Covid-19 vaccine illustration

covid-19 vaccine cartoon illustration

Covid-19 vaccine illustration.

A cartoon or illustration showing the Covid-19 coronavirus being attacked by syringes of vaccines.

The illustration is drawn in a style to suggest that the Covid-19 virus is an alien form and the syringes of vaccine are rockets, planes or missiles that are attacking the virus.
A cartoon about the pandemic caused by the covid-19 virus.

Drawn: 20th November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a864

Covid-19 vaccine cartoon

covid-19 vaccine cartoon

The Covid-19 virus vaccine, cartoon.

Trials of a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech are producing positive results.

The cartoon shows medieval knights, one with a sword that resembles a hypodermic syringe and one with a mace that resembles a Covid-19 virus.
A cartoon about the pandemic caused by the covid-19 virus.

Drawn: 10th November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a862b

Covid-19 balloon illustration

covid cartoon

The Covid-19 virus as a balloon, cartoon.

The coronavirus as a balloon with a person hanging onto the string and being pulled dangerously into the air.

This drawing is done in a style resembling an etching, which I think gives it a very ominous and forbidding feel.
A cartoon about the pandemic caused by the covid-19 virus.

Drawn: 8th November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a861

Contested election result cartoon – Trump-Biden US election 2020

US Trump Biden election 2020 ballot box fire cartoon

Contested US presidential election result cartoon.

The count in the Trump–Biden presidential election 2020 is under way, and it’s looking incendiary, hopefully not literally.
Hopefully there won’t be any violence due to overheated demonstrations by the more fanatical factions involved, although Trump hinted at unrest on the streets.

Drawn: 4th November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a859

Book of ART CARTOONS

visual arts cartoon book humour humor jokes

New book of cartoons about visual art

Cartoons ranging from Vermeer to contemporary art

 
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Published December 2019
Order it from your local bookshop or buy it through Amazon, such as:


 

A book of 114 full colour cartoons on the subject of the visual arts.
The targets of the cartoons range from artists themselves to the audiences in art galleries, and from art classes to art techniques.
There are jokes about specific artists such as Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Mondrian and Vermeer and there are jokes about the art market and about art criticism and art theory.

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US election 2020 cartoon. Trump v Biden – will it be explosive?

US Trump Biden election ballot box cartoon

US presidential election 2020 cartoon.

The Trump–Biden presidential election in November may turn out to be an explosive affair (hopefully not literally).
With luck it will only be Trump’s personality that’s explosive, however a close result may cause fireworks, and hopefully there won’t be any violence due to overheated demonstrations by the more fanatical factions of the left wing or right wing movements that are evident in the run up.

Drawn: September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a848

Covid 19 mask cartoon

Coronavirus mask cartoon

Covid 19 mask – using a snorkel.

The cartoon shows a person using a snorkel to breathe air that’s hopefully free of the Covid 19 virus.

A cartoon about coronavirus facemasks and social distancing.
Drawn: September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a855

Covid cartoon – the ‘Rule of Six’ social distancing

covid-19 social distancing cartoon

The UK government has stated that people must not congregate in groups larger than six – the ‘rule of six’.

In an attempt to stop the cover-19 virus spreading more due to lax adherence to social distancing rules the UK government has introduced a new rule to prevent large groups of people meeting up.

The cartoon depicts the characters from the famous Hollywood Western film the Magnificent Seven adhering to the new rule.
Drawn: 10th September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a844

Covid-19 cartoon – pandemic conspiracy theories

covid-19 pandemic conspiracy theory cartoon

Cartoon about the pandemic of conspiracy theories about the covid-19 pandemic.

The conspiracy theories about the origin of the covid-19 coronavirus include it being created in a Chinese lab, being released by Bill Gates so that he can control the world, and that it is caused by G5 signals from phone masts.

A cartoon about conspiracy theories, gullibility, psychological delusion, going viral.
Drawn: 11th July 2020
Cartoon reference number: a818
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Leicester lockdown cartoon – and pubs reopening

Leicester lockdown cartoon

Leicester lockdown and pubs reopening cartoon

A cartoon about the fact that pubs are about to reopen in England next weekend as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, just as the city of Leicester is put back into a higher state of lockdown (with no pubs allowed to open).
The possibility of young people leaving Leicester and getting very drunk in pubs outside the lockdown zone seems very likely to me. They will have to drive out of Leicester, and then return in a state of intoxication. A very worrying prospect.

Drawn: 1st July 2020
Cartoon reference: a811
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Covid-19 coronavirus cartoon – lockdown enforcement

coronavirus covid-19 lockdown enforcement cartoon

Covid-19 coronavirus cartoon – enforcing the lockdown.

