Illustrations for F.C Copenhagen

Zuma F.C. Copenhagen

Sibusiso Zuma, the South African international footballer while playing for F.C. Copenhagen

I had the great privilege of working for F.C Copenhagen as an illustrator a few years back. The Copenhagen based Danish Superliga football team known as F.C. København, or just F.C.K in Danish, play at and own Parken the Danish National stadium.

I had a few caricatures in their match programme, and an assortment of other merchandising work. It was a ridiculously childish thrill to go into Parken for meetings. The prospect of  bumping into a footballer in the lift, or even the then manager, Roy Hodgson. Sadly Roy appears to have drifted out of football altogether now, and manages England.

You can take the man out of Scotland…

Press and Journal

Working as a cartoonist for the Press and Journal newspaper

Willie Miller Aberdeen F.C.

Cartoon for The Press and Journal. A wee hint of Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) in the brush work.

In the early nineties I worked for Aberdeen Journals’ Press and Journal newspaper as a layouter at their Lang Stracht headquarters in Aberdeen.

I was contributing cartoons to the Aberdeen f.c. fanzine The Northern Light at the same time. I eventually plucked up the courage to submit a couple of cartoons to The Press and Journal. It was a paper that sold 110,000 copies per day, six days a week back then. Covering the area from the Shetlands down to Dundee, and over to the Western Isles. The highest selling newspaper in the area, with an estimated readership of 220,000. The subs, the chief sub, the Assistant Editors, were nice but intimidating people – you wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Four hours after nervously offering two cartoons to the Chief Sub, I was holding a still warm from the presses copy of the P&J in my hand with one of my cartoons on the front page, and another on the all important back page (the football page).

The cartoons were topical and needed to fit in with that day’s news. A sharp learning curve in, coming up with material under pressure, drawing quickly, and accepting the random nature of what others considered funny (editors and sub-editors).

The Press and Journal doesn’t sell as many copies now as when my cartoons appeared. This may or may not be a coincidence.

Cartoons on Denmark

I mentioned on my blog post on Michael Booth’s Guardian article criticising Denmark that I worked for the English language newspaper The Copenhagen Post a number of years ago. So I decided to find some of the old work, and post it here.

However this devout minimalist designer, likes to get rid of old stuff. So I re-drew some of my favourites. More will follow as I get them done.

Danish religious cartoonEaster beer cartoonAnders Fogh Rasmussen Nato cartoon

Meanwhile at Noma restaurant

Noma restaurant

The ugly truth about some British people in Denmark

Michael Booth Denmark
A journalist wrote some nasty and incorrect things about Denmark in The Guardian newspaper. As I’m a little ray of sunshine on all things Danish, plus I don’t like someone else British getting attention who hasn’t even lived here as long as me, I decided to reply…

In Michael Booth’s article in The Guardian newspaper Dark lands: the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle, the writer, who is British and lives in Denmark criticises Scandinavia, and particularly Denmark.

Set up as a counterpoint to the British media’s positive portrayal of Scandinavia, and intended to be tongue in cheek, but not so obvious you’d notice, Booth takes a good hard kick at the country he and I live in.

The British abroad

On first reading I thought it was very funny. Funny in the sense that, that was me 17 years ago. That was British friends of mine I met through Danish language classes, and there are British pub bores in British and Irish pubs in Copenhagen still talking that way. There are also Americans, French and Germans with similar attitudes. Significantly those from the larger Western countries. Or larger than Denmark.

Copenhagen Pub

It also reminded me of my time as a cartoonist on The English language newspaper The Copenhagen Post fifteen years ago. With humour needing a target I nitpicked and teased Denmark and Danish news. Occasionally there was a good gag, but as I came to understand, there was nowhere to go with it. It was wrong, and it was all too obvious. ‘I’m from Britain, a proper country, and I’m here to sneer at you and tell you how things should be done. Laugh at my jokes at your expense’.

Don’t mention trains or the weather

Then there is the article itself, the main themes were expertly taken apart by DR programme Detektor But a couple of minor points they didn’t touch on:

‘As a spokesperson I interviewed at the Danish centre-right thinktank Cepos put it, they effectively work until Thursday lunchtime for the state’s coffers, and the other day and half for themselves.’ Which word in the title ‘Centre Right Think Tank’, is the key word, do you think? A bit like asking Fox News for a quote on Obama. If you’ve lived ten years in Denmark, you’ve seen a few paychecks.

