Cartoons

Peter Schrank / May at No 10 / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Hung Parliament / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Arm wrestle / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Turkey choice / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trust in me / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump and Putin / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump leader / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Dutch elections / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / French elections / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Bricks / 2017 / Bricks , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Seal / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Refugees / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Populism / 2017 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Fingers / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / FBI / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Hands / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Dylan / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Stone / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Iwo / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Shocking / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Hate / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Mutti / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Turkey / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Boris and May / 2016 / x , X Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Course / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Roussef / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Brexit 1 / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Assad 5 years / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Palmyra / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump elephant / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Turkey / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Brexit 2 / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump / 2016 / x , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trade / 2016 / x , x Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / After Paris / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Renegotiate / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Welcome / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Spot the difference / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Oil / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Lost / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Joining ISIS / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Trump trash / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Paris attacks / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Iran / 2016 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Angela's saloon / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / NSA / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / The EU ship of states / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Calais and the swarm / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / SNP / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Merkel/Hamlet / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Statues / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Le Pens / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / French reforms / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / China and Greece / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / UK Labour Party / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / ISIS hitcher / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Europain / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / US and Cuba / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Charlie / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Assad / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Who is Charlie? / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Welcome to Kos / 2015 / , Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / Donald Trump / 2015 / xx , xx Enlarge ►

Peter Schrank / The Man Who... / 2014 / The Guardian , UK Enlarge ►

Cartoon essentials

Three things should preoccupy the political cartoonist: a passion for drawing, an appreciation of humour and satire, and an interest in politics and current affairs. Which one of these dominates, or came first, varies between us cartoonists. In my case it’s definitely drawing. In other words: I became a political cartoonist because it gave me the chance to make a living by drawing. The third, the interest in politics, came last. I had to learn to become interested, at first because it made the job easier, later on I became hooked.

There are not many opportunities now for people who like to draw. I can only think of illustration, mainly for children’s books, comic strips/graphic novels, and cartoons. Very few artists consider drawing a necessary skill. Most art schools and colleges in the UK hardly teach it. In late 2011 Tracey Emin was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. I don’t think her drawings are without merit, nevertheless this suggests that the RA don’t attach much importance to the teaching of drawing. What a pity. Drawing is a basic human activity. All children, given a chance, express themselves by making marks on paper.

The oldest evidence of human culture dates back about 40’000 years, much of it left to us in the form of drawings, or scratchings, found on the walls of caves. We also have some sculptures from this period, and I have no doubt that music and story-telling go back a long way, nevertheless our continuing obsession with the visual proves that we humans are interested, first and foremost, in visual culture, with drawing at the heart of it. There is no evidence that Neanderthals produced drawings, or any artefacts for the pure joy of it, as Cro Magnon man did.

Our species’ pursuit of culture may have helped create social cohesion and given them the edge to succeed over their competitors. A success which had now propelled us into a digital age, in which printed paper is becoming obsolete. So the last refuges for people who love drawing are being squeezed. Of course it’s inevitable that drawing, creating images by hand, will continue by means of digital tools. The nature of the tool is irrelevant. But I believe that the traditional skill of making marks on paper, cave walls, or any other object in the physical world, should remain at the base of it.

There is some reason for optimism: The two most popular art exhibitions in London recently were by David Hockney and Lucien Freud, both superb draughtsmen. But then Hockney was born in 1937, Freud died in 2011, aged 89.

Peter Schrank

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