Three areas close to my heart are conservation, ecology and politics.
Marine conservation and ecology are particular passions of mine, and have been since I was a wee nipper. I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to protect the world that we live in.
Some say politics is a boring subject, and when I was a kid, the mere idea of mainstream politics bored me to tears. And now, when I say politics, I mean the big picture, not the baloney you hear from your government or media, where sadly corruption and B.S go hand in hand.
I’m all for positive revolutions and freedom of speech, and I have little time for governments or corporations that wield their power upon those who cannot defend themselves.
So where am I going with this? Well, cartoon illustrations can be powerful tools to express opinion, whether to highlight an issue or injustice, raise awareness or to mock. I have helped rally support for both conservation and political issues by creating caricatures that lends a strong visual image to the cause in question.
Cartoon for Tank Bangers campaign Autumn 2011
The message here is that all groups working in marine conservation, whether it’s for dolphins, sharks or turtles etc, should join together as a cohesive unit…and I heartily agree.
Feedback from Terry Nichols of Tank Bangers
“We were absolutely delighted with the service we received from Rich @ Toucan Jester Cartoons. Everything from our initial contact to the seamless and timely manner our final design was released, nothing was too much trouble – no matter how bizarre our requests! If you need a cartoon or a drawing – I can wholeheartedly recommend Toucan Jester Cartoons, they’re brilliant!”
Commissioned by Mike Prysner. Gulf war veteran and pro-peace activist. February 2012
This cartoon is of ex-4 star US Army General McChrystal and it is for Mike’s latest campaign.
Feedback from Mike Prysner.
‘Hey this is great!! Much better than I can do, haha. Thank you so much! I’ll pass it along right away… my email is XXXXXXXXXhotmail.com if you can send a better version. This is so good man. I can’t stop looking at it, haha. I can’t thank you enough. Everyone was very very impressed with the image, we’d love to work with you again on stuff!’
League Against Cruel Sports ‘Bloody Business’ campaign against Madonna and Guy Ritchie 2005
I was expecting to hear from Madonna’s legal team for this one, but nothing, ha!!
She even refused to add me to her MySpace friend’s list (I did it to see if I made an impression).
She didn’t want to be my friend…whaaaAAA!!
Feedback from Lucy Westmore
‘Whilst with the League Against Cruel Sports, I worked on a campaign highlighting the horrendous practice of game bird shooting. It came to our attention that Madonna and Guy Ritchie were involved in the scene and Rich approached us and kindly offered to donate a cartoon of the pair. The end result was absolutely brilliant and we used it on our website and in a DVD that was distributed to MPs, supporters and the media. Using the medium of cartoon we were able to get across a very serious message in an unusual way while making a strong statement. Thanks very much Rich!’
Shark friend Alisa and her t-shirt…an original Toucan design. First t-shirt sold in the USA!!
Alisa is a Scuba Diver , Shark Conservationist, 333 Productions Publicist, Ocean Defender & Shark Angel.
Huge thanks to Alisa for purchasing the t-shirt!!
Another shark conservationist friend of mine, Katherine Reed from Seattle, USA.
Please check her conservation youtube channel at
Thanks for buying my t-shirt Katherine…looks brilliant on you
Hammerhead print behind Katherine can be found via
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No image may be used for any reason whatsoever without the permission of the copyright holder..or I will send round a broad from Detroit with a 12 bore!