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Putting on one’s top hat

June 6, 2012 in Events, General, News

Cartoonists have to be resourceful creatures because of the range of jobs they are asked to undertake. Procartoonists member Pete Dredge explains more:
At the start of the year I had a call from an agency requiring a witty cartoon to publicise a client’s beer festival. This was no ordinary beer festival…  Peter Dredge Ascot Beer Festival

© Pete Dredge

Their budget was reasonable, roughs were presented and the job was completed and fee paid on time. There was also some throw away line about sending me some comp tickets for the October beer festival and also tickets for a June race meeting.
I had forgotten all about it  when, a few weeks ago, an invite to lunch with Ascot’s chief executive arrived, along with two passes for the Royal Enclosure on Royal Ascot Ladies Day. I had hardly time to get the eBay account online before the better half had bought the hat, chosen the outfit and matching accessories and booked the day off work. There was no way back. A visit to Moss Bros soon followed for suiting and booting (and top hatting). With a bit of luck there may be something left from the original fee to place an each way bet.  Kate Scurfield on AScot Race Day

© Kate Scurfield

Pete was also in good company as the event has a fine tradition of using cartoonists to promote their day.
They had used Mac, Peattie & Taylor (“Alex”) and our very own Kate Scurfield in previous years, all hard acts to follow.

Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 26, 2009 in Events


In our final talk with artist of the month Kate Scurfield, we asked what she thought about the future of cartooning in the digital age.

E-mail has revolutionised delivery of images, although some editors (young ones) have used it to shorten deadlines. I believe as broadband speeds improve, the system will permit more elaborate websites for cartoonists including animation which is our greatest marketing tool.

My concern lies with plagiarism and electronic copying of our work. We can only reasonably protect our work in the UK and an increasing amount of my work goes overseas. I feel we are always playing catch up with the computer nerds and one day someone will sell a clever tool to remove watermarks at the flick of a switch. I have personally suffered from copyists both here and overseas and it is potentially a big threat. Artists have to think of a better way of protecting their work from being copied.

I dream of owning a Mac and a graphics pad and dig pen, but I will never give up drawing on watercolor paper and using a paintbrush.

Our thanks to Kate and look out for a new Artist of the Month for July next Friday.

Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 19, 2009 in Events


Bloghorn asked our Artist of the Month, Kate Scurfield, which other cartoonist’s work she admired. We were not surprised by the answer.

Norman Thelwell…I adored his books from age six and met him ten years later ! I even trained in technical drawing like Thelwell as part of my studies, which probably accounts for the tightness of my cartoons. I admire Matt for his ‘loose’ style but was told by a very experienced editor to stick with my style…so I have, and remain unchallenged by the taxman to this day.

Does Kate have any tips for wannabe cartoonists ?


See some more from Kate next Friday – and you can also look back at a report on Norman Thelwell here.

Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 12, 2009 in Events


The Bloghorn’s artist of the Month for June is Kate Scurfield. We asked her what made her become a cartoonist.

Realising that winding up the staff at school by caricaturing them was highly entertaining, though counterproductive at exam time. They finally bribed me with a prize to stop harassing them. I like cartoons over other forms of art because you can’t cheat by transposing photos as so many artists do.

And how does Kate create her cartoons?

Almost always soft lead & watercolour/Tria pens and colour enhanced in Photoshop if necessary.

Artist of the Month – Kate Scurfield

June 5, 2009 in Events


Bloghorn’s Artist of the Month for June is Kate Scurfield. Kate is well-known for her cartoons on equestrianism, her work can be seen in Polo Times, Horse & Hound, Horse & Rider, Equestrian Trade news and Veterinary Nurses Journal.

She has numerous veterinary Practice and corporate clients which include:- Guards Polo Club, Hurlingham Polo Association, Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Brewery, ValdeVie Polo – Western Cape, Sussex Polo and AdLoos. She has published three ranges of greeting cards for Grays of Shenstone and limited edition personalised greeting cards for The Spinal Injuries Association.

She does live caricaturing at equestrianism events, and is busy expanding her range beyond this to include political satire, TV and sporting celebrities.