Mel Barren's
Head Spaghetti & Gallery

This is my Head Spaghetti - a jumble of commissions, family cards and ideas that spill from my mind and onto paper.

Scroll down and I hope you will be inspired to commission your own illustration. It doesn't even need a basis in reality, and that is is all part of the originality of my work. I can portray a concept, funny event or memory into something totally unique.

 Contact me and we can talk through ideas for your own illustration and I'll give you a quote. 


Otherwise, please browse in the hope you may at least crack a smile.

A Life In Film, cartoon illustration by Mel Barren

The Anatomy Of A Cartoon

How do I go about creating a unique and individual cartoon? Take a look at this example titled [Person's Name]: A Life In Film.

The man in the cartoon is a documentary film producer with an encyclopedic knowledge of movies. He loves his morning coffee, decent wine, eats out a lot and cycles miles every week. He had also moved from his beloved West London to the depths of South London. 

So ... I've drawn him making coffee, eating and drinking, cycling and walking the streets of South London, all tied together with a quote from a film to match the activity. Neat, even if I say so myself.

If you're stuck for ideas, talk to me. With a little digging I take a simple concept and turn it into a one-of-a-kind cartoon.

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We can work together remotely or via email and messages, or if you prefer face to face, let's meet?
I work in Oxted, Surrey and surrounding areas: Westerham, Woldingham, Sevenoaks, Warlingham, Reigate, Redhill, Caterham, Croydon & London.