Skip to content

Welcome to Gary Barker’s blog. Gary is a professional illustrator and editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared on the BBC, in national newspapers and international magazines. Please have a look around and feel free to comment on anything you see. I’m always happy to discuss commissions and if you’d like to see more please visit my official website at:

Pope Benedict announces his new commandment

Darling’s Budget Prayer

Tweedle Dum, Dumberer and Dumbest

At least the stoo-pid Blairites are good for one thing.. They give you lots of
chances to revise old cartoons – this one with Byers joining the happy
throng of idiocy..

Demon Bankers


Tiger Messiah

Dick Cheney practices his ‘advanced interrogation’ techniques

Cheney runs off at the mouth about his wonderful war and lambasts Joe Biden for claiming that the Obama administration should take the credit for advances in Iraq while also claiming that water-boarding is not torture but is merely an ‘advanced interrogation’ technique.

‘Honest’ John Healey’s Fire Sale

Housing minister John Healey told the BBC that housing repossession is the best option for some people. This from the man who made £8OK from the sale of his SECOND home last year.

Terry Loses England Captaincy

Crisis at Stormont

Dara O’Briain

Big Head is Watching You

You have to question the wisdom of a political advertising campaign that seems to want to promote the idea that the leader of the party is some kind of creepy Big Brother control freak which is exactly what the Tories current campaign absolutely screams of to me.

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dummerer

You really would think the Blairites would have got over themselves by  now.  But then again..

Matthew Wright Caricature

As seen on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff this morning.

Charlie Brooker Caricature

Top Gear Caricature

Lord Haw Bore

Shameless Tory MEP Daniel Hannan continues to act like some modern day Lord Haw Haw, using his anti-NHS diatribes to ingratiate himself to US Republican right wingers for purely selfish reasons and scant regard for the people of his own country. New Labour have been terrible in government, but I think anyone who thinks the Tories won’t be even worse is in for a very big shock.

Noel Fielding caricature

Tories to Reverse Fox Hunting Ban

Exterminate the BBC!

Dr Who writer Russell T Davies says the Tories will destroy the BBC if elected. This coming months after Murdoch backed Cameron, funny that..

Santa Brown

Merry Christmas

Berlusconi’s Hair-raising Experience

The self-proclaimed man of the people got more than he bargained for when he actually met the people.

Stephen Fry and Alan Davies

Will Self

Novelist and columnist

Gary McKinnon Extradition

New Labour really do seem hell bent on doing everything they can to ensure they lose the next election.

Free Market Economics 101

gordon brown lets the fat cats prospers at our expense

It’s a simple model – the government takes our money and gives it to the fat cat bankers. The so-called supreme court inexplicably reverses a decision on bank charges (or perhaps it’s not to hard to explain). The law then used the police to squash peaceful protest and everyone in the loops is happy, but as for the rest of us well..

EU President Ernst Stavro Rompuy and his No2

EU President Rompuy and EU Foreign Affairs head Baroness Ashton are the latest triumphs of the political classes’ 21st Century penchant for bypassing democracy.

Who needs bother with democratic elections?

<a href=”“>

Brown, Blair and Mandelson welcome the newest member of the unelected power club.

British Government now considers peaceful protest a terrorist act

The government is to use the EU anti-terror opt out for retention of DNA of anti-war protestors, which effectively means they consider those who protest peacefully against the war are terrorists.

Dimbleby Misses Question Time

<a href=”“>

BBC Question Time host David Dimbleby was forced to miss Question Time this week after being kicked by a bullock on his farm.

Obama Proposes Disarmament

Obama proposes disarmament to the UN while secret Iranian nuclear facility uncovered.

Murdoch and his cronies go to town with their smear job on Brown

<a href=”“>

These sleazes will say and do anything to get their own way and their other puppet Cameron into No10 and the sheeple will just swallow it all up with a big spoon. But then they spell the family name wrong too, their hypocrisy, selfishness and amoral crassness knows no bounds.

Goldman Sachs’ CEO ‘I’m doing God’s work’

<a href=”“>

The man absolutely beggars belief! As one Times comment said ‘if this man is doing God’s work it’s little wonder the churches are empty’.

Chirac Facing Court on Corruption Charges

<a href=”“>

Former French President Jacques Chirac is ordered to stand trial on corruption charges relating to his time as Paris Mayor.

Bob Ainsworth Trial by Nimrod

<a href=”“>

Bob Ainsworth looked like he’d soiled himself when the report into the Nimrod crash blamed government penny-pinching.

Emperor Blair

<a href=”“>
Tony Blair the first EU President?

Radovan Karadzic on Trial in the Hague for War Crimes

<a href=”“>

Karadzic refused to attend court on the first day of his trial for war crimes in the Hague, demanding more time to prepare his case.

Shadow Culture Minister Does His Master’s Bidding

Only a couple of weeks since Murdoch endorsed the Tories and low and behold the Tories repay their master’s kindness stating their plans to ‘rip up’ the BBC’s Royal Charter. One thing you can always say for the Tories they’re not hung up onquality, at least not for the rest of us anyway.

