab the viewers attention, then they’re never going to look at the rest of what you have to say. A cartoon can have the same effect.

Cartoons can also complement your writing, helping it to be even stronger than it would be on it’s own. 

Maybe you have an idea already for how you would like your writing to be illustrated, or maybe you like the idea but can’t quite imagine how it would look. Either way I would be happy to talk and see how cartoons could help you. 

Drop me a maik using the form below, and I can get drawing for you too soon.

 

 

Cartoons are easy to share

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People love sharing cartoons and other pictures on social media, I’m sure that you’ve done so yourself.

Not only via social media, people also show colleagues cartoons in a magazine at work or with a friend over coffee. 

It’s part of our nature to want to share with others and so connect with them - even better if it is something funny that could lighten the person’s day.

People usually share random pictures not necessarily connected with you. What if the cartoon being shown around had something to do with you or your business? 

I can draw original cartoons unique to you. Drop me a mail using the form below and I can get drawing for you too.

 

 

The story behind the cartoon - “Mysterious”.

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I’m a member of a cartoon forum and every day there’s a theme word that we have to illustrate. The above pic was to show “mysterious”.

I immediately liked the idea of a castle on the background and a night setting. I also liked the idea of a winding road or path leading to the castle. 

For the characters, I initially thought about having a pair of figures in silhouette form, walking towards the castle - one of them fall and in a fall hat, and the other short and squat with strangely-shaped ears. I also toyed with the idea of having a big cat lurking somewhere on the background. I thought some sort of unusual old car might work with some intriguing passengers. 

After playing around with some sketches, I felt that there were too many elements and that they would distract from each other. I decided to have two main characters - the woman and the cheetah, but to only have one of them fully revealed, leaving the viewer to make their mind up what the woman looks like. 

The featured car is a Tatra T600 Tatraplan, a Czech car build from 1948 - 1952.

I was pleased with how this one turned out, it’s definitely one of the more atmospheric pictures I’ve drawn.

Sign-up for my Monday to Friday cartoon newsletter and you can see new pictures I’m working on as well as illustrated stories and other things.

 

What happens if I don’t get the cartoon on time?

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If by some weird event you don’t get the cartoon on time, then you don’t pay for it - and you get a free cartoon of your choice.

However, let’s not let it get to that point. I pride myself on good communication with each and every client, and you will be no exception.

Before I even start to think about drawing for someone, I want to find out when they require the image and to get as much information from them as possible so I can create exactly the picture they want. 

Communicating up front about the idea and the drawing process helps to ensure that you get the picture you want, when you want it.

Drop me a mail using the contact form below and I can start drawing a cartoon for you too.

 

 

Express Cartoon Delivery Service

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I can offer a special express delivery rate for simple cartoons


My normal rate for a simple cartoon, featuring one or two characters and no background is $50. Here is a sample.

 

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I can deliver this within 48 hours for $100. I am unable to offer more complex cartoons at the express rate as I don’t want to compromise on quality.


To ensure as smooth a process as possible, please state exactly what you would like me to draw you. Please remember that this express service is only for simple cartoons.


What happens if I don’t get the cartoon on time?


If by some weird event you don’t get the cartoon on time, then you don’t pay for it - and you get a free cartoon of your choice. However, let’s not let it get to that point. I pride myself on good communication with each and every client, and you will be no exception.

 

How do I get started? 

Drop me a mail using the form below, and let’s chat about what I can draw for you. 

The GoGo Hares 2018 - Hare Cartooons

While visiting Norwich this summer, I noticed the various hare sculptures that had been put up around the city for the 2018 sculpture trail. The trail was to promote the charity Break, and also to encourage visitors to Norwich, as well as being tremendous fun.

As the sculpture trail has just started, I thought that I would join in the fun by setting myself the challenge of drawing a different hare cartoon for the duration of the sculpture trail. Here are some of my favourites below.

 

 

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Quite A few word plays appeared. 

 

 

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There were occasional art-themed cartoons. 

 

 

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Other characters sometimes appeared, and the tortoise and the hare became a recurring theme. 

 

 

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The off fox or two popped up as well. 

 

 

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Some cartoons got a bit out there... 

 

 

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...while others were just plain silly. 

 

 

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Sculptures even appeared now and again. 

 

Drawing the daily hares was a lot of fun and I’m continuing to do them on a twice-weekly basis. 

 

I draw lots of other cartoons and put out a cartoon newsletter Monday to Friday, enter your name and email address and I’ll send it to you.

The Siberian Greyhound

This is a revised version of the stoy and pictures that I originally posted January 10, 2017.

