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John Allison


John Allison, Plastic Planet, 2020.

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What's your relationship to Kingston? 

I live and work from home as a freelance cartoonist in Kingston.

artist medium

Artwork - pen and ink, online,etc.

Describe your art or craft practice in a few sentences

I have been a professional freelance cartoonist since 1991.  Provide editorial cartoons for journals and online sites but also have experience in humorous sketches, book illustration, and private industry and corporate projects. You can also find me on Facebook where I regularly post topical gag cartoons.

Artist bio 

I have been freelancing since 1991 - have built up a range of clients.  Usually hand draw the original and depending on the client, provide the final color or black and white artwork online.

do you have a favourite artist or artwork?

Range of Melbourne  and Australian cartoonists - Mark Knight, Jeff Hook, WEG.

what was your first experience of art?

I worked in the government in public relations  and began cartooning on the side. Then got into public relations with VicRoads and ending up doing a lot of cartoons and sketches relating to road safety.  A lot of material was aimed for children.

How has the current situation changed your approach to making art?

Have not changed my work patterns under the COVID 19.

What motivates your creative business or arts group? 

Just like keeping the brain active and creating new concepts and ideas for different audiences.  Also believe that cartoons and humour can be a clever way to convey serious messages to the public. Areas I have used this approach are road safety, men's health and general health issues.  

What are you looking forward to after the pandemic? 

Continuing my work - also am working a couple of book projects.  Plan to write and illustrate a children's book or two.  One on animal welfare and the other relating to road safety and children in cars.