When an occupational therapist approached me to help her rebrand her practice for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we did some brainstorming.
Our early idea was to use a loose drawing of children, arms raised, growing like trees with a leafy crown. It didn’t quite gel.
For the transition period, the client had asked for a holding web page. We had agreed on a stock photo of three young boys, dressed in super hero costumes, jumping into the air. This seemed like another promising lead, so I drew this, using repeating oval shapes.
After some more discussion about style, this is what emerged as the final version.
In Mt Druitt in Sydney’s western suburbs, Paul Breen has set up a construction yard for young unemployed people. His aim is not just to train them in common building tasks, but to challenge them to work both quickly and safely.
He wants to make young people, who often think of themselves as immortal, conscious of the dangers of a work site. Others have tried various approaches, and had little or mixed success. Paul’s approach might just have a chance.
Here’s a cartoon I drew that exemplifies what he’s trying to do.
Muslim extremists have, of course, made death threats against cartoonists in Denmark and elsewhere. Politicians like Turkey’s Erdogan have been disappointingly thin-skinned. But it still came as a surprise when some young men in Paris actually murdered cartoonists in a satirical magazine. After all, cartoonists are the class clowns, the jesters. They are protected by their humour and the expectation that they’ll be scallywags. No?