Keeping busy

Oops, no blog posts for ages. Hardly surprising when I've got cartoons like this to draw! A Where's Wally style take (don't go looking for him though) on industry trade shows. Drawn for the front cover of Skip Hire magazine's September issue.

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I also draw a regular strip for the magazine, the 100th of which, incredibly to me, is in the current (November 2021) issue.
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Setting sail for the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

I drew the poster for this year's Herne Bay Cartoon Festival. Click to enlarge. You'll need to, I packed a lot of jokes into it. Some of them are even not about Covid.

The main festival exhibition is now up at Beach Creative, I've got a few cartoons in there. Some of them are even not about Covid. And there's a Giles exhibition at the Seaside Museum. The live event takes place on the Pier this Sunday (August 1).

You'll find all the details you need over at the Procartoonists.org blog.


Behind the Humour: Cartoonist Royston Robertson

Here's a short video about me and my cartoons, the process, how I got started in cartooning etc. If you cant see the video preview above, watch it on YouTube. It's nine minutes of me talking about my favourite subject, with lots of cartoons to illustrate it. It was great fun to do, many thanks to the excellent Dave Painter of HUTC productions who made it.

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Royston cartoons exhibition now open

My cartoon exhibition Long Time, No See is now on at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate. It runs until midday on May 12. There are more than 70 top gags from Private Eye, The Spectator, Reader's Digest etc on Covid and much else. Most are signed and framed prints plus there are some originals for sale and books, cards and postcards.

Due to Covid restrictions I can't have a private view/opening but I'm aiming to be in the gallery at various times on Saturday and Sunday, and possibly other days too, so get in touch if you want to have socially distanced cartoony chat.

Long Time, No See: An Exhibition of Cartoons by Royston is at York Street Gallery, 22 York Street, Ramsgate.

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New cartoon exhibition in Ramsgate

I will be hanging this exhibition, with Mike Samson at York Street Gallery from 1pm next Wednesday (May 5). It runs for a week (finishing midday May 12). It was postponed last May, because of the pandemic, but is now a very different show than it would have been.

There are lots of cartoons on a certain theme ...
But there are many other subjects covered too, cartoons new and old. There are around 70-odd in total, the biggest show I've held by far, and my first solo show that is in a gallery rather than a pub!

There will be some original artwork for sale but it is mostly signed prints, all available at affordable prices.

So if you're in the area do come along and have a laugh. We all need it.

Read more at the Isle of Thanet News here


Zoom: A new cartoon genre

Who could have seen the Zoom cartoon emerging as almost a genre in its own right? But the rise in home-working this year, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, means I've been drawing video-conferencing quite a lot this year. Here are some examples, gag cartoons, an illustration on various Zoom scenarios and a trade magazine strip.


Coronavirus cartoons

Like every other cartoonist in lockdown I've been drawing a lot of Covid-19 cartoons. Here's a selection of coronavirus chuckles from Private Eye and other magazines.

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Magazine cartoons

A selection of recently published magazine cartoons for your amusement. I hope they raised a smile in these difficult times ...

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Cartoons to the rescue!

Cartoons can be used to lift any subject matter that is complex, serious, dry or any of the above. Here is a selection of recent cartoons from business publications that cover insurance, law, technology, corporate finance, waste management and the health service.

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And here's an excerpt from some live drawing during a talk at a business conference. The subject here was cyber-security, another potentially tricky one ...

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Micro cartoon exhibition at micropub

Pic: Brian Green

I have an exhibition of cartoon prints, which runs throughout July, at the Four Candles in Broadstairs, Britain's smallest brewpub.

Rather conveniently, the micropub (they're very small but big in Kent) is at the end of my street, so it's easy for me to drop off framed prints that have sold and oh go on then I might as well have a quick one while I'm here.

This is not the first time I've worked with the Four Candles. I designed a label for the beer Voter's Choice, during the snap general election of 2017, and I drew a large cartoon board describing the brewing process when the pub first started making its own beer in 2015, which is still on display alongside the casks.

It's not cartooning but I even drew a new version of the pub sign when the old one became too weather-beaten. This was created digitally (there is literally no need for me to be up this ladder, pic by Brian Green again) so when it fades or wears out a new one can be printed. 

Sales of prints in the micro exhibition have been good and I've managed to raise a few quid for Macmillan Cancer Support, which the pub regularly supports.

Unsurprisingly, this major cultural event made it to the Thanet Extra (below, click to enlarge) and the Isle of Thanet News.

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Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2019

I drew a Big Board at the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival last weekend. That's me, above, with John Landers in the background. This year we were all indoors, at the Darwin Shopping Centre, a last-minute change as a result of so-called Storm Hannah. 

This is the finished board. Click to enlarge. The theme was "Animals" so I drew some animal-related cartoons with, inevitably, a Brexit slant. People laughed, always the hoped-for reaction, because I think everyone is quite exasperated by Brexit whether Remainer or a Leaver. It's not the first time I've done a board full of Brexit cartoons. Here's one from the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival in 2017. I may well do more, the way things are going ...

We made it to the Shropshire Star! Including a reappearance for my Dog's Pollocks cartoon, bottom. Click images to enlarge.

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The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons

I have a few cartoons in The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons, which is out now. All previously published in The New European, New Statesman and Private Eye. The ideal Christmas gift for the leaver and/or remainer in your life, it's on Amazon here.


Bumper cartoon selection!

Here's a bumper selection of cartoons published in magazines such as Private Eye, The Spectator and Prospect over recent months. In other words, it's the obligatory "I haven't updated this blog for ages" post!

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