I am deep into retirement, some twenty-six years deep. These cartoons I do are a way of crystallizing what I see and hear, understand or fail to understand.
The style is obvious: loose, sketchy, light. To date, I have used Corel Painter to 'watercolour' the sketches. I will be trying ink line sketches for a time.
I do real watercolour paintings, increasingly often these days.
Occasionally, pieces are published. I do some philosophical ones, since I am trained academically in the subject and have pursued my interest in the subject during my life, and these have appeared in the British magazine, Philosophy Now. Other than that, I simply distribute new sketches to those of my friends and acquaintances who say they'd be interested. Anyone who reads this and would like to see the new efforts, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The themes in my work:
Bio details: born 1937, grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and retired to Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia in 1993.
Education: BA Hons (English and Philosophy), Trinity College, University of Toronto, MA University of Toronto, Philosophy
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“Very profound cartoons, and I think nobody can copy your drawing style.”
“I just went over your site and I like your work very much. What you do is much more artistic than the average cartoon – you should call your pieces artoons.”
“Nice to see your expressive drawings. I like the looseness of them. They remind me of Quentin Blake's style.”
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“You have your own style of drawing cartoons...so personal and special way of creating this cartoon...and that is the most important.”
From the Sudan: “Your cartoons are simple in drawing and words but deep in meaning...your colouring style is especil and so personal...you don't even need to put your signature in your cartoons (sic).:
“Your work reminded me a little of Willian Steig's work. You probably know he drew for the New Yorker for years, as well as wrote and drew numerous children's books. He had a very unfinished, slap-dash look, but it worked. I mean this as the highest compliment...”
“Very refreshing and original...”
“I really like your works, your look at the world, even showed them to my 19 year old son , and he found them 'cool and intelligent and funny'.”
“Just want to stop by and say how much I love your cartoons. Very insightful and funny. Saw them at the Corel galleries today for the first time and headed off to your website. What a delight.”
“My english is not very good so i'm writting with my son. I like your artworks, you have a very interesting technique. I've best wishes for your work and good technique..hi fromTurkey.”