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Big drawings from The Big Draw

October 2, 2012 in General

To spare you lots of pictures of cartoonists bending over tables and displaying their bald spots – with the exception of the Big Girls Drawers team, of course! – we present a selection of details from the seven banners in the Battle of the Cartoonists in the V&A’s Raphael Room.

Procartoonists.org banner

The Procartoonists.org banner, a response to "The Sacrifice at Lystra", was created by William Rudling, Kate Scurfield, Guy Venables and Gerard Whyman

Private Eye banner

Private Eye drew "Paul Preaching at Athens". Banner by Martin Honeysett, Andrew Birch, Simon Pearsall and Henry Davies

The Private Eye team, captained by the non-playing Tony Rushton, emerged victorious once again.

Reader's Digest banner

Reader's Digest got "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes". Banner by Steve Way, Simon Meyrick-Jones, Nathan Ariss, Rob Murray and Royston Robertson

Big Girls Drawers banner

"The Healing of the Lame Man" by the Big Girls Drawers team of Chichi Parish, The Surreal McCoy, Kathryn Lamb and Rosie Brooks

Before the Battle, Rosie Brooks from the Big Girls Drawers team, who is also a member of Procartoonists.org, appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about The Big Draw and cartooning in general. You can hear it here.

Telegraph banner

The Telegraph team of Patrick Blower, Charles Peattie, Matthew Buck and John Springs took on "The Conversion of the Proconsul"

The Sun banner

"Christ's Charge to Peter" was drawn by The Sun team of Andy Davey, Clive Goddard and Tim Harries

The Sun team must be congratulated for getting by with just three cartoonists, compared to, say, the Reader’s Digest with five. The Battle of the Cartoonists is nothing if not an uneven playing field.

Guardian banner

"The Death of Ananias" was drawn by the Guardian/Observer team of Kipper Williams, Dave Simonds, Nicola Jennings and Harry Venning

Photographs by Gerard Whyman, Nikki Harries and Royston Robertson

The Round-up

September 28, 2012 in General, Links, News

 

© Tony Husband @ Procartoonists.org

Tony Husband, cartoonist for Private Eye, The Spectator and many others – and a member of Procartoonists.org – has produced two new book collections. I Nearly Died Laughing was released last month and showcases some of Tony’s darker cartoons, while It’s Only A Game features a selection of sporting gags and will be released on October 15.

Tony will be signing copies of both books on October 5 at 2022NQ in Manchester. Fifty of his cartoons will be on display and he will also be drawing cartoons by request, with proceeds going to Moodswings.

Steven Appleby also has a new book out, collecting his Guardian comic strip about everyday life and family relationships, Loomus. A launch party and exhibition are being held on the evening of October 12 at Gosh! Comics in Soho. Read more here.

Also in London, the Chris Beetles Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of work by that quintessentially English cartoonist, Norman Thelwell. The show runs until October 13 and you can find more information – and plenty of pictures – on the website.

Finally, with this year’s Big Draw about to get underway on Sunday, Design Week has a run-down of some of the events taking place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – including the Battle of the Cartoonists. Read the article here. (Thanks to Chichi Parish for spotting it.)

Let’s work together at the Big Draw

September 24, 2012 in Events, News

Big Draw workshop

A workshop run by Procartoonists.org members at the Big Draw's 2010 launch. Picture by Denis Dowland @ Procartoonists.org

Cartoon workshops will be held throughout the Big Draw, Big Make event this Sunday (September 30) at the V&A in London.

They will take place in the Raphael Room, the same venue as the Battle of the Cartoonists, and are being run by Procartoonists.org members. Running times are: 11am-12.30pm Robert Duncan; 12.30pm-2pm Tim Harries; 2pm-3.30pm Wilbur Dawbarn; and 3.30pm-5pm Cathy Simpson.

Download the full schedule here if you want to make it a family day and get involved in the child and adult-friendly activities.

A 30-minute talk by Gerald Scarfe50 Years of Being Rude – will be held at 2.45pm. Booking is advised for that event.

Battle of the Cartoonists 2012: Bring it on!

September 24, 2012 in Comment, Events, News

Can London take any more excitement? First the Olympics, then the Paralympics, now the Pen-and-ink-ics! Andrew Birch, Private Eye cartoonist and Procartoonists.org member, writes:

Raphael's Death of Ananias @procartoonists

Raphael's Death of Ananias @ Procartoonists.org

This Sunday (September 30) at 2pm, seven teams of Britain’s best cartoonists will gather in The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in The Battle of The Cartoonists.

