Steve Bell

archive of his work at www.belltoons.co.uk. His current work and interviews with him are available at www.guardian.co.uk

approaches caricature by picking out key visual elements which he amplifies and distorts: Tony Blair’s eyes and ears, Margaret Thatcher’s
nose. These features make them look like Blair and Thatcher, but he also makes them a site of connotation – Blair’s eyes make him seem slightly demented, while Thatcher’s nose becomes hard and beak-like. In Steve Bell’s John Major, he’s worked with a fairly recognisable portrait of him, though in every cartoon Major is wearing his underpants on the outside of his suit, connoting a level of innocent ineptitude.

“It isn’t simply a question of getting the likeness: you have to discover the character behind the face. My early Thatchers are no more than press photos rendered into line drawings, but then the woman herself was not yet a fully formed personality.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquJvlEXhJ8