Linda Carter is just in the process of completing her Cartooning Diploma With John Byrne. Linda has recently set up some Facebook pages and a website for her work and we asked if it would be possible for Linda to write about her work for our blog sending along a few examples. We are thrilled to post it all below, we love Linda’s work and we hope that you find it inspiring too!
I rediscovered my love for drawing in December 2013 after a very long break away, really I hadn’t drawn for about 30 years, since childhood, as a child I had a thing for cartoons and spent many hours drawing my favourite characters. I stopped drawing in my early teens, I spent 12 years working in graphic design, then married, had children and was a full time Mum.
In 2013 we added to our family with a large labradoodle and a bearded dragon, I thought it would be fun to draw them and that was that, I moved on to drawing pets for family and friends, I was drawing most days, in Jan 2014 I found The London Art College and couldn’t believe that they offered a diploma in cartooning, it took me straight back to my childhood love – almost forgotten! I had to sign up.
I am currently about 3/4 of the way through my course and really enjoying it, I have learned so much. With new skills and growing confidence I decided to set up a Facebook business page to show my artwork, I have been overwhelmed by the support I have had, I have regular visitors to my pages and have been lucky enough to have had quite a few orders too which include fun family cartoon portraits, cartoon greetings cards, and pet portraits. I also offer digital artwork too and have a separate Facebook page just for that. All of my artwork is created from customer photos and I am so thrilled to have been booked up for commissions over the last 4 months or so.
In the future, there are many things I would like to do, when my course is completed I would like to expand my cartoon work by perhaps creating fun designs suitable for the greetings card market, also develop my own comic strip and create fun comic strips for customers based on their families and pets, I would love to illustrate a young children’s book and do a couple more courses at The London Art College to help me with all that.
Here are some samples of my work and links to my Facebook pages and new website: