Monday, 11 December 2017

Did you see penguin?

THE cartoon on the cover of this week’s Henley Royal Regatta supplement took Steve Allender two-and-a-half days to

THE cartoon on the cover of this week’s Henley Royal Regatta supplement took Steve Allender two-and-a-half days to complete.

It depicts the half-mile part of the course during filming of one of the races.

Steve says: “The cartoon breaks down into composition, tone and colour. I drew it with pencil, went over it with pen and went back to pencil before shading it with ink and colour.

“It is a much more final step because with painting you start with a big brush and you end up with a little one, correcting as you go along, but with cartoons it has got to be right from the word go.

“I made a simple sketch and then worked from the known to the unknown. The central gag is about the regatta being televised and then it is the composition of the landscape and then you populate it. With a piece like that you have to put in as much as possible.



“I had to do the umpire launch five to six times because I wasn’t happy with how it was looking on the water.

“I wanted to create something that people would spend time looking and then go back to and find something different.”  

With a cartoon of this size and complexity, he always hides a penguin in it — can you spot it?

The original will be on display at the Chocolate Café in Thames Side, Henley, where A5-size copies can be bought for £1 each.



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