Half an hour before the start of play, the teams – The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun, Private Eye (Hoorah!), Big Girls Drawers, Reader’s Digest and Procartoonists.org  – will each be allotted one of Raphael’s seven massive cartoons hanging on the walls to inspire them, and will draw something connected with it (or maybe not) on a great big banner.

Two and a half hours later, the completed (or maybe not) banners will be shown to the assembled throng, and the winner will be the one that gets the most applause.

Light-hearted stuff, you say? Think again! Previous years have seen skullduggery, blatant cheating, tantrums, verbal and physical assaults, kidnapping and arson as passions run high and the ink runs like blood.

Cartoonist contestant at Battle of the Cartoonists @procartoonists.org

Contestant (possibly)

Members of the Royal family, top politicians, celebrities  and foreign dignitaries are all people who might well be there – so make sure you arrive early!

Editor adds: Our thanks to Andrew for writing the above.

Event site: The Raphael Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum – The Battle of The Cartoonists.

Organisers and friends of Procartoonists.org: The Campaign for Drawing 

Reading: What WAS a cartoon

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The Big Day approaches

September 17, 2012 in Events, News

Those nice folk at The Big Draw have sent us this reminder …

Big Draw, Big Make details

This is the event that includes the Battle of the Cartoonists, which features a Procartoonists.org team. Read our preview of that here. And read more on Big Draw, Big Make and download the programme here.

 

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Battle lines drawn for The Big Draw

September 5, 2012 in Events, News

Big Draw Big Make logo

The Big Draw 2012 takes place throughout October and will be launched at the V&A in London on September 30 with an event called Big Draw, Big Make.

The day sees the return of the Battle of the Cartoonists, with seven teams of cartoonists providing a comic, contemporary response to seven tapestries based on cartoons (the non-funny kind) by Raphael.

Procartoonists.org will have a team in play and there will be a plenty of our members in the other six teams: Big Girl’s Drawers, Private Eye, Reader’s Digest, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Sun.  Read our report from the last Battle in 2010

Free cartoon workshops will also be provided, courtesy of the Procartoonists.org members Wilbur Dawbarn, Robert DuncanCathy Simpson and Tim Harries.

The day will also feature talks by Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe and there will be pop-up studios, digital drawing games, portfolio advice from experts, and a visit from the CBeebies arts and crafts maestro Mister Maker.

Big Draw banner 2012

Our Battle of the Cartoonists entry from 2010, at the Hays Galleria on the South Bank, London, when we were Team Foghorn

All activities are free, but some require advance booking. For more information about Big Draw, Big Make and the Big Draw events taking place in October, visit campaignfordrawing.org

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Performance cartooning in New York

December 6, 2010 in Comment

Live performance cartooning
We have told you many times about the Battle of the Cartoonists, part of the Big Draw and have reported on performance cartooning at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.

Now, news reaches us of a performance event in New York, above, featuring three teams of cartoonists from The New Yorker coming up with improvised drawings based on a selection of words.

The New York Observer has the story: Battle of the Sharpies: Cartoonists square off with their pens. The author of the piece, Alice Gregory, explains the appeal of this kind of live cartooning event:

There’s nothing more impressive than good improv. To see spontaneous wit at work may be the most humbling form of entertainment. What, no Google to confirm spelling? No coffee to spur that sparkle? On-the-spot illustration is fun to witness.

The voting system sounds familiar to any cartoonist who has taken part in the Big Draw’s Battle of the Cartoonists:

In lieu of a scientific system—tallied points, say—the victors were determined by subjective shouts. The decibel levels were ambiguous, but an executive decision was made for the sake of efficiency.

We feel the losers’ pain! But, it’s all just for fun, of course, and the greater goal is achieved: reminding people how much fun cartoons can be.

Thanks to The Surreal McCoy for the link.

Footnote: The Big Draw 2011 is looking for help with funding.
Go here: The Big Give

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Scenes from a mall: Big Draw 2010

October 25, 2010 in Events

A burst of British Weather meant that Saturday’s Big Draw events on the South Bank in London had to be swiftly moved, from the open-air space of The Scoop, next to City Hall, to the nearby Hay’s Galleria.

