Cartoons & Illustrations

Post-40 Bloggers - street art, Shoreditch, London

Learning on a street art tour in Shoreditch, London

A group of us booked a private tour and workshop through Alternative London tours where we were able to have a street art tour...
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Review Inktense watercolour pencils

Art materials have evolved since those school day art classes involving overalls and horrid soggy paintbrushes. Lynne Chapman, a professional illustrator, reviews Derwent's fabulous...
Post-40 Bloggers - political cartoons, image credit Londonist

50 years of political cartoons

With doodling and colouring books for adults currently in vogue, it is only a matter of time before the shrinking markets for cartoonists in...
EU Referendum cartoon, image credit Chris Riddell

European cartoonists on the EU and UK referendum

Switzerland – Chapatte Chappatte is a Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist who draws for the International New York Times and has taken a suitably lofty perspective in this cartoon. It...
trophy kids, cartoon credit Jo Sandelson

Here come the trophy kids

It’s that time of year again. One hour after the envelopes flopped onto the doormat the phone rang. It was Mish from down the road whose...
Old dog cartoon, cartoon credit Chinie Hidalgo-Diaz

5 Psychology of learning tips for mature students

Sound advice, based on the psychology of learning, to help all us mature students. I've certainly used all of these techniques effectively and there...
Diversity in comics, photo credit Huffington Post UK

On putting more diversity in comics and illustrations

I love comics, and as someone who draws comics and writes and illustrates children's books, I sometimes get peeks at the sketchbooks of children...
Aging cartoon characters

How ageless cartoon characters look when, well, aged!

For mere mortals, the arrival of a birthday is an excuse to celebrate/weep at the passing of another year. It's also a good time...
Molly Hahn, Buddha Doodles

Why we shouldn’t rush creativity

There's no rushing creativity. And if there is anything I have learned through the School of Hard Knocks these last five years, it's exactly...
Hoovering with The Awesome Hen

Sucking it up with The Awesome Hen!

When I accepted a commission from The Awesome Hen to write an unbiased review of my new vacuum cleaner, I expected to be pressing the...
Bob Ross, photo credit Newsweek

For the Joy of Painting and Bob Ross

Oh, memories - the white painter guy with the afro. I remember as a child walking away from his painting show, Joy of Painting,...
Hand-drawn London, photo credit via BuzzFeed via Society6.com via Sam Brewster

15 cities beautifully portrayed in hand-drawn illustration

15 pictures which portray city scenes in fresh and vibrant ways, unique to the hand-drawn illustration. Julia, Cartoons & Illustrations Editor San Francisco Sao Paulo Bangkok Seattle Vienna Atlanta Buenos Aires Dublin New...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
Post40Bloggers - maths genius

What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
Post40Bloggers - man and woman drinking wine

How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
Post40Bloggers - woman conflicted

Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...