 

 

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The Siberian Greyhound, or ‘The Flying Furball’ as some owners like to call it, has a long and distinguished lineage. It's origin goes back to when a pair of traditional Greyhounds were gifted to Tsar Nicholas I during a state visit to Britain. Tsar Nicholas had long admired the breed and was delighted with the gift. However, after returning to Russia, they soon realized that the dogs were poorly equipped to cope with Russian winters. Tsar Nicholas who had by now fallen in love with the breed, decided to start a breeding program to help future dogs be able to deal with the extreme cold. Wanting to retain the fleet of foot for which Greyhounds are renowned for, but also wanting to produce a dog better able to embrace the cold, a Greyhound was crossed with the Siberian husky, famous for it’s ability to endure harsh frigid conditions.

 

The breeding program was a success and now the Siberian Greyhound was regarded as a separate breed in its own right. The dogs could now be found on the Tsar’s  estates all year round and gradually their ownership increased as other Russians encountered the breed.

 

 



 

 

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In 1898, a Siberian Greyhound called Poochski, discovered the first evidence for the Giant Siberian Rabbit, which until then was assumed be be purely legend and not an actual animal. Poochski’s owner, Boris Priceoff was hoping that Poochski would be able to help track the rabbit and thus win fame for Priceoff. Poochski declined, partially because greyhounds are simply not tracker dogs, but also because it's an unwritten dog rule that you're not supposed to tackle rabbits that are at least four times your size.

 

 

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Siberian Greyhounds are occasionally entered for regular Greyhound races, and although they equip themselves well, as their thicker coats are less aerodynamically efficient as regular Greyhounds, they usually fail to challenge for top honors.

 

 

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Siberian Greyhounds still have a following today, and are usually to be found in colder climates where they can run around happily without fear of over-heating.

 

Siberian Greyhounds, Red-spotted Dalmatian and various other unusual pooches can be found in “Odd Dogs - a collection of lesser-known dog breeds” that I’m currently working on. Add your name and email address using the form below and I’ll keep you posted with developments, as well as sending you other cartoons Monday to Friday. 

Revisions to Cartoons

If you are not completely happy with your cartoon, or it somehow doesn’t feel quite right, I will make up to two revisions of your cartoon.

 

What revision means

By revisions, I mean I will make two small changes to your picture.

 

Let’s look at some examples.

 

For this one, the client wanted a change to the colour of the flower.

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“...really liked the cartoon, but could you make the colour of the flower more intense? 

Thanks! “

 

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As you can see, the flower colour is now more vivid. 

Here’s another example, requesting to change a detail  in the picture. 

 

 

 “Hi Rob, love the Hare. Think he would look really good with a taller hat.”

“Hi Rob, love the Hare. Think he would look really good with a taller hat.”

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The revised cartoon. 

 

 What revision doesn’t mean


I will not completely redraw the picture.


But let’s not let it get to that point.


After we’ve discussed your initial idea, I’ll send you a rough sketch of the proposed cartoon. You’ll get to see it before I do more extensive work on it. This way you’ll know that the picture being drawn is the one you are looking for.

Any questions? 

Click the ‘contact’ button on the top right and let me know. 

 

Thanks! 

 

 

Meet Gerald the Goat

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Gerald is by far the most popular character I’ve ever created, so here’s a little background about the ever-hungry, flower-loving goat. 

It all started with a character called Stan…


Stan was a silent character who featured in some gags, usually drawn with minimalist background. He’s maybe featured in a dozen or so cartoons when one day he was due to meet his girlfriend and give her a bunch of flowers that were hidden behind his back…only to find they had been eaten…

 

 


 

 The very first appearance of Gerald. 

The very first appearance of Gerald. 

 …and so Gerald appeared. After drawing a few more ‘Stans’, Gerald seemed to take over, you could say that he butted Stan out of the title-character role.

I kept Stan on, partially because if it wasn't for him there would be no Gerald, and also because when I realized that it was going to be a regular strip I wanted a mix of animal and human characters.

To help try and keep Gerald in check his nemesis the bull joined, and attempting to keep everyone in order Rex the police dog made the first of many failed interventions.

After drawing various gags featuring Gerald either eating or butting things, I thought it would be good to add some diversity to avoid the strip becoming samey.. And so the mischievous and indefatigable Granny Mills appeared, soon to be followed by her granddaughter, Little Ivy.

 

 

 The Gerald the Goat characters

The Gerald the Goat characters

Character biographies

 

 Gerald

Gerald likes to eat...anything really...particularly flowers...and especially prize-winners at the annual flower show from which he's received a lifetime bad.

Gerald is from a lineage of mountain goats, known for their love of high places and leaping ability. What isn't clear is about how he developed his voracious appetite which shows no signs of diminishing.