As part of the coronavirus lockdown people are allowed outside only for limited reasons, one being taking exercise.
In city parks the police have been moving people on who they see sitting on park benches, as this is not exercise.

A cartoon about policing the lockdown, social isolating.
Drawn: April 2020
Cartoon reference number: a772
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Coronavirus cartoon – conspiracy theories and myths about how covid-19 started

coronavirus myth cartoon

Covid-19 coronavirus cartoon – a myth about how it started.

A cartoon about the myth that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic started because the virus was released from a lab in China.

The person in the cartoon is saying “Here’s a REALLY worrying virus-myth statistic – an incredible 75% of the population don’t believe it started in a lab!”
The point of the cartoon is that people who believe that the virus started in a lab are just as certain that they are right as the people who believe that it wasn’t. The believers in the theory think that they are clear-sighted enough to see round the official obfuscation about the matter.
A cartoon about conspiracy theories, gullibility, psychological delusion.
Drawn: April 2020
Cartoon reference number: a773

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Covid-19 coronavirus cartoon – pandemic face mask

coronavirus cartoon

Covid-19 coronavirus cartoon.

The cartoon showing a person wearing a face mask because of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

The face mask displays the slogan “Keep Calm and Carry on”.
The cartoon is intended to be a positive cartoon about how to deal with the psychological consequences of the pandemic.
Drawn: 6 March 2020
Cartoon reference number: a771

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Environment cartoon book

Environmental cartoon book

The Beast That Ate the Earth
Environment cartoon book

Versions of many of the environmental cartoons on this site can be found in my book, The Beast That Ate the Earth.


I’ve been drawing cartoons on environmental matters since the early 1970s.
The book was published in 2004 and contains about a hundred cartoons in black and white.

The book is available through Amazon.
Such as at:
Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon Germany

Covid-19 coronavirus New Year 2021 cartoon

covid-19 new year father time cartoon

Father Time in a Covid-19 coronavirus New Year 2021 cartoon.

The year 2020, represented by Father Time with a Covid-19 virus empaled on his scythe.
He is looking at an iPad with a message on it: “You must now self-isolate forever.”

Drawn: November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a879

Covid-19 New Year 2021 Father Time cartoon

covid-19 new year father time cartoon

Covid-19 coronavirus New Year 2021 cartoon.

2020, represented by Father Time with a Covid-19 virus empaled on his scythe, waving to a baby who is riding on a syringe of coronavirus vaccine representing 2021 (hopefully).

Drawn: November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a877

Covid-19 New Year 2021 cartoon

covid-19 new year cartoon

Covid-19 coronavirus New Year 2021 cartoon.

A signpost pointing backwards to 2020 showing a Covid-19 virus, and also pointing forward into 2021 showing a coronavirus vaccine syringe.

Drawn: November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a876

Coronavirus Christmas cartoon

covid-19 virus Christmas tree decorations cartoon

Covid-19 Christmas tree decorations cartoon.

Cartoon showing a Christmas tree decorated with baubles shaped like the Cover-19 coronavirus.

A cartoon possibly about the potential of spreading the coronavirus when families get together over the Christmas period.
Drawn: November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a874

Christmas Covid-19 – the grim reaper spreading the virus

Christmas cartoon covid-19 virus grim reaper

Christmas covid-19 – the grim reaper spreading the virus.

In the cartoon the grim reaper is giving a little girl some party balloons that are shaped like the Cover-19 coronavirus.

A cartoon about the potential of spreading the coronavirus when families meet up over the Christmas period.
Drawn: November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a872

The price of Covid-19 vaccine – Black Friday sales cartoon

covid-19 vaccine black friday cartoon

Covid-19 vaccine Black Friday sales price cartoon.

A cartoon showing someone negotiating the price of Covid-19 vaccine, with the price specially reduced as a Black Friday deal.

The vaccines that are about to become available have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZenica and Moderna.
Drawn: 23rd November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a869

Covid vaccine delivery logistics cartoon

covid-19 vaccine delivery cartoon

Covid-19 vaccine delivery logistics cartoon.

A cartoon showing someone attempting to hire delivery vans to deliver the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine to hospitals etc. He can’t hire any delivery vans because they are all being used for delivering online Christmas shopping.

The vaccines have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZenica and Moderna.
A cartoon about the logistics of delivering the vaccine for the Covid-19 virus over Christmas.
Drawn: 23rd November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a868

Covid-19 vaccine delivery logistics cartoon

covid-19 vaccine cartoon

Covid-19 vaccine delivery cartoon.

A cartoon showing a van attempting to deliver Covid-19 vaccine, stuck in traffic caused by delivery vans for online Christmas shopping.

