Like many of you, I'm sure, I find myself reflecting on a troubling twelve months. I'm reaching a milestone age this week and would likely be in a bittersweet frame of mind in any event, but as things stand I'm more acutely fearful for the fate of the world and the people in it than ever before in my life. The cartoon above spells it out; there is much to do.
Despite all the depressing news, professionally this has been a particularly varied and rewarding year with some highlights including the Gorbals Vampire project with the Citizen's Theatre, illustrating a number of cartoon strips for Who Cares? Scotland as well as a series of posters for George Leslie Ltd, drawings candidates at a cultural hustings event for the Scottish Artists Union and of course the on-going Fizzers® exhibition at the People's Palace and Winter Gardens.
Here's a #best9 image, like all the cool artists are doing:
I've been on the board of directors for CRNI for well over a year now and that work has taken me to the Scottish Parliament as well as engagements all round the UK and as far afield as Catalonia and France. In recent months it's been my pleasure to start working more closely with other like-minded orgs such as Cartooning For Peace. All that will continue in 2017, with the first port of call being the Scottish Humanist Society, Edinburgh in a few weeks' time.
A particular privilege was to twice find myself drawing caricatures for paediatric cancer patients, their parents and siblings as well as care-givers. The grace, bravery and good humour with which these families face the very worst that life can throw at them has lent me some much-needed perspective this year.
We are obligated to keep moving forward and to do what we can, when we can, no matter in what measure, to make things better.
Merry Christmas, peace on Earth, goodwill toward all.