I've been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over 25 years, for clients including the Beano & Dandy comics (Blinky, Sneaker, Billy Whizz, Crazy for Daisy and more), the BBC, Oxford University Press, English Heritage, Macmillan Publishing, Western Power Distribution, Pearson Education, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery and the Eden Project, to name but a few!
From small private commissions to large corporate projects; from traditional comic strips to cartoon workshops; from pen and ink sketches to interactive and/or digital content which is Web, ePub, app and social media-ready. I'm always very happy to have a friendly and informal chat about what you need.
So, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Whether you're a commissioning editor with a budget to work to, someone looking for a family gift, or a school teacher interested in hosting a cartoon workshop, I'm easy to work with (check out some of the fab testimonials folk have been kind enough to send me).
Hand drawn and inked then scanned and finished digitally.
Hugely popular with schools, galleries, museums and events.
Interactive content delivered web and/or app-ready.
Character development and comic strip script writing.
Small-scale, fun animated shorts for web, ePub or broadcast.
Cartoon items to enliven sections of your blog etc.
My cartoon workshops are great fun for schools, galleries, museums and any group that would like to learn some of the skills (and secrets!) of cartooning. They can be as short as an hour, as long as a day, or any length in between, catering for all numbers from individual tutoring to groups of 30 or more. In the shorter workshops you'll create your own crazy characters and in the longer ones go on to write and draw a whole comic strip about them.
You'll learn how to draw different expressions, poses, speech balloons, sound effects, about storyboarding and frame composition and much more besides. My workshops can be based around a theme; pirates, explorers, space, Hallowe'en, a school topic or an exhibition that your gallery may be hosting... anything at all. They are suitable for absolutely anybody from age 8 and upwards, whatever their drawing skills. The possibilities are endless.
"I have worked with Nick over many years on both the Beano and the Dandy, writing scripts for such as Billy Whizz and Brassneck and many, many others. Receiving Nick's brilliant interpretation of the words was always a highlight, as he has that rare gift of being 'funny' with his artwork.
His work never failed to bring a smile to my face and to millions of readers also. Nick is a joy to collaborate with and a funny, genuine, dedicated professional - truly a brilliant cartoonist!"
Craig Ferguson, Johnston Press (DC Thomson Beano/Dandy 1985-2014)
“I asked Nick to run three workshops on behalf of Feock Parish Council, these were delivered to young people from 8-16 at schools and community groups. The workshops he ran were professional and interesting, but most importantly FUN. All the groups were delighted with the pace and detail of the workshops. Nick has an innate ability to engage people and has a natural flair for getting the best out of any group. I can’t recommend his workshops highly enough if you’re looking for something fun and different to do.”
Dr. Amy Nettley, Feock Parish Council
"Nick immediately got our campaign and was able to work to very tight timescales in order to deliver. Working across three time zones wasn't easy, but it would have been even harder if it wasn't for Nick's vision, suggestions and flexibility. I thoroughly recommend him."
Sophie Hodgson, Aspectus PR
"Nick is an award-winning cartoonist who fills his work with colour and zest, in true comic-book fashion. His artwork is always keenly-anticipated. Any publisher employing humour and wit to engage readers will find Nick’s style indispensable."
Greg Sweetnam, Greg Sweetnam Design Solutions
"Hi Nick thanks for a great day. The children were fixated from start to finish. The cartooning linked to our curriculum plan and was fantastic fun." Beth Popperwell, Year 6 teacher.
"Taught me lots of things I didn't know about drawing". Kirk year 6
"I feel more confident with drawing now". Zak year 5
Thanks from everyone, St Day Primary School
"Thank you so much Nick. The cartoons are absolutely fantastic and it’s been a real pleasure working with you!" - Liz Barnes, Marketing Manager, EMEA & APAC
"Thanks for being so responsive, so creative, and so great to work with. I hope we can do business together again." - Stephen Engdahl, SVP Product Strategy
GoldenSource Data Management Solutions
"Thanks for the fantastic workshop at the Cornish Studies Library last week. Everyone had a brilliant time and produced lots of great artwork for our exhibition! We look forward to working with you again in future."
Chloe Phillips, Cornish Studies Library