The vaccines have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZenica and Moderna.
A cartoon about the logistics of delivering the vaccine for the covid-19 virus.
Drawn: 23rd November 2020
Cartoon reference number: a867

Banksy cartoon – Monet waterlilies

Banksy cartoon Monet

Banksy cartoon – Show me the Monet.

A cartoon about the sale of a Banksy parody of Monet’s waterlily pond and bridge at Givency with rubbish dumped in the pond.

The work was sold at Sotherby’s for £7.5million.
Drawn: 22nd October 2020
Cartoon reference number: a858

Air pollution cartoon

air pollution cartoon

Atmospheric pollution cartoon.

A cartoon about air pollution, showing a person breathing using an oxygen cylinder in which the oxygen is being produced by a tree.

The cartoon is about the importance of preserving trees, other plants and basically all of the natural world, if only for our own good (as in the image). Of course the natural world is important in its own right, with or without us in it!
Original version: 1991
This version: September 2019
Cartoon reference number: env071d

Philip Guston kkk controversy – art gallery self-censorship cartoon

Guston kkk censorship controversy cartoon

Philip Guston kkk paintings in gallery self-censorship controversy.

The cartoon depicts Guston’s Klansman paintings being removed from an exhibition.

A cartoon about the controversy over the proposed postponement of a Philip Guston exhibition containing some of his Ku Klux Klan paintings. The exhibition was set to be staged in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The decision to postpone the exhibition due to the current social climate is interpreted by some as being an act of self-censorship.
Drawn: 4th October 2020
Cartoon reference number: a856

Who is right and who is wrong?

Right and wrong thinking people cartoon

Who is right and who is wrong? Cartoon.

The term “right-thinking people” is used by people who think that they are right, or more accurately, that other people are wrong.

A cartoon about the delusion of moral certainly and political certainty.
Drawn: September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a853

QAnon cartoon

QAnon cartoon

QAnon cartoon.

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory grouping that is currently gaining followers, possibly due to the influence of the US presidency of Donald Trump.

Followers of QAnon believe in a wide number of far-fetched conspiracy theories, which seem to be growing all the time.
Hence the punchline of this cartoon: “Join the Q!”
Drawn: September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a847

Hate crime cartoon or hate speech cartoon

hate crime cartoon

Hate crime cartoon or hate speech cartoon.

In the UK there is a law protecting five groups of people, such as ethnic minorities or gay people, from crimes that may be linked to hatred of their group. The government is thinking of extending the definition to include more groups, such as women and old people.
The concept of hate crimes sounds a bit Orwellian to me, but if there is such a law I don’t see why it can’t just include everyone.

There’s also an argument that the entire hate crime rationale is flawed (other than by its Orwellian overtones) and that no-one should be protected in this specific way – is beating up a gay man because he’s gay a worse crime than beating up a straight man because of his accent (which nearly happened to me once)? Now you’ve got to guess what sort of accent I’ve got without seeming prejudiced.
Drawn: 23rd September 2020
Cartoon reference number: a846

Bioplastics cartoon

bioplastic packaging cartoon - bioplastic pea pods

Bioplastics cartoon

In this cartoon the cellulose of the pea pod has been modified to form plastic packaging.
Plastics produced from plants are known as bioplastics.

Bioplastics are in some ways a good substitute for plastics produced from oil, however they may have a downside in that if they were extensively used vast amounts of agricultural land may have to be set aside for the production of plastics instead of food.
Original version drawn: 1999
Cartoon reference: env116b

Ethnic diversity cartoon

ethnic diversity cartoon

cartoon.

The cartoon shows a lecture about the desirability of ethnic diversity. Almost the whole audience is white.

The inspiration for this cartoon came from the phrase that performers at some events use when describing the audience as ‘a sea of white faces’.
Of course the audience at some events may be predominantly white because that reflects the ethnic mix of the locality or because of the differing interests of different ethnic and cultural groups, however sometimes it is a result of issues around discrimination concerning opportunities and access, as is implied in this cartoon.
A cartoon about race, racism, bame issues, discrimination, unconscious discrimination, cultural discrimination, racial bias.
Drawn: 8th Sept 2020
Cartoon reference number: a843

Cartoon – what art is offensive?

Offensive art cartoon

To what extent should art galleries reflect contemporary concerns?

A cartoon about changing the exhibits in art galleries and museums to reflect contemporary society and to avoid offence.

It’s quite common in art galleries that exhibit contemporary art for the art to reflect contemporary concerns (or at least the contemporary concerns that concern the art world).
This cartoon shows a historical artwork being judged by contemporary mores (or rather, the mores of a particular sector of society that embraces ‘woke’ values).
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a841

Donald Trump schoolboy cartoon

Donald Trump schoolboy cartoon

The danger of the expression “You can be whoever you want to be”.

