Terry, Gerald and Ralf, some inspiration for you

5 Nov

Over the years so many things, people, places, memories etc have inspired me that sometimes we forget the original and most inspiring things that first caught our eye and inspired us and often carries on through the work we do, sometimes forgetting or without realising it. Thanks to a friend commenting recently (thanks Kat) that some of my work appears very Month Python-esque (which I find a huge compliment). I have revisted some of those early inspirations that made me realise art can be turned into narrative, and can be entertaining and funny, which is how I became an illustrator.

First off is Terry Gilliam, Most famously known for the Monthy Python Sketches.

Terry Gilliam started his career as an animator and strip cartoonist but also is an accomplished screenwriter and film director.

Storytime (Gilliam, 1968)

dancing teeth,terry gilliam

television is bad for your eyes

Gilliam – Killer Cars

And secondly is Gerald Scarfe. He established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch magazine and Private Eye during the early sixties. In particular I love his film work with Pink Floyd.

Extracts -Pink Floyd – The Wall

Illustration and animation is a story and with a great visual story there often comes with it great narrative. Sometimes the illustrations or an illustrator can influence a writer or a great narrative will inspire the illustrator. In Gerald Scarfe’s case, I love his work with the story/opera of The Fantastic Mr Fox, by Tobias Picker, based on the Roald Dahl story. Gerald Scarfe designed the set and costumes.

And Scarfe’s more prominent work are his satirical drawings:



Finally another BIG influence, and maybe my all time favourite illustrator, is RALPH STEADMAN. Not for just bringing to life the much loved classics  “Alice in Wonderland”, “Treasure Island” and “Animal Farm”. But for me the most significant is his work with one of my all time greatest writers HUNTER S. THOMPSON. And introducing the birth of GONZO journalism.


I hope you are inspired too!


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