Cartoons make great gifts, as leaving/wedding/birthday presents, cards, awards, etc. They can also be the perfect tonic for the stresses of modern life. Peter's wry sense of humour and accurate portrayal of characters make him the obvious choice to create your personalised cartoon.

By poking fun at a situation, cartoons can also be a force for good; often reversing an ill-advised decision in a way which confrontation can't.

Sometimes just a few simple lines on a page are all that are needed to convey a message. However, cartoons can often work better when they capture a complex scene, with subtle details and references in the background. Generally, Peter utilizes a  more detailed style, with block shading and sometimes computerized typesetting for captions.

Complex cartoon for rail-staff publication

 

Sometimes clients will specify an exaggerated caricature style. Colour can be added to emphasise a message, company livery, or team loyalty. Peter's past customers even include a former Formula 1 racing driver!

 

Sometimes quite elaborate cartoon illustrations can form the basis for a web-page or poster. A regular narrow-gauge model railway exhibition in Somerset was planning its final such event and wanted to "go out with a bang". As such, Peter was contacted to create an artwork of that theme which could be used on the website, advertising and elsewhere as needed. The resultant large watercolour "line and wash" image was well received and we understand the final show was a roaring success. We wish all at the Small & Delightful Model Railway group a happy, well-earned retirement and success with any future projects.

 

Narrow gauge derailment cartoon
 

 

Tip: right-click on the illustration and select View Image for a larger picture.

 

Many years ago, Peter also embarked on a series of "spoof Old Masters" based on famous works from history but with a comical cartoon-style twist.

 

Spoof of Constable's Haywain
 

 


In this painted scene after Constable's Haywain, Peter was able to update the classic image for the modern era. As he says, these days, hay, or its equivalent, rather than being reminiscent of the archetypal harvest scene, normally seems to come wrapped in "bin liners", which litter the fields and farm carts. Many viewers identified with this sympathy and this little painting "Hey Wain! Keep the tractor out of the water" became instantly popular.