Manx Money Laundering Monkey Business

Trevor Baines collapsed in court today after being found guilty of money laundering in a $175 million scam and remanded in custody. Baines who is 493rd The Times rich list took part in the fraud in 2001.

Tired Old Red Tape Excuses

A controversial one this time. Discontent with British policing has been growing for some time, with the police often claiming they’re unavailable to answer the needs of those who need them most. We hear all the time of families and individuals being victimised by young thugs, with the police calling this anti-social behaviour and label it low priority, and then hiding behind the tired old excuses of ‘being tied up with red tape’ and government’s notions of not wanting to ‘criminalise the young’. The law and the police do not criminalise anyone, the criminals do that to themselves by committing crimes, whatever their age. Perhaps the public (who are being badly let down by the system) might be a little more understanding if the police weren’t so keen to arrest anyone who stands up for themselves, but only doing so out of frustration when the police refuse to help.

Immigration Petard

Baroness Scotland hoisted by her own petard tells us don’t do as I do, do as I say.

Trust Me I’m a Tory..


A publicity postcard I created a couple of months ago in the light of the MPs expenses scandal.

Nero Brown

Homie Cameron

Simon Cowell

Global Reinsurance magazine August cover and centre spread

The race for the AIG CEO’s job hots up


This week’s Daily Star cartoon for Joe Mott’s column:

Accountancy Age weekly caricatures


Nothing more to say.

The Big Bother House

The scurrilous and the treacherous are dropping like flies.

Paul van Buitenen MEP

An example of the work I do for one of my regular clients. Each week I produce a caricature of someone famous in the finance sector. This particular chap is little known outside the business and political sectors, but he is most famous as a whistleblower who revealed fraud and mismanagement within the European Commission. He is now an MEP himself.

The Comedian

Not the Watchmen character, but one of a series I’ve been commissioned to produce for Manx Heritage

HHouse – Hugh Laurie

It occurred to me only after I had finished this caricature of Hugh that his haunted expression reminds me of Munch’s The Scream. I wonder if the casters of House had this in mind when they approached Laurie for the role?

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally permalink
    March 31, 2008 7:29 am

    Great cartoons. Funny and also completely hit the target between the eyes.

  2. March 31, 2008 8:25 am

    Thanks Sally.

  3. August 6, 2008 1:41 am

    I absolutely LOVE these caricatures! Especially Paul Newman and Hugh Laurie! I just saw Hugh on Bravo TV the other day being interviewed – he seems like quite a humble type of fellow with LOTS of talent, for sure!

  4. August 6, 2008 1:41 am

    Oops, forgot to remind you to clean up – wife needs to hoover. (She told me to tell you.) ;D

  5. August 6, 2008 9:17 am

    Thanks Leslie, much appreciated. 80) But I have to admit your second comment lost me.

  6. Derek permalink
    August 30, 2008 7:52 am

    Excellent work! Before I scrolled down the page I actually thought the art deco clock picture was a photo! What software did you use for this? And do you use software to do any/some/all of your illustrations? (eg Hugh Laurie)

  7. August 30, 2008 9:16 am

    Thanks Derek – I love the ‘super-realism’ effect vector methods can create. I used Photoshop to create the vector images from line drawings. All of the caricatures were created on paper with pen, ink and watercolour (including the Hugh Laurie). The Captain Pluton, Creacha Cove, Beckhams and Captain Definite pieces were all pen and ink drawings, which were then coloured in Photoshop. All other work was created on paper with pen, ink and water colour.

  8. September 2, 2008 7:39 pm

    Yindyssagh whooinney – wonderful yessir

  9. September 2, 2008 8:42 pm

    Gura mie ayd Ade.

  10. Rachel Lofthouse permalink
    September 7, 2008 3:37 pm

    Hi Gary,
    Fantastic cartoons / images. Great to see what you are up to after your year at Newcastle Uni.
    I particularly like the Economy Crashes one!
    Best wishes and best of luck,
    Rachel Lofthouse

  11. September 7, 2008 3:59 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Good to hear from you and thanks, it’s all keeping me very busy. Regards to everyone at Newcastle.


  12. Rachel Lofthouse permalink
    September 19, 2008 2:52 pm

    Have you discovered any ways to use the cartooning in your sometimes day job?

  13. September 19, 2008 7:24 pm

    The kids love the idea of me working for the BBC, so I can sometimes use it as leverage for that bit of extra effort if I promise to show them the latest ones.

  14. horace permalink
    September 20, 2008 7:59 pm

    Hi Gary, thought I ought to do a bit of prying around to see what you’ve been up to. And it looks as if you have been a very busy boy.
    All the best H.

  15. September 20, 2008 8:43 pm

    Hi Ian, good to hear from you. Yep – busy’s not the word, I never seem to stop now. How are things with you? I hope you’re keeping well.


  16. March 8, 2013 11:45 am

    You’re welcome


  1. Pope’s resignation. Shocked? Moi? » RuskinBlog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: