Dodo cartoon – live dodos discovered on Mauritius!

dodos not extinct - cartoon

Dodo extinction cartoon

Tourists discovering a live dodo on the island of Mauritius.
The dodo is asking the tourists not to reveal that they’ve found it, as it doesn’t want to be pestered by hoards of natural history film units making natural history documentaries

A cartoon about endangered species, dodos, extinction, natural world television programs

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Badger badge art – badger illustration

badger badge art by chris madden

An illustration of a badger, designed for badger badges

A badger drawing or painting, drawn specifically for badges about badgers.
This image was drawn due to the fact that at the moment there’s a debate in the UK about culling badgers in an attempt to stop the spread of bovine tb

This badger badge design is drawn/painted in a graphic style, as badgers lend themselves very well to a graphic art treatment, being so black and white as they are
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Badger design – another image from a series of badgers

badger by chri madden

An illustration of a badger

A badger drawing or painting.
This image was drawn due to the fact that at the moment there’s a debate in the UK about culling badgers in an attempt to stop the spread of bovine tb

This badger is drawn/painted in a graphic style, as badgers lend themselves very well to a graphic art treatment, being so black and white as they are
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Badger artwork

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An illustration of a badger

A badger drawing or painting, drawn due to the fact that in the UK at the moment there’s a debate about whether it’s a good idea or not to cull badgers in an attempt to stop the spread of bovine tb

This badger is drawn/painted in a graphic style, as badgers are lend themselves to a graphic art treatment, being so black and white as they are
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Badger illustration

badger drawing by chris madden

An illustration of a badger

Badger drawing or painting

A deliberately distorted image of a badger. The graphic art approach to this image of a badger is because the shape and markings of badgers lend themselves to the graphic style. It would look good as a wood block print or similar craft image .
This drawing was created due to the current debate about culling badgers to try to stop bovine tb.
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Drawing of a flying crow – taking off from a branch

crow flying from branch - drawing

A drawing of a crow in flight
Illustration or sketch of a crow

A drawing of a crow taking off from the branch

This is an impressionistic drawing, hopefully capturing something of the dark, sinister presence of crows, which is one of the things that make them such impressive creatures (along with their great intelligence too).
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African elephant logo

logo with African elephant - with map of Africa as ear

African elephant logo

A logo about African wildlife, featuring an African elephant with a map of Africa as its ear

This illustration may make a suitable logo for a wildlife organisation or environmental campaign group campaigning against the killing of elephants for the ivory trade.
A logo on the theme of “Save the African elephant”
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Person wearing a snail shell as a hat

snail shell hat illustration

Illustration of a person wearing a snail shell as a hat

This picture doesn’t mean anything specific. I just made it up. Having said that, it obviously has hidden unconscious meaning.
This hat may be a fashion item or a helmet.
It may imply that the wearer is a slow thinker, with a snail brain. Slow thinking isn’t necessarily a bad thing by the way – it might mean considered thinking rather than rash impulsive thinking. Maybe you were being rash to jump to the conclusion that slow thinking might be bad!
An illustration about thinking, unusual headgear, molluscs,

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Illustration – origami horse leaping out of a book

origami horse illustration

Illustration: origami horse leaping out of a book

A young girl riding on the back of an origami horse

The origami horse in this illustration represents the horses depicted in children’s fiction aimed at young girls. The horse is made out of folded paper that represents the pages of children’s fiction.
The way that the child is riding off on the horse (almost flying) represents the flights of fancy and fantasy created by fiction and literature, and the sense of adventure and escapism.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow – a tortoise and hare Cartoon

tortoise and hare thinking fast and slow cartoon

Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Tortoise and Hare Cartoon

A cartoon of the tortoise and hare from Aesop’s fables.
The hare is reading the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, is about the theory that the cognitive functions of the brain operate in two distinct systems, one that operates impulsively and on reflect and one that operates on a more thoughtful and considered level. Both are necessary for survival, with the impulsive system making the snap decisions that are needed to keep you out of trouble.
In my cartoon the tortoise (representing the fast, impulsive part of the brain) is sitting on the back of the tortoise, with the implication that it’s trying to be a bit less impulsive and a bit more thoughtful.

