Thursday, 5 July 2012

Flood warning

The north of England and Scotland had a spot of weather this week. 

In the Lake District, 29mm of rain fell in one hour. As a result, Kendal high street was flooded and the drains backed up. The situation was made worse by cars driving through the flood and sending miniature tsunamis into adjacent shops.

Unsurprisingly, the topic dominates the front of this week's Westmorland Gazette and is the target for my editorial cartoon. Below are the five ideas I submitted to my steamed editor.

This week, I've also included the cartoon which made it to the front page - at least, in its first artwork form. It was one of those weeks when the drawing fought back and refused to go as planned. All illustrators have these (I hope). The final art changed somewhat from the original sketch. I'm not sure if it was for the better or not and I've included a couple of intermediate sketches.

Do you prefer the final version or the rough sketch? Let me know in the comments box.


  1. The top version I think looks more natural (if that makes sense)

  2. I agree (but the 4x4 joke is best).

  3. Shouldn't that be "esteemed editor"?

    BTW, I'm not saying who I am ...

    1. For an explanation of the 'steamed editor' see the June blog - How newspaper cartoons are produced.