Last week I did some work with BMF to create a whiteboard animation for The Full Stop Foundation. A foundation that supports victims of sexual and domestic violence.
It was International Women’s Day this week and as well as celebrating the achievements of women worldwide the day also exists to bring awareness to the trials and persecutions women still face today. I know survivors of domestic violence and realise that services like Full Stop’s 1800RESPECT can be truly valuable in being the first step in leading women to a more positive future.
I’ve always wanted to take part in a whiteboard animation as I feel it is a very powerful way to communicate information and statistics. Using simple cartoons to illustrate such a serious topic is a delicate process especially when depicting scenes that may be triggers for some people. Cartoons, which are commonly used to lampoon people and situations, can conversely be used to describe things in a simpler way that is easier to digest while still being engaging. I’m very happy that my introduction to this style was for such a vital service. You can make a donation to the foundation here. Please do.
If you or anyone you know has or is currently suffering from domestic or sexual violence please reach out to 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
When I grow up I want to be a cartoonist or a train driver. This was my aspiration when I was a kid. I don’t drive trains, I didn’t grow up and that is probably why I’m now still drawing cartoons every day.
This week I picked up a great gig to translate the the hopes and dreams of a class of 7-8 year olds into a big colourful poster.
I was given 28 drawings the kids had done and each image was converted into a cartoon. I still wanted to keep an element of their original drawing so I cropped out a segment of their colouring in and trimmed in into a circle. This became the body for each of the little cartoons and a good reference point for the legend at the bottom of the page which also included what they wrote on their drawing, complete with verbatim spelling.
The final product was a lovely snapshot of what this full class hoped to be in about 20 years time. I hope some of them get as lucky as I did. (Especially for the ninja)
And here is the final 100 x 700cm poster ready to be auctioned off to raise money for the school.
It was O – week this week at UNSW. Fellow artist and comedian Nick Capper joined me to offend as many fresh faced first year students as we could. I’ve been hired as a caricaturist for charity events and functions before, it’s great fun and I get to show people how ugly they really are combine portraiture and cartooning.
Here you go kid – Enjoy… Your nose does look like that. It’s an interesting nose man – congratulations. Hey look you’ll grow in to it. At least you don’t look like Adrian Brody over there OHMANTHAT’SYOURDAD?! YOUNEEDTOBUYMOREDISTRACTINGNECKTIES!