Spencer Hill, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Illustroonist

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21 Jun 2014

I found today's doodle of the day in an archive, it's over ten years old and is one of the first cartoons I drew when I decided I wanted to be a cartoonist.  This guy is actually an Army General I was working for at the time who I thought resembled a rhino in his managerial approach and stature.  

I remember that to help me I also modelled this cartoon in plasticine (children's modelling clay) so I could spin the figure round and draw him from different angles.  This is something I recommend for starting cartoonists.  I presented the General with a drawing depicting his various moods as cartoon animals as a leaving gift.....I wonder if he kept it?
20 Jun 2014

Today's doodle of the day has been inspired by last nights board game session. We played the cooperative board game Robinson Crusoe from Zman games.  An enjoyable if complex game which takes an absolute age to set up as there are so many components. 


We didn't succeed in our team effort to survive, but we did manage to cover the table with more gaming pieces than you would believe was possible!
19 Jun 2014

Back to beards for today's doodle of the day. The digital ink is still wet on this one as I have just finished it and posted it straight to the site.

18 Jun 2014

The update is a little late today as I have been working like mad to colour the first batch of horsey cartoons and upload them to cartoonstock


They are now available to buy either on licence (for presentations or publications) or on merchandise or as prints as part of my growing portfolio of over 220 cartoons.

I will celebrate by not drawing cartoons for the evening :)
17 Jun 2014

I am continuing to post a horsey cartoon every day over on Instagram and they are proving quite popular. My intention is to make them all available to buy through cartoonstock by the end of the week. 


This one has already been instagramed and was very well received, but I posted it in black and white so I figured I would share the coloured version for today's doodle of the day.
16 Jun 2014

An artist friend of mine Neil Burton was very influential in my early stages as a cartoonist, not only as inspiration but also as a tutor whilst I learned the craft. He once said to me that when you were struggling to draw anything and it was getting frustrating you should find one thing which you could always draw with confidence to raise your spirits. 


For me, it was always ladies who looked like they were straight out of my first how to draw book 'How to draw comics the Marvel way'. 

Here's one I doodled earlier :) 
15 Jun 2014

I love the iPad app Sketch Club, which I recommend you check out if digital doodling is your thing and you are lucky enough to have one of these amazing devices.


Today's doodle of the day was drawn in the aforementioned app using my favourite brush tool 'sketchy'. This is Monty, my Mum and Dad's Cairn Terrier. Happy Fathers Day Dad!
14 Jun 2014

A bit of cartoon fun today to wish my nephew a happy first birthday. He has his Mum's mouth but his Dad's beard :)


Beard added in Adobe Ideas on the iPad.
13 Jun 2014

Doodles, by their nature, evolve without too much predetermination or planning and go where they will. Some of the doodles of the day I have been posting have been sketches, or finished cartoons or visual brainstorms. 


This is a random guy who grew from an ear........

12 Jun 2014

The sun has his hat well and truly on, which is very much a 'hip hip hooray' moment in Wales. 


A quick doodle of the day to celebrate it and I'm off to enjoy it somewhere whilst a prospective new client peruses a selection of cartoons I just sent them and the chocolate tart I just made chills in the fridge. Have a nice day :)

11 Jun 2014

Sometimes drawings just draw themselves, and this doodle of the day has probably been drawn by my stomach, which has been churning and gurgling all morning. I don't look as sick as this guy though!

10 Jun 2014

Today's doodle of the day is a little late as I have been on the road for most of the day, but here it is, another beard themed cartoon drawn once again for @thehatman40 on Instagram.

9 Jun 2014

My horsey cartoons on Instagram are starting to attract followers, but I sometimes find the square format for the pictures a bit restrictive. Today's doodle of the day is the cartoon equivalent of a nice stretch after hours travelling in a small car.

8 Jun 2014

Today's doodle of the day is another beard themed cartoon. My life seems to be filled with horses and beards at the moment. I know that technically six of the seven dwarves had beards, but this was a more pleasing and Instagram friendly composition :)

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