‘The other day, I turned up at my local A&E to be told that I had to make an appointment, which I can’t help feeling rather misunderstands the nature of the service.’ You are effectively given a time to arrive, to save people having to wait three hours if their condition is not life threatening, you know, like in a British hospital.

The trains and the weather

‘And the trains most assuredly do not run on time.’ Seriously? Really? Did you write your article from Christiania? Someone from Britain criticising the trains in another country! You may as well have criticised Denmark for the weather! Oh wait, in your book, you do just that. That’s fine if you’re from Australia, Spain or Italy, but Britain!? I’m from the North East of Scotland, the weather in Denmark is generally a fair bit better than Aberdeen’s. Perhaps the part of England you are from is in the South of France…

Michael Booth Guardian trains

‘Prime-time Danish TV is day-to-day, wall-to-wall reruns of 15-year-old episodes of Midsomer Murders and documentaries on pig welfare.’ For those who missed it, the line ‘documentaries on pig welfare’ is a joke from Booth. Perhaps he should flag them up in future. Oh wait…

‘The Danes are aggressively jingoistic, waving their red-and-white dannebrog at the slightest provocation.’ Doesn’t like flags either.

‘Plus side? No one talks about cricket.’ Another joke from Booth, he should try stand-up comedy.

Bisto, mince pies and sausage rolls

Like a good few other British citizens in Copenhagen, I’m sure Michael Booth can be found at the British Shop in Copenhagen buying corned beef and Bisto gravy, or in one of the English or Irish pubs watching the English Premiership while sneering under his breath that Danish Liverpool supporters should ‘find their own culture’.

It’s all too easy. It’s wrong, and your attempts at humour are sadly not laughable.


The sad death of Marius the giraffe from Copenhagen Zoo

Marius the giraffe cartoon

A sad day for Marius the giraffe, but a good day for dark edged content providers

There is no such thing as bad publicity, as the saying goes. Judging by my Facebook News feed lots of my Danish friends have been to Copenhagen Zoo in the last few days with their kids. (At the time of writing it is three days since Marius the giraffe was put down). And while I don’t think for a second the zoo were involved in a publicity stunt, the negative reaction doesn’t seem to be affecting the zoo, in fact possibly the publicity is having a positive effect. Minus the death threats for those involved obviously…

Black humour content creation

So in terms of content creation, some stories are particularly good for black humour. So, first of all I did not kill the giraffe. Secondly, I am sorry Marius the giraffe is dead, and thirdly, this video here from the UK’s Channel Four news goes along way to show Copenhagen Zoo’s point of view, and how poor Channel Four news is judging by this interview. (I live in Copenhagen)

So I had a little fun. Apologies to the companies involved. Please get in touch if you want this content removed. And thanks to my friend Brian Erritsø Olsen for allowing me to use his genuine photo from the lions eating Marius the giraffe.

Copenhagen Zoo lions eating giraffe cartoon


Noma restaurant cartoon

Noma restaurant Copenhagen

The world famous Noma restaurant, situated in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen. Formerly the official number 1 restaurant in the world (voted by Restaurant magazine), and currently number 2.  Noma is run by chef  René Redzepi, and co-owned by Claus Meyer.

So here’s a cartoon on Noma restaurant Copenhagen. Some inspiration for you René, you can have that for free.

Noma restaurant

Daft Punk gif

Daft Punk animated GIF

Your GIF keeps on giving…

Well guess what’s been playing in my house… my house. I found this excellent tutorial on the net and decided to give it a go and create my own Daft Punk animated GIF, and add a little joke.

Daft Punk gif

halloween marketing

Happy Halloween illustration

Halloween illustration
Halloween Illustration

Halloween illustrations are a fun way to decorate your website or Social Media pages during the late October early November period. All sorts of variations between pumpkins, spiders, witches, moons, werewolves, and terrible puns can be used to develop your brand.

If you require any specialised holiday/celebration illustration or design, please get in touch. There are more examples of my work on my illustration page here.

Halloween spider

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