We caught up with popular Church Times cartoonist Dave Walker to find out a bit more about his work and what inspires him.
You mainly specialise in Church cartoon and cycling cartoons, but if you could pick a third area, what would it be?
I have secret plans to cartoon other areas of life, but I can't tell you about them... I draw cartoons about church goings-on and cycling because I know about them, and having an in-depth knowledge of a subject helps you know where the humour is. I enjoy doing topical / political cartoons but find they don't always come easily.
You post very topical and relevant diagrams on your blog, how long do you spend researching before you draw up the cartoon?
It depends on the topic. Sometimes no time at all, but something like the 'Reasons to remain' cartoon took a lot of reading and noting things down.
Your style of drawing is very unique and entertaining, where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration for specific cartoons can come from anywhere - there isn’t really a formula. I rely a lot on ideas sent to me. As for inspiration more generally, favourite artists and cartoonists are important to me. I have shelves full of cartoon books by W. Heath Robinson, Jean-Jacques Sempé, and others.
If you were not a cartoonist, what would you be?
I can't really do much else (apart from editing a church newspaper website, perhaps…). If I was doing something else it would probably involve working with other people and being outdoors, neither of which feature heavily in a cartoonist’s daily routine.
In five words, what effects do you hope that your cartoons have on those that read them?
Cheer people up. Occasionally challenge.
Do you have a favourite cartoon – and why?
Possibly my cartoon ' The election', because it has a message, has been widely shared and (possibly - I don't really know of course) may have made people think about voting who otherwise wouldn't have done so.
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