The cartoon shows Donald Trump in his school days listening to the expression. Maybe getting a few ideas.

In the USA the aspirational expression that anyone can become president of the United States has proved to be true, unfortunately.

Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a840

Code switching cartoon

Code switching cartoon

Cartoon about pressure not to conform.

The term code switching is usually interpreted as as the phenomenon of altering one’s behaviour in order to conform with a social group.

In this cartoon the pressure is to be nonconformist and unconventional.
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a839

Code switching cartoon

Code switching cartoon

Code switching cartoon.

A cartoon about the concept of code switching.

Code switching in its current definition is the phenomenon of a person changing their behaviour in order to fit in with other people. It’s often used when people of a minority culture alter their behaviour in order to fit in with a majority culture.
Code switching is often interpreted as something that people shouldn’t really have to do, as it stops them being themselves.
This cartoon illustrates an example of when code switching would be a very good thing.
Code switching is in many ways a rebranding of the normal social activity of modifying one’s behaviour in different social settings. It is currently viewed by some people as a bad thing partly because of the current philosophy that you should “be yourself”.

Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a837

Code switching cartoon – from working class to a class at Oxbridge

working class code switching cartoon

Code switching cartoon.

A cartoon about the concept of code switching.

The current usage of the term code switching refers to the action of people changing their behaviour when they are in different cultural settings, usually in order to blend in. In this sense it is most often used with reference to ethnic minority people who are interacting in predominantly white social groups.
The cartoon illustrates a relatively less well remarked upon example of code switching, which is when white working class people need to blend in with white people from higher social classes, here exemplified by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In education the working classes tend to have lower attainment levels than other classes as a result of social discrimination.

Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a836

You can be whoever you want to be – cartoon

You can be whoever you want to be – cartoon

A flaw in the aspirational concept of “You can be whoever you want to be”.

The cartoon illustrates a problem with the currently popular encouragement to schoolchildren that when they grow up they can be whoever they want to be.
The aspirational, motivational expression makes the assumption that everyone will strive for a worthy goal. I don’t think this is necessarily the case.
In fact the concept gives people license to aim towards whatever they desire, which wouldn’t be a good thing.

Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a835

The changing meaning of ‘white supremacy’ – cartoon

White supremacy cartoon

A cartoon about the changing meaning of ‘white supremacy’

In recent months I’ve noticed what I think is a shift in the meaning of the term ‘white supremacy’.

To me the term has always meant the conscious policy of domination by white people over other people, often using violent or oppressive means, and the implicit superiority of white people over other people.
A white supremacist under this definition would typically be depicted as a fascist or a member of the KKK, as in the cartoon.
Recently the term white supremacy seems to often be used by groups such as BLM (Black Lives Matter), to refer to contemporary US society (and western society in general). This society is white dominated, true, but that doesn’t make it supremacist in the fascist/KKK sense.
A danger of using the term to describe current society is that it labels all white people as conscious co-conspirators in the oppression of ethnic minority people, thus potentially making all white people ‘enemies’. I believe that quite a few of them would rather be described as allies.
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a842a

The shifting definition of ‘white supremacy’ – cartoon

White supremacy cartoon

A cartoon about the changing definition of ‘white supremacy’

In recent months I’ve noticed what I think is a migration in the meaning of the term ‘white supremacy’.

To me the term has always implied the conscious policy of domination by white people over other people and the implicit superiority of white people over other people.
Under this definition a white supremacist would typically be depicted as a fascist or a member of the KKK, as in the cartoon.
Recently I’ve noticed several commentators on race issues stating that the western world is a ‘white supremacist society’. This society is indeed white dominated, but that doesn’t make it supremacist in the KK/fascist sense.
I think that a danger of using the term to describe contemporary society is that it can be interpreted as labelling all white people as conscious co-conspirators in the oppression of ethnic minority people, thus potentially making all white people ‘enemies’. I believe that quite a few would rather be described as allies.
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a842b

Conspiracy theory cartoon

conspiracy theory cartoon

Conspiracy theory cartoon.

The cartoon shows a person holding a placard stating “Truth lies in following the evidence”.
Another person holds the same placard with the lower part ripped off, so that the part that he holds reads “Truth lies”.

\A cartoon about conspiracy theories truth, facts, fake news.
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a831

The blame game – cartoon

I blame you cartoon

The blame game – cartoon.

A cartoon showing a protester with a banner proclaiming “I blame you”.

The cartoon is about people who need to place the blame for things on other people rather than on circumstances. This includes blaming people for their attitudes rather than analysing the circumstances that make people hold those attitudes.
A cartoon about protestors, political demonstrations, guilt.
Drawn: August 2020
Cartoon reference number: a830b