Cartoonist Royston Robertson: for gag cartoons,
humorous illustrations, caricatures, comic strips.
All commissions welcome

I was interviewed by "Nigel the Nib Nerd" for the cartoonists' magazine Foghorn ...

What nib/pen do you use?
I use Faber-Castell Pitt brush pens. I've never really got on with dip pens and nibs, though I've experimented with them. I know a lot of cartoonists like to talk different styles and sizes of nib but it always strikes me as a substitute for trains or stamps. I discussed this at a gathering of cartoonists recently with a fellow scribbler and he agreed ... but then he and I started talking about the finer points of using spreadsheets to keep track of gag submissions, so I suppose I've no room to criticise.

How do you colour your work?
I colour scanned linework on my computer. If someone wants original art, say for a caricature, I'll break out the watercolours. I always find them a bit of a hassle though. No matter what anyone says about computers being "just another tool" they do make things a lot easier because of one simple function: undo. There's no undo in real life. Quick, someone write that down ... that's deep, man.

Business cartoons by Royston Robertson

Do you use any software for your artwork?
I use Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Mac. I tried Painter but couldn't get to grips with it. I think it's more for those that want to create a "real" painted look, whereas Photoshop-coloured work has flatter colours and generally looks like it has been coloured on computer. It has become a legitimate medium in itself, I reckon.

Any other secrets?
I don't know if anyone else does this, but sometimes when pencilling I'll get the cartoon exactly how I want it but it's too small to ink effectively. I know I'll never get it right again if I draw it bigger, so I scan the rough and print it out to fill the A4 page, then I put that on the lightbox. Sounds a rigmarole, I know, but it works for me.