Smithy draws them in

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives -

AWARDED car­toon­ist Greg ‘Smithy’ Smith has been part of the Western Sub­urbs Weekly team and here he tells of some of his more mem­o­rable con­tri­bu­tions for he pa­per’s 10th an­niver­sary.

IT was a de­pic­tion of for­mer prime min­is­ter John Howard when he gained con­trol of both Fed­eral Houses of Par­lia­ment which drew the most ire from western sub­urbs res­i­dents.

“I drew him in a Nazi pose com­ing out of Kir­ri­billi House in a staff car, and it def­i­nitely raised the heckle of a few read­ers, with some say­ing ‘How dare you?’,” Smithy said.

He joined the Western Sub­urbs Weekly’s par­ent com­pany Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group in 1994 af­ter a stint with the Perth’s now de­funct evening pa­per The Daily News in the 1980s.

He is now the reg­u­lar car­toon­ist for The Sun­day Times and fills in at The West Aus­tralian.

He has won a swag of awards, in­clud­ing best car­toon at the WA Me­dia Awards 2005 to 2008, 2010 to 2012 and 2014, and News Lim­ited car­toon­ist of the year fi­nal­ist, with the late Bill Leak, Warren Brown and Mark Knight, in 2016.

For sev­eral years Smithy would draw ex­clu­sive

weekly car­toons on very lo­cal is­sues for the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

His tal­ent was un­leashed on sev­eral front pages for ma­jor sto­ries, in­clud­ing de­pict­ing lo­cal may­ors as chick­ens about to get the chop be­fore coun­cil merg­ers even­tu­ally failed and SAS Reg­i­ment mums’ vic­tory in the bat­tle to save their Seaward Vil­lage.

Smithy said draw­ing for­mer premier and Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett was al­ways a chance for some mirth.

“I think the gaps got wider in his teeth as time went on,” Smithy said.

“I miss him.”

He also said Curtin MHR Julie Bishop had her own dis­tinct style.

“She’s got that laser stare, but she’s easy to draw with that square jaw,” he said.

Smithy said he started draw­ing his teach­ers at school and liked nail­ing the core truth of an is­sue in a draw­ing.

Some ex­am­ples of Smithy’s work for the Weekly.

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