Gemma Correll

Is being an illustrator a real job?  “No, it’s a fake job. I actually run a very successful drug smuggling ring. I just pretend to draw things and distract people with my cute pugs”.

Gemma Correll is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person.She is the author of – among others – “A Cat’s Life” (Te Neues),  “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (2013) and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (2015). She publishs my “Four Eyes” cartoon at and at The Nib on She also draws a monthly Skycats cartoon for the Emirates Airlines Open Skies magazine. She has a staggering 219,000 followers on Instagram! Her illustration clients include Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and The Observer.

She is incredibly successful, to me,  because she combines very simple characters in terms of shape/outline/colour with an acerbic, eccentric, self-deprecating wit. Her offbeat cartoons have me crying with laughter. Main topics covered are pugs/cats/food/womens stuff/alcohol. She pokes her pen of wit at the everyday and common neuroses – weight, diet etc. Probably particularly appealing to women. Colours and line are simple, very little shading. Quite tidy and neat and childlike.

As a special treat to you the reader I’ve put up 7 yes 7 of her brilliant cartoons.

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Australians in particular don’t seem to get her work, some critics commenting:

“wtf. worst cartoons ever!” – Luc Walker of Australia

“I don’t understand this new illustration trend that’s… just bad pen drawings … at least put effort into things not pen doodles” – Gabe, from Twitter (and also, Australia)

“… ugly, pig-faced drawings … ” – Angry Canadian lady

“How is this funny? Like at all?” – Mariah (location unknown, but I’m guessing probably Australia)



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