Smithy draws them in
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.