B: 1959 Brussels
1978-81 BA Hons, English Literature, UCL
2006-08 MA (Distinction) Art & Space, Kingston University
PatrickBlower is a cartoonist and draughtsman. After completing his degree at UCL, he travelled across USA and lived in New York for close on two years where he gained his first cartoon commissions. Returning to London, he began freelancing and, once, showing his portfolio to an ad agency Art Director he was told to focus on political cartooning and that a challenge of that sort takes ten years. That was in 1986. In 1996 he became the political cartoonist of the Evening Standard where he drew two cartoons a day ( both the single-column pocket gag and the large stand-alone Comment cartoon). Whilst he was there, he was nominated for the Cartoon Art Trust pocket cartoonist of the year award in 1999.
Eight years down the road, Blower wanted a change and as a freelancer again, he drew for Private Eye, Punch, Mail on Sunday and Daily Telegraph among others. In 2007, Blower conceived the ground-breaking Livedraw process which is a rapid turnaround style of animation using a graphic tablet to draw with and then time-lapse editing to make the final piece. He took the concept to the BBC, where the 10’ O Clock News team and Newsnight have commissioned him regularly over the years to produce topical animations, often with a same-afternoon turnaround.
In 2009, Patrick proposed a new venture to The Guardian. He drew and edited weekly topical animated cartoons for the globally prominent Comment is Free section. The series ran for over two years but it was also during this period he co-founded animation house Vidoons.com. Vidoons has since created animated content for organisations as diverse as TED, Clifford Chance, Pearson Educational and numerous NGO’s with an environmental agenda.
He is married with three children and lives in London.