Young cartoonist finds magic formula to scoop top prize
A YOUNG cartoonist turned an age-old joke on its head to win the British Cartoonists’ Association’s Young Cartoonist of the Year Competition.
Christian Beeston, 12, was the youngest entry from over 500 submissions nationwide in a competition open to 18-year-olds and under and judged by the cartoon glitterati of the national press.
The King’s School pupil’s winning entry features a rabbit pulling a man out of a hat and has only four letters of writing ‘Ta Da’.
Christian said: “I wanted to think of something original and simple; something that makes you laugh and it just came to me.
“It’s not really a comment on how mankind uses animals and what it would be like if the roles were reversed, but I can see how people might think that.
“It was just a joke and I liked it because it made me laugh.”
Christian received £250 in a special ceremony at the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street in London.
He has been drawing since he was little and admits to being something of a doodler.
He said: “I just love drawing. I find it very relaxing just playing around with some pens and paper.
“I do most of my drawings in connection with school work as I don’t have much time at home.
“It was an honour to meet these cartoonists and I was quite nervous but they were all so interested in my work and I got so many tips.”
Mum Lotte said: “Christian always has a pen and paper to hand and loves drawing. I remember when he was just three-years-old he produced a picture of a giraffe that was just remarkable.”
Martin Rowson, chairman of the BCA, said: “Our criteria, which we keep in our heads but instinctively understand amongst ourselves, is that the cartoon should first make us laugh and second be publishable.
“Christian’s came up trumps on both counts in spades: it’s both witty and wittily drawn, and that, to put it simply, is the dark secret at the heart of our craft.”
The winning artwork, along with runners up, will be displayed in the museum’s Young Artist’s Gallery for the next year.
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