Pen and Think: A portrait of Martyn Turner

“Pen and Think” is a profile of the satirical cartoonist Martyn Turner….

“Pen and Think” is a profile of the satirical cartoonist Martyn Turner, who has been poking fun at worldwide events for the last 30 years now. He is best known for his work at The Irish Times, where he draws 4 cartoons a week. Thanks to Martyn for putting up with the cameras ! Music is by Barry Fitzgerald and Ian Cudmore.

3 Comments

  1. vincent holmes added these pithy words on January 5, 2010 | Permalink

    As I great fan of Martyn Turner I found this video clip very informative and insightful. I have a few observations to make on Martyn’s comments (any chance of getting an email address for him?). Firstly, Martyn is not only a cartoonist, he is an artist in the creative sense of the word and demand for that type of art will never die, whether it is online or on paper(printed). My view is that one can exploit and adapt the technology to advantage. Despite the fact that printed newspapers are in decline there will always be a demand for satire whatever format is used. On the issue of replacment cartoonists (I know one, he is nineteen!), the Irish Times, Martyn Turner et al should encourage “the youth of today” (by way of a competition?) to submit their satirical works. I am 55 a similar vintage to Martyn himself and I would love to see more cartooning in Irish and English. I am endeavouring encourage and promote my young friend to exploit his talent. As is said in Irish “mol an óige” (praise the young) and they will flourish. One of Martyn’s comments caught my attention particularly, and here I disagree with him. He mentioned, if i got it correctly, that if someone suggests a piece of work to you, it is their work and not yours. On the contrary, I would call this collaboration and it may be a way of sourcing new talent. In my own case, I am talentless when it comes to sketching and drawing, but I have ideas that I would love to present in cartoon form. If Martyn was in the “hire a cartoonist” market I would be the first in the queue.
    I have one prayer for Martyn Turner “Never never give up your work until they have to prise the carpenter’s pencil from your stiff dead hand!” Vincent Holmes 0872797355

  2. cal added these pithy words on January 5, 2010 | Permalink

    Hi Vincent, Thanks for your comments, I’ll pass them onto Martyn!

  3. Emily added these pithy words on June 2, 2010 | Permalink

    As I great fan of Martyn Turner I found this video clip very informative and insightful. I have a few observations to make on Martyn’s comments (any chance of getting an email address for him?). Firstly, Martyn is not only a cartoonist, he is an artist in the creative sense of the word and demand for that type of art will never die, whether it is online or on paper(printed). My view is that one can exploit and adapt the technology to advantage. Despite the fact that printed newspapers are in decline there will always be a demand for satire whatever format is used. On the issue of replacment cartoonists (I know one, he is nineteen!), the Irish Times, Martyn Turner et al should encourage “the youth of today” (by way of a competition?) to submit their satirical works. I am 55 a similar vintage to Martyn himself and I would love to see more cartooning in Irish and English. I am endeavouring encourage and promote my young friend to exploit his talent. As is said in Irish “mol an óige” (praise the young) and they will flourish. One of Martyn’s comments caught my attention particularly, and here I disagree with him. He mentioned, if i got it correctly, that if someone suggests a piece of work to you, it is their work and not yours. On the contrary, I would call this collaboration and it may be a way of sourcing new talent. In my own case, I am talentless when it comes to sketching and drawing, but I have ideas that I would love to present in cartoon form. If Martyn was in the “hire a cartoonist” market I would be the first in the queue.
    I have one prayer for Martyn Turner “Never never give up your work until they have to prise the carpenter’s pencil from your stiff dead hand!” Vincent Holmes 0872797355

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