CARTOON ILLUSTRATIONS FOR PUBLISHERS

Robert Duncan could draw a book about them…

book-illustrationMany years ago, in a far off land, I started doing book illustrations in my pleasing deceptively simple style, for publishers who obviously found me deceptively simple too. One of these was John Adams, whose toy company was a rip roaring success, and he and his lovely wife Sue decided to launch a publishing arm for their business.

In the first season I illustrated a series of small books that included, if my memory serves me well, which it probably doesn’t, Shadow Pictures, Magic, and all that. At the time I had just written my bedtime Bible story book for children, Once Upon A World, and I naturally edged it subtly across the desk at them. This had early Duncan cartoons on every page, and went on to sell over 80,000 copies and be recorded by John Le Mesurier. (Still available in remastered form on Amazon, so there).

Am I drifting from the point and turning this into a general promo about me, instead of being specific about book cartoons? Probably…

Over the intervening years (about 40 of them) I have been lucky enough to do the visual content of dozens of books – and I must say it is really rewarding. Not financially particularly, but the day when the parcel of finished copies appears at the doorstep makes it all worthwhile. First I admire the cover, second I flick through to check that the Chinese printers haven’t ruined my colours, and third – I make sure I have got a suitable name check. In many cases they mention me in the intro too – which is good for my delicate ego.

Click here to see some of my book illustrations

In my time I have done a lovely series of books for Pavilion, Curiosities of Golf, Cricket, Politics etc written by Jonathan Rice (Tim’s brother), more sports books, titled questionably Best Cricket Jokes, Football Jokes etc. Another golf book, this time a collection of rhymes about that noble sport, called Golf – The Rhyme and Reason (my title) by the wonderful Freddie Mitman, and…

Oh it goes on like that anyway. I don’t want to bore you. (I heard that…)

And so to today. Having just finished the pictures for some rather nice short stories by a lady called Hazel (That’s one accompanying this article) I thought it was about time to shout about this largely unnoticed arm of my dubious existence. So I made one of my little films about it and you can watch it here.

I am now in the process of alerting as many publishers as possible of the unique opportunity of giving me some work:  If you know any please tell them about me. After all, my special book shelf isn’t quite full yet…