Nick Brennan
Cartoonist

Cartoons - Illustrations - Animations
Cartoon Workshops for Schools
Museums & Galleries

STUFF ABOUT ME


I've been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over 25 years, for clients including the Beano & Dandy comics (Blinky, Sneaker, Billy Whizz, Crazy for Daisy and more), the BBC, Oxford University Press, English Heritage, Macmillan Publishing, Western Power Distribution, Pearson Education, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery and the Eden Project, to name but a few!





HIRING ME IS EASY PEASY


From small private commissions to large corporate projects; from traditional comic strips to cartoon workshops; from pen and ink sketches to interactive and/or digital content which is Web, ePub, app and social media-ready. I'm always very happy to have a friendly and informal chat about what you need.

So, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Whether you're a commissioning editor with a budget to work to, someone looking for a family gift, or a school teacher interested in hosting a cartoon workshop, I'm easy to work with (check out some of the fab testimonials folk have been kind enough to send me).


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CARTOON WORKSHOPS


GREAT FOR SCHOOLS, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & EVENTS


My popular cartoon workshops are great fun for schools, galleries, museums and any group that would like to learn some of the skills (and secrets!) of cartooning. They can be as short as an hour, as long as a day, or any length in between, catering for all numbers from individual tutoring to groups of 30 or more. In the shorter workshops you'll create your own crazy characters and in the longer ones go all the way to writing and drawing a whole comic strip about them.

You'll learn how to draw different expressions, poses, speech balloons, sound effects, about storyboarding and frame composition and much more besides. My workshops can also be based around a theme; pirates, explorers, space, Hallowe'en, a school topic or an exhibition that your gallery may be hosting... anything at all. They are suitable for absolutely anybody from age 8 and upwards, whatever their drawing skills. The possibilities are endless.



If you'd like to book me to run a workshop


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WHAT PEOPLE SAY


Publishing


"I have worked with Nick over many years on both the Beano and the Dandy, writing scripts for such as Billy Whizz and Brassneck and many, many others. Receiving Nick's brilliant interpretation of the words was always a highlight, as he has that rare gift of being 'funny' with his artwork.

His work never failed to bring a smile to my face and to millions of readers also. Nick is a joy to collaborate with and a funny, genuine, dedicated professional - truly a brilliant cartoonist!"

Craig Ferguson,  Johnston Press (DC Thomson Beano/Dandy 1985-2014)


Cartoon Workshops


“I asked Nick to run three workshops on behalf of Feock Parish Council, these were delivered to young people from 8-16 at schools and community groups. The workshops he ran were professional and interesting, but most importantly FUN. All the groups were delighted with the pace and detail of the workshops. Nick has an innate ability to engage people and has a natural flair for getting the best out of any group. I can’t recommend his workshops highly enough if you’re looking for something fun and different to do.”

Dr. Amy Nettley,  Feock Parish Council


Business


"Nick immediately got our campaign and was able to work to very tight timescales in order to deliver. Working across three time zones wasn't easy, but it would have been even harder if it wasn't for Nick's vision, suggestions and flexibility. I thoroughly recommend him."

Sophie Hodgson,  Aspectus PR


Publishing


"Nick is an award-winning cartoonist who fills his work with colour and zest, in true comic-book fashion. His artwork is always keenly-anticipated. Any publisher employing humour and wit to engage readers will find Nick’s style indispensable."

Greg Sweetnam,  Greg Sweetnam Design Solutions


Cartoon Workshops


"Hi Nick thanks for a great day. The children were fixated from start to finish. The cartooning linked to our curriculum plan and was fantastic fun." Beth Popperwell, Year 6 teacher.

"Taught me lots of things I didn't know about drawing". Kirk year 6

"I feel more confident with drawing now". Zak year 5

Thanks from everyone,  St Day Primary School


Business


"Thank you so much Nick. The cartoons are absolutely fantastic and it’s been a real pleasure working with you!" - Liz Barnes, Marketing Manager, EMEA & APAC

"Thanks for being so responsive, so creative, and so great to work with. I hope we can do business together again." - Stephen Engdahl, SVP Product Strategy

GoldenSource Data Management Solutions


Cartoon Workshops


"Thanks for the fantastic workshop at the Cornish Studies Library last week. Everyone had a brilliant time and produced lots of great artwork for our exhibition! We look forward to working with you again in future."

Chloe Phillips,  Cornish Studies Library


Private Commissions


"I commissioned a caricature for my sister as a Christmas present and supplied Nick with some images and a list of things my sister loves, to try and include in the picture. I just wish I had recorded her reaction when she opened it on Christmas Day!

Since then my friends and family have commissioned various caricatures for birthdays and special occasions and all have been over the moon. It is such a unique present and great for those "difficult to buy for" people and Nick captures expressions and characters perfectly! I've even had one done of myself!!!"

Jennie Trevithick,  The Mermaid Inn






HOW MUCH?



  • Cartoon Workshops
    • My cartoon workshops cost £100 for up to half a day, and £200 for up to a full day, plus travel expenses (which I try to keep to a minimum).

      I can provide either one long continuous workshop or a number of shorter workshops with different groups. A shorter workshop will cover many of the basics of cartoon drawing, while the longer ones can go into more depth, covering topics such as page layout, frame composition, perspective and writing, with participants producing their own full-page comic strip.

      All materials are covered in the price – all you need to do is provide chairs, tables (or something to rest on) and budding cartoonists.

      Boring stuff: I have an enhanced DBS certificate, public liability insurance, and a level 4 qualification in Education & Training (which will hopefully mean something to folk "in the biz").

  • Business
    • You might want a cartoon to liven up an advert, a website, a company newsletter, a company vehicle, or to provide some fun for your social media.

      I'll guide you through the process, and you'll get to see roughs along the way so you'll know what to expect. When I quote you a price I'll stick to it; so you won't get any nasty surprises. 

      I can either work to a budget or give you a quote for what you're after. To give you an idea of what you're looking at price-wise, most of the jobs I do for businesses cost somewhere between £50 and £150.

  • Private Commissions
    • Anyone can commission a cartoon from me!

      You might want a cartoon to liven up a club newsletter, a cartoon to have printed on a T-shirt, a cartoon as a unique fun gift... or, indeed, anything at all! 

      I'll guide you through the process, and you'll get to see roughs along the way so you'll know what to expect. When I quote you a price I'll stick to it; so you won't get any nasty surprises.

      Prices vary depending on what you're after but, to give you an idea, most private commissions tend to cost somewhere between £50 and £100.




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