Hi Richard, finally back in the office, to explain the background, we supply the security and stewarding to some of the outdoor events up and down the country, Goodwood, RHS, Golf, Badminton, Windsor and so on.
The guys and girls work long hours and invariably do it in the rain or in blazing sunshine.
So anything going down the exhausted wet and hot route with lots of nice people around asking the same question for the hundredth time looking somewhat dishevelled would be a good starting point.
I always pencil sketch up my cartoon ideas and then show/email the editor/designer or whoever I’m working with. The reason for this is that you can sometimes get too close to your own work, so you need an outsider to cast a fresh eye on it. If you don’t do this – and there are cartoonists who don’t – you can get self-indulgent and obscure, forgetting that there are actually readers out there who’s attention we’re trying to grab. Plus, A second opinion giving constructive feedback improves the final cartoon. In this case the printed copy made for a much better cartoon.
Here’s the first rough sketch I did for the cartoon. However, on showing my editor over an email, he immediately suggested that we should probably go for the ‘rainy’ scene as it would be funnier.
I agreed and then came up with this…
That’s much better, Richard! Can I see it in colour please?
Of course, the simplicity makes for a much better cartoon. And that’s why a cartoonist needs an editor.