Jamie Charteris

York, United Kingdom

Born in Scotland, lives in York. Cartoonist since childhood. Still looking for funny in ancient ways – pen, brush, paper, ink,...

Art school drop out?! It’s a bit of a cliché but they exist and Jamie is one of their number. Why? The usual reasons: a broken heart, confusion, over beering (sic) friends etc. That was in 1979. In 1980 he moved to London and was commissioned by Camden Graphics to produce ideas and drawings for greetings cards – but not that many! After a brief and disastrous period in advertising he left The Big Smoke, returned to Yorkshire and lay on his mother’s sofa for a not inconsiderable period of time – still doodling and thinking, of course! The truth is, like a lot of cartoonists/artists, he has drawn since childhood, for pleasure and keeping sane.

Around 1986, serendipity led him to meeting the founder of the new publisher Paperlink Ltd. with whom he worked for around 28 years. In that time, along with the cards, he produced cartoons for children’s publications including a Christmas book written by Sarah Hayes for walker Books, magazines, his local newspaper and private corporate clients. One range of his cards, ‘Dot’ published under the pseudonym
Daphne David, was syndicated to the New Zealand Herald and a Yorkshire evening paper.
A few years ago Jamie felt a change of direction was needed and stopped working for Paperlink and decided to write! And did! (go trawl the web for The Lost Shadow – his imprint for e books). But he intends to write more. However, he discovered once a greetings cards cartoonist, always a greetings cards cartoonist. He particularly missed his Father Christmas and Rudolf the reindeer characters. Also he’s always enjoyed drawing the slightly (or extremely) vulgar joke as well as the more left field idea. Artists never stop being artists – however hard they try!

Working mostly with good ol’ fashioned pens, brushes and paper Jamie is trying out Redbubble as one opening for cartoon/greetings cards work. It offers a great degree of flexibility in terms of when he produces and uploads work: in theory allowing him to manage time between writing and cartooning – as both can be all-consuming pursuits. Also self publishing on a site like Redbubble permits publishing jokes that would never see the light of day with a mainstream publisher – just not commercial enough.

Jamie, born in Scotland, now lives in York in a terraced house originally built for workers of the Terry’s chocolate factory. His three children are grown up (ish) and he his thinking of getting another dog.

  • Joined: July 2018
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