A cartoon about psychology, evolutionary psychology, the mind, fables

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Snail on fire – environmental illustration

snail on fire

An illustration of a snail with its shell on fire

Burning snail image

This is a disturbing image, without any specific meaning in mind, but nevertheless very evocative.
It could be an environmental illustration symboliseing the destruction of the ecosysten or the environment.
The fact that a snail is a slow creature could symbolise the way that nature cannot run away from the destruction of the environment that is occurring.
The image is a digital painting, based quite closely on photos of snails so that it looks realistic (which is important for the impact of the image).
The image could be used in environmental campaigns or media articles and reports about the environment.

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Insect cartoons – house fly cartoon

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Insect cartoons – house fly cartoon

Cartoon of a house fly reading a book (or a magazine)
The book is a pulp fiction horror book

An anthropomorphic cartoon of a housefly sitting in an armchair, reading

Part of the humour in this cartoon is that the housefly is sitting in such a ‘homely’ setting, and is obviously not an unpleasant creature at all.
Notice the pattern on the chair cover – composed of insects (where the human equivalent would show flowers), and the piece of cake, which is going nicely mouldy.
This cartoon is in a similar vein to a Gary Larson cartoon from his Far Side cartoon feature. However, the similarity is coincidental, as I’ve been producing cartoons like this since before Gary Larson became established. It’s a sort of zeitgeist thing, where different people working in the same field produce similar work at the same time, because it’s in the air.

A slightly different version of this cartoon first appeared as a greetings card published by Paperlink

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Gardening cartoon – insect repellant

gardening humour insect-repellant

Gardening humour – how to repel midges

How to repel midges when outdoors

Midges are a pest in the garden and outdoors. They may be small but they go around in swarms and their bites can drive a person to the point of distraction. However, a slight breeze is all it takes to get rid of them.
This cartoon shows a method of producing such a breeze.

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Creepy crawlies on garden flowers cartoon

bugs on flowers cartoon

Garden insects cartoon

Cartoon about garden insects on flowers.

A gardener looking closely at a flower and noticing the tiny insects that are living on it that had been unnoticed until he examined the bloom closely.

The gardener is saying ” It’s wonderful how every spring I’m newly surprised by the incredible shapes and colours of the flowers in the garden – and of the insects that are hiding between their petals.”
A cartoon about garden wildlife, secret life in the garden, invertebrates, nature, natural gardening, organic gardening, eco-friendly gardening

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Frogs spawning in garden pond – garden gnomes cartoon

frogs spawning garden gnomes cartoon

Garden wildlife cartoon and garden gnome cartoon

Cartoon of a garden pond that has garden gnomes round the edge holding coils of barbed wire in order to keep cats away from the pond

The garden gnomes are being used to protect the frogs and fish in the pond from the local cats.
Cats are a problem around garden ponds, especially in the frog spawning season.

Garden gnomes are normally holding fishing rods, spades, wheelbarrows or other gardening implements. Gnomes holding barbed wire is a novelty.
Part of the joke is that this particular type of garden gnome is actually useful rather than just being decorative.

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Vegetable gardening cartoon – cabbage white butterfly cartoon

cabbage white butterfly cartoon

Vegetable gardening cartoon – a cabbage white butterfly in the veg patch

Cartoon showing a girl seeing a cabbage white butterfly in her parents’ vegetable garden

She is saying “Daddy – a lovely white butterfly has just landed on your cabbages!”

A cartoon about the innocence of childhood, garden pests, gardeners’ banes,

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Cartoon about garden birds and bird nesting boxes

Bird nesting box cartoon

Cartoon about garden birds and bird nesting boxes

Cartoon showing a gardener looking at a bird that is nesting in a birdbox in his garden.
The bird is building a nest in the nesting box and is carrying nesting material to the nest.

The man is thinking “Isn’t that one of my prize delphinium seedlings?”