Aside from eating, Gerald likes to butt things and avoid taking baths.

 

Stan

Stan bought Gerald from a country fair when he was a kid and lost control of him minutes later.

Stan considers himself to be an animal lover, although this is sometimes put to the test when Gerald has eaten whatever has just been planted in the garden.

An enthusiastic, if usually unsuccessful cook, Stan is always working on his next "big idea".

 

Granny Mills

It is uncertain how old Granny Mills is as it appears as though she's been lying about her age for decades.

She has been involved in a long-running feud with her neighbours ever since their ginger tom cat ate her canary. She now likes to "borrow" pets from the zoo.

Granny Mills likes to practice a particularly boisterous form of bingo, enjoys taking care of her grand daughter, and has never drank a half in an exceeddingly long life.

 

 Little Ivy

Little Ivy is Granny Mills' grand daughter.

She loves animals, but all creatures regardless of their species or size tend to get called "nice doggy".

Her parents often leave her in the care of her Granny, which might not happen so much if they were aware of some of the old lady's antics.

Rex the police dog

The town's long-suffering law enforcement.

Rex has reconciled himself to the fact that with the likes of Gerald and Granny Mills around the best he can hope for is some state of near-anarchy.

He often wonders whether he should have been a sniffer dog or even herded sheep for a living instead.

The Bull

Gerald's nemesis.

Upon first encounter Gerald assumed that with it's horns the bull was some species of super-goat.

It was on that same day that Gerald learnt how fast he could run.

 

 

Gerald appears in the cartoon newsletter, along with a variety of other characters and cartoons. Sign up using the form below, for new cartoons, Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

Illustrated Book Notes - Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

This month’s book was “Building a Story Brand” by Donald Miller

I chose five of my key take-home points to illustrate.

 

 

 

 

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Pictures of the individual key points are below. 

 

 

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I can draw infographics or illustrated book notes for you too. Drop me a mail using the form below.

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How do I order a cartoon?

Here is the simple process of ordering a cartoon from start to finish.

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You might be thinking about ordering a cartoon or illustration for your site, but are wondering about the process that’s involved.


I’ll go through every part of the process step-by-step, so that you have a clear idea what to expect when you order a cartoon.


This is the full process from you finding out about my services, to you getting your completed Cartoon in your inbox.


Let’s get started.

1. You find my site or someone recommends it to you.


2. We chat via Skype, or email if you prefer, and this enables me to to get a clear idea of what you are looking for and how I can help you. If you are not quite sure what you’re looking for - no worries! - I’m good at coming up with ideas and will be happy to make some suggestions.


3. I’ll ask you to fill out a client cartoon brief, this easy to complete form will help me to draw exactly the write cartoon for you.


4. After thinking about all the details, I’ll send you four rough sketches to choose from.

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Choose the sketch you like.

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 5. I get to work

 

If the picture is complex, or if it’s a series of pictures, I’ll send you updates of progress.

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6. You receive the completed cartoon.

 

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7. At this point I can do two revisions if you require them.


What revision means


By revisions, I mean I will make two small changes to your picture.


What revision doesn’t mean


I will not completely redraw the picture.


But let’s not let it get to that point.


8. After I’ve completed any necessary revisions, then you get the final cartoon

 

 

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That’s the whole process of ordering a cartoon.

 

To start talking about ordering your own cartoon, drop me a mail with the form below.

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Freshen up your site

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Liven up your site with some cartoons

Maybe you've been thinking you need to do something to brighten up your site. Perhaps you're happy with your writing but somehow the site feels a bit stale. If you’ve put so much time and effort into drafting your words, then it seems a shame for it all to be let down by some lame stock images or even no images at all.

A few cartoons could really help to bring some liveliness back (though perhaps not resorting to the chaos of a spring-cleaning spaniel...)

Whether you are looking for an eye-grabbing image to draw attention to your article or an on-going character to feature on your site, I’d happy to draw one for you. 

Not quite sure what you’re looking for? 

  No problem! - I’m happy to have a chat. Get in touch.

Caption the Cartoon

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Can you think of a caption for this cartoon?

 

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. That’s a coincidence...I was just googling handbags...
  2. I’d heard of alligators in subway tunnels but never in the trains..
  3. Are you available to eat someone?
  4. Don’t worry, they’re not real crocodile.
  5. Wow! That was quick! I’d only just placed the order on Amazon.
  6. I was waiting for the muse to appear, but I guess you’ll do.
  7. I’m looking for a four-letter word...
  8. I had a poodle once...
  9. Do you do tricks?
  10. Ha!  Nice costume!

Send me a mail with your suggestions.