The cartoonists’ spirits were not dampened by this turn of events, however, even though the move meant that many of us precious artists, unused to heavy lifting as we are, had to carry our own trestle tables.

Procartoonists cartoon workshops at the Big Draw @ procartoonists.org

Procartoonists workshops in full swing

PCO members were on hand to provide workshops throughout the event, for budding artists young and old. These were run by Wilbur Dawbarn, Tim Harries, Chichi Parish, above, and The Surreal McCoy.

Announcer Maxwell Hutchinson with Foghorn magazine @procartoonists.org

The Hay’s Galleria proved to be a great venue with lots of members of the public passing through and stopping to take part in the workshops and watch the Battle of the Cartoonists banners being created.

The Battle was hosted – impressively without the usual microphone or megaphone – by Maxwell Hutchinson, the architect and Sony award-winning radio broadcaster, seen here brandishing a copy of Foghorn, who did a sterling job of talking up the noble profession of cartooning in a suitably erudite manner.

Team Foghorn Big Draw banner 2010

The team from Procartoonists.org

For the Battle, the PCO’s victorious Team Bloghorn from 2009 was this year rebranded as Team Foghorn, in order to give a push to our sister print magazine.

The PCO team was, left to right, Cathy Simpson, Ian Ellery, Royston Robertson, Robert Duncan and Nathan Ariss. Cathy was standing in as captain for Pete Dredge, who co-ordinated planning of the banner beforehand but was unable to attend on the day. All banners were on the festival theme of “Make your mark on the future”.

We competed against three other teams: Private Eye (Andrew Birch, Henry Davies, Simon Pearsall and Steve Way), The Guardian (Steve Bell and Martin Rowson alongside Ben Jennings and Anna Trench who made their debut in the newspaper over the summer) and, due to the fact that the Financial Times team was unable to make it, a hastily assembled “Coalition” team (formed the day before by Matt Buck, Alex Hughes and David Trumble).

Steve Bell at the Big Draw

Steve Bell starts from the beginning...

The Coalition team at the Big Draw

David Trumble and Matt Buck get the right reaction

Each of the groups that Team Foghorn faced included at least one PCO member, such is the reach of the organisation: Bell, Birch, Buck, Hughes and Rowson are all in the PCO.

This made losing – as the Private Eye team romped to victory in the traditional “cheer-o-meter” from the public – slightly easier to take! As did the usual camaraderie from cartoonists from all teams in the pub afterwards.

Private Eye Procartoonists.org at the Big Draw

Team Private Eye hard at work

Our compere looks on as Andrew Birch, Steve Way and Simon Pearsall put their backs into the Private Eye banner, while Henry Davies puts his knees in

Another marvellous Big Draw then, and Bloghorn would like to say many thanks, as ever, to Sue Grayson Ford and all at The Campaign for Drawing.

Photos by Gerard Whyman and Denis Dowland.

Big Draw sketched out

September 29, 2010 in Events


The Campaign for Drawing has announced details of the launch event for this year’s Big Draw festival, which is called Make Your Mark on the Future.

The London launch takes place over the weekend of October 22 and 23 on the South Bank, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Highlights will include free cartoon workshops run by the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation and the returning Battle of the Cartoonists, featuring a Bloghorn team who will be defending their title following their glorious (and surprising) victory in last year’s cheer-off.

Bloghorn at the Big Draw from the Campaign for Drawing

Other events include talks and workshops by artists in this year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize, Walk and Draw – a sketching tour of nearby memorials and people, an exhibition of Stephen Wiltshire‘s amazing drawings of the City, and a mural by the cartoonist Quentin Blake, the long-time Roald Dahl collaborator.

For more details, go to the Campaign for Drawing’s website or download a PDF with full programme and map.

New drawing website folds

May 20, 2010 in General, News

The Campaign for Drawing – the group behind such events as the Big Draw and the Battle of the Cartoonists – have launched a website to encourage the general public to get their pencils out called Draw and Fold Over. The site is an update of the Exquisite Corpse parlour game, where the player first draws a head, then folds the piece of paper over and passes it on to a friend to draw the torso and so forth until the finished picture is revealed. In keeping with the games humble origins, you can pick to draw with a variety of implements including ballpoint pen, marker or pencil, but for the internet generation you can also share your contributions with your friends by email, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, and watch the image be redrawn in front of your eyes.