A Cartoonist With a Pension?

An elderly Oscar the penguin

It's hard to think about getting old

I was recently floored by a question that I have never had from a client in 11 years of full time cartooning:

Do you have a superannuation fund (Australian pension)…?

and even more surprisingly:

…because we would like to pay into it.

I replied that cartoonists don’t retire – we keep working until we die at the drawing board. The client persisted: (more…)

Upcycled Skirt

At the Top Hut on Bealey Spur

At the Top Hut on Bealey Spur

I’m just back from a visit to NZ, catching up with friends, going to a fantastic wedding and doing an overnight tramp (hike!). On my last day, I went into Christchurch and browsed the Arts Centre Market to find a gifted artist, Ron Tekawa, who uses old fabrics to make wonderful skirts. They can’t quite save my legs and wonky toes, but they are as flattering a shape as I can wear! (more…)

Inspiration or Procrastination – Ron Mueck

I love going to galleries as I come out feeling inspired. I think that this makes the hour or so I’ve spent in them worthwhile, even though it could be viewed as another form of procrastination – I should have been working on Arctic Circle ideas when I went to the Ron Mueck exhibition at the NGV St Kilda Road. It was so much better to see the actual sculptures rather than the photos as only in real life can you see how his sense of scale messes with the subject. (more…)