So today I got a brief to draw a cartoon image to appear on the packaging for a whoopee cushion. The existing artwork was this wierd ‘stylised’ picture which didnt really show what the product was about, so my brief was simple, show a kid how to use a whoopee cushion. Immediately the first thing that came to mind was my not so wasted youth scouring the pages of my uncle’s 1980′s Beano annuals, tittering to myself at the ingenious illustrations of Leo Baxendale, the original illustrator of comic strips like The Bash Street Kids. Just looking at these illustrations takes you instantly back to that era, where parping was funny, Walter was a softy and the class bully was a right old rotter!
Take the illustration above for instance, I still find it hilarious that Teacher’s wife is just teacher in a wig, and the little touches like his front gate being canes is genius! I wanted to try and capture a little bit of Baxendales style in the whoopee cushion illustration, to reflect the old school fun that it represents.
So here is my Leo Baxendale inspired whoopee cushion illustration. I have tried to capture the spirit of old school Beano whilst still keeping it current, it basically does exactly what it says on the tin. All it’s missing is a little PARP sound effect. Love it!