A cartoonist is hoping to draw a living from his talent producing topical and humorous sketches of current affairs.
Steve Taylor, of Greavestown Lane, Lea, Preston, first picked up his pencils around a decade ago and since then has seen his work appear in several national newspapers and magazines.
Steve found he had a talent for producing panels which cast a side-long look at the events of the day in news or sport after signing up for a correspondence course.
He is now hoping to find enough success to enable him to leave his job producing signs and write and draw on a full-time basis.
Steve, 40, said: “I’d been interested in cartoons at school, and also writing and poetry, so when I did the course it all fell into place. I finished it, learning from one of the country’s top professionals, and it went from there.
“You have to draw things which are very current and strong in people’s minds.
The difficulty is that it’s very subjective; what makes one person laugh out loud might not even raise a smile from someone else.Steve Taylor
“Once you have an idea you have to just draw it.
“I’m always on the ball listening to things which are going on, so if someone wants a cartoon for the following day I can come up with ideas within a couple of hours.
“The difficulty is that it’s very subjective; what makes one person laugh out loud might not even raise a smile from someone else.”
His work so far has included humorous caricatures of newsworthy characters ranging from Prime Minister David Cameron to footballer Luis Suarez as well as pieces looking at everything from problems of excessive drinking to the state of the banking industry.
Steve says from starting out in cartooning he was determined not to be too influenced by other successful illustrators’ work, instead allowing his own style to develop.
This determination to be true to himself has certainly paid off, with high-profile appearances in the likes of the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mirror’s sport section and Private Eye magazine.
However, Steve does say he is particularly impressed by the work of Telegraph cartoonist Matt, who produces small sketches in a fast, loose style, and Guardian artist Steve Bell for his more detailed and in-depth pieces.
He said: “I’ve learned certain things but never copied anyone else’s style, which I think a lot of people do. I’ve then tried to develop my style on my own.
“There’s quite a few cartoonists I like, I particularly love Matt’s sense of humour, I would like to do cartooning for a living and take the plunge, either having a contract or doing more work on a freelance basis.”
For more information about Steve’s cartoons, visit steves-view.com