Mess Cartoons – Can anyone recommend a Cartoonist/Artist


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I intend to propose a Cartoon of the members of my my mess. Can anyone recommend a suitable artist.

Required qualities:

1. Good military cartoons

2. Cheap (of course)
You could do worse than get a decent photo of the subjects and hunt out one of the artists that knock around Liecster Sq on a Sat afternoon to do it during the week. I did this a few years ago and got a decent piece of work for a reasonable price (£10 down and the rest on picking it up).
there's usually an advert in the back of soldier advertising caricatures (sorry mong spelling) who specialises in mess/regimental ones, of course he probably isn't all that cheap


There used to be a fella - his name was Roger Lowless, I think - who worked in HQ RAC at Bovington. He did some cracking cartoons for the Long Armour Courses before the demise of the Armour School, and also did one for my Regimental Mess when we were out in BAOR. This was back in the mid-80s, mind, but if he's still around I'd recommend him.
Just received this from the man himself:

I have just noticed my name being put forward in your files for a possible contact of a Cartoon/Caricature artist.

May I say that if anyone wishes to contact me, they will be able to do so at

I hope this maybe of assistance, may I add that I also do military artwork, thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,
Roger Lowless


Chip (as in "Chuckle with Chip") in Soldier (Zampolitik) Magazine does very good caricatures. He asks each person how they see themselves, their interests etc and then gets the other members of the mess to comment on each other so he can form a rounded opinion of each character and where the piss needs to be taken.
Bryn Parry might do something that would appeal.

He's done the artwork for Help for Heroes so we know his heart's in the right place. He's served himself too.

He does quite a variety of stuff.

Here's one of his sporting shooter cartoons:
EX_STAB said:
Bryn Parry might do something that would appeal.
You probably wouldn't be able to afford BP these days - even if you could persuade him to do it (he's concentrating all his effort on H4H).

If you could - he's excellent. I have a mess caricature he did back in 1987. Bambi Jnr walked straight up to it and said 'Daddy'. Couldn't see where he was pointing mind. :oops:


If you're in the Wattisham area, try looking up Tony Pring. Works for ATIL, extremely talented artist, very popular in AAC circles.

You could try, we used her from a mess cartoon, however not cheap.

Regardless of who you chose to commission, for best results I would ensure that they visit the next mess event and also heed the advice given by Purple Flash.

This will ensure that the end result is appreciated and supported by all.

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