Photo gallery: Norfolk cartoonist wins national award

PUBLISHED: 09:43 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:43 09 December 2014

Cartoonist Brian Adcock in his studio at home at Sprowston, with his four-year-old dog, Millie. Picture: Denise Bradley

Cartoonist Brian Adcock in his studio at home at Sprowston, with his four-year-old dog, Millie. Picture: Denise Bradley

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He spends his days sketching the great and the good from across the land.

But now Norfolk-based cartoonist Brian Adcock finds himself in the limelight after winning a national award to add to his growing collection.

Mr Adcock, who creates satirical cartoons for a number of national and regional publications, took top prize at the annual Political Cartoon of the Year Awards.

The 46-year-old, who was up against many of the UK’s leading cartoonists, was presented with the award at a ceremony in London by broadcaster Jeremy Paxman – himself no stranger to making leading political figures appear foolish.

The former Great Yarmouth High School pupil, who creates cartoons for the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Independent, was up against many of his cartooning heroes.

He said: “To win is unbelievable, I am stunned. British cartoonists are some of the most extraordinary in the world, it’s quite a shock.”

The winning cartoon, which was based on a climate change warning from the United Nations, appeared in the Independent in April of this year.

Mr Adcock began drawing cartoons at a very early age and cites superhero comics and The Beano as inspirations. He said “I’ve always loved drawing, as a child I would sit at a table and draw for hours while the rest of my friends were playing outside.”

He has been working for the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday for the past ten years and for the Independent since September 2013. Each cartoon is created from his studio in Lone Barn Road, Sprowston, and takes more than six hours to complete from start to finish.

He said his favourite politician to depict was Nigel Farage.

“He’s a joy to draw,” he added. “He has an interesting face, it’s like drawing a pantomime villain. The uglier the politician, the better they are to draw.”

Others, however, present some difficulties to cartoonists. Mr Adcock said that he was not alone among his contemporaries in finding Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, a difficult subject.

“All cartoonists have a problem with Nick Clegg,” he added. “He has no features to get to grips with.”

Earlier this year Mr Adcock was awarded cartoonist of the year for the third time at the 2104 Scottish Press Awards. A selection of Mr Adcock’s cartoons are in the recently published book The Best of Britain’s Political Cartoons 2014.

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