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Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 29, 2009 in Events

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Bloghorn asked our Artist of the Month, Ken Pyne, what was his advice for anyone wanting to be a cartoonist.

Hot tips for wannabes? Just because an editor tells you your cartoon isn’t funny doesn’t mean to say it is unfunny. Never think people turning down your work may have a point – just get angry with them. Also, bear in mind that most people working on national newspapers these days have had their sense of humour surgically removed.

And the future in the digital age?

We can only pray.

Our thanks to Ken – and there will be a new artist of the month appearing here next Friday.

Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 22, 2009 in Events

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Welcome to the Bloghorn’s continuing interview with Ken Pyne, our current Artist of the Month. We are showcasing one of Ken’s caricatures for Private Eye magazine above.

Bloghorn asked Ken which other cartoonists he liked.

The other cartoonists I admire, that are still alive, are the ones too good to get published as much as they should, Mike Williams & Martin Honeysett especially. Oh, and Clive Collins too…

For the topical single column newspaper gag ideas Nick Newman is out on his own. I think, Steve Bell is the only true political cartoonist working at the moment.

You can catch up with our Artist of the Month archives here.

Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 15, 2009 in Events

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Our Artist of the Month, Ken Pyne, lives and works in North London. Ken has won a string of awards for his work including Cartoonist of the Year in 1981, Strip Cartoonist of the Year in 2001 and Caricaturist of the Year in 2006.

He has exhibited work at the Cartoonists’ Gallery, London, the Barbican Centre and Burgh house in Hampstead. His work is also held in the permanent collections at the V&A Museum, the Cartoon Art Trust and Salon du Presse et d’Humour, Switzerland.

When asked, he offered Bloghorn some trade secrets;

How do I make my cartoons? Apart from out of glue, scissors and old plastic cartons? I wait to be asked, think up jokes and draw them.

Artist of the Month – Ken Pyne

May 8, 2009 in Events

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The Bloghorn Artist of the Month for May 2009 is Ken Pyne, a prolific gag, strip cartoonist and caricaturist.

Bloghorn asked Ken how he started as a cartoonist:

I became a cartoonist as I never wanted to do anything else as far back as I can remember. Drawing all over school exercise books seemed better than written homework, which helped me get my first cartoon published in Punch when I was 16. After that, I never looked forward.

Since then he has contributed to: Private Eye, The Times, Punch, Spectator, Observer, Guardian, Evening Standard, TES, Daily Mirror, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, People, Manchester Evening News, Ham & High, Sunday Times, The Oldie, Reader’s Digest, Which?, Stern, Today, Sunday Express, Marketing Week, New Statesman, Listener, Radio Times, Esquire, House Beautiful, Federation of Small Businesses, Money Marketing, FM World and more.

There will be more from the interview with Ken next Friday.

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The PCO at the Big Draw: update

October 16, 2008 in General

The PCO is running workshops for all ages at the Big Draw event at St Pancras International Station in London on Saturday (October 18). If you’re interested in cartooning and fancy having a go, come along and get involved.

PCO cartoon workshops at the 2007 Big Draw

The workshop timetable is as follows: Paul Hardman – Who Do You Think You Are? 10am-11.25am; Chichi Parish – Time Travel, 11.30am-12.55pm; Robert Duncan – Drawing Near the Station, 1pm-1.55pm; Tim Harries – Creating First Class Comic Strips, 2pm-3.25pm; Terry Christien – On Track for Drawing Cartoon Characters, 3.30pm-5pm.

The PCO is strongly represented in the Battle of the Cartoonists (3-5pm) where four teams slug it out to produce the best cartoon banner, because not only does it have its own team but there are PCO members on each of the other three teams.

They are: Martin Rowson and Andy Davey (Guardian team), Ken Pyne (Private Eye) and Matt Buck (the Independent).

The Big Draw: Get involved

The PCO: Great British cartoon talent

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival – But is it Art?

April 14, 2008 in General


A contribution for the “But is it Art?” show from PCOer Ken Pyne. The show is currently being exhibited in Shrewsbury until the end of April. Click to enlarge the picture.

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PCO Procartoonists – on cartoon art auctions

November 5, 2007 in General


Is there a cartoonist in the house?
Well, very often, yes, there is. Last week, PCOers Pete Dredge and Mike Turner added themselves to the throng of medical types, trustees and the odd HRH(apologies to the Duke of Kent) at the plush, modern atrium of The Royal Society of Medicine for a charity cartoon auction. It was in aid of RESTORE Burn and Wound Research. Knowledgeable and charismatic auctioneer, Nick Bonham fired up the well-heeled audience. His instruction that it was the done thing on these occasions to double the catalogue estimate price of the cartoons was readily taken up by the eager bidders and the 50 cartoon lots were soon dispatched to new, loving owners with the charity £10,000 to the good. The cartoon above is one of Ken Pyne’s, taken from the auction catalogue. Thanks to Pete and Mike for the report – a blogging first for both Mr Dredge and Mr Turner.
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PCO Procartoonists – October 2007

October 28, 2007 in General

October was a mixed month for the PCO, we received an official vote of thanks for our work at The Big Draw which we attended during October – and also some anonymous comment. The official feedback ran something like this;

“We’ve received nothing but praise from our partners, sponsors and the public. Our hosts reported that this was by far and away their best event of the year.” And as the hosts were the management company who run Covent Garden in central London, we were quite pleased about it. Bloghorn is still digesting the anonymous comment but promises to post something about it soon.

Much less happily, we also had to hear about the death and burial of Alan Coren, one of our founding patrons and a man who had always enjoyed and promoted the art of visual joke-making.


Caricature by John Roberts.

You can listen to a News Quiz tribute to Alan here and PCOer Ken Pyne is also quoted in the local Cricklewood news coverage of Coren’s passing – alongside an obituary cartoon.

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PCO Procartoonists – The art business by Ken Pyne

October 4, 2007 in General

PCO member Ken Pyne writes:

I went to a recent exhibition and overheard a cartoonist humbly thanking one of the organisers for lowering themselves to include cartoonists with ‘proper’ artists.

It is this Uriah Heep attitude I have heard over the years from cartoonists that keeps us down, and while it exists among us, we cannot easily complain about how badly we are treated as a profession, if we are going to do this sort of thing ourselves.

For God’s sake we need to show some bloody self worth now and again instead of just whingeing in pub corners!

Bloghorn says click P for Pyne and a fine selection of to-the-point cartoons.