Birds as garden pests taking seedlings.
The cartoon also about the subject of being taken advantage of – the gardener has thoughtfully and kindly provided the bird with a nesting box, but the bird has then proceeded to take the gardener’s plants. Of course in real life the bird wouldn’t realise what it was doing, but this is a cartoon, and in cartoons animals are often as conscious of their actions as humans are – in fact they are humans in animal form.

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Insect pests in gardens – cartoon

ants garden pests cartoon

Garden pests cartoons. Ants in the garden

Cartoon about garden insect pests – ants eating food on a garden table

Cartoon showing a man relaxing at a garden table, but with a column of ants eating his cake on the table. The man is reading a manual titled “How to get rid of ants”.

A cartoon about insect pests in gardens, ants attracted to sweet food in a garden.

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Wildlife gardening cartoon – a nesting box for robins

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Garden humour – putting a nesting box for robins

Cartoon showing a gardener putting a bird box in a tree to encourage birds to nest in his garden

The joke is in the fact that there’s a robin building a nest in the packaging or packing box that held the nesting box kit rather than in the nesting box itself.
Robins are well known for building their nests in unusual places, such as in discarded kettles, tin cans etc.

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Joke about the arrival of summer – the first swallow and first hay fever sneeze

 first swallow and first hay fever sneeze joke

Cartoon about the arrival of summer – the first swallow arriving at the same time as the first hay fever sneeze

Showing gardeners in a garden seeing the first swallow of summer and hearing the first hay fever sneeze at the same time.

Traditionally it’s the sound of the first cuckoo that heralds the summer, however cuckoos are now becoming rarer. Meanwhile, hay fever is becoming more common, so the sound of a hay fever sneeze is replacing the call of the cuckoo as the harbinger of summer.
A cartoon about allergies, seasons

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Garden cartoons – cats watching frogs spawning in a garden pond

cats watching frogs spawning - joke

Garden pond cartoon. Cats watching frogs spawning in a garden pond

A cartoon showing cats staring into a garden pond in which frogs are spawning

A cartoon about wildlife in the garden, encouraging wildlife, cats catching birds and animals in the garden, deterring cats, frogs’ breeding season, spring in the garden.
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Cat toilet cartoon

cat joke - looking at seed bed

Cat cartoon. A cat looking at a freshly raked seed bed in a garden and thinking of using it as a toilet

One of the problems of cats in gardens is that they often use parts of the garden as a toilet

A cartoon about cats, litter trays, gardening, toilets, seed beds, deterring cats

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Garden pests cartoon

a bugs guide to garden pests cartoon

Gardening cartoon. A bug’s guide to garden pests

A comic illustration showing a caterpillar or grub (a garden pest) looking at a gardening book or manual about garden pests. The pest shown in the book is a gardener with a canister of pesticide.
The cartoon is in the anthropomorphic tradition commonly associated with cartoonists such as Gary Larson.

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Garden birds cartoon

bird box cartoon

Cartoon featuring a bird box with a bird feeding station attached

A humorous illustration about how to encourage birds into the garden by providing nesting boxes and feeding areas such as bird tables.

A joke about encouraging wildlife into the garden.

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The first signs of spring in the garden – the first slug of spring

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Garden cartoon. Signs of spring in the garden – the first slug of spring

Humorous illustration showing the first butterflies of spring and the first slugs of spring.

In the early months of the year gardeners are eagerly on the lookout for the first signs of spring.
They are pleased to see the first green shoots of spring, the first butterflies and the first swallows of summer. However the changing seasons also bring less welcome visitors such as, as shown in this cartoon, slugs and snails.

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Solar power cartoon – solar panels on an artificial sunflower

solar panels cartoon

Solar energy cartoon -solar panels on an artificial sunflower

Showing a plant harnessing energy from the sun. The plant in the cartoon is artificial (a sunflower) and the energy it is obtaining is being used to drive a speaker which is producing the sound of birdsong.

A humorous illustration about alternative energy, sustainable energy, renewable energy sources, electricity generation.

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