gerbil-comic-smlAbout Alison Lingley

A bit about me ….

I was born in Derbyshire and am told I drew on any flat surface – appropriate or not – from the moment I could wield a pencil.

At school I supplemented my pocket money by painting record sleeves on leather jackets and by drawing and circulating a comic called “Gerbil Weekly” Yes, honestly, I still have a few copies to prove it ! It featured a cast of gerbil characters and mainly poked fun at the school and staff.

jump-all-smlThis venture taught me the terror of looming deadlines and the peril of satire getting into the wrong hands …

I spent a lot of my early working life at a succession of riding stables and boarding kennels. A bit unconventional for a cartoonist / illustrator but I think it helped – I understand too well what it feels like to take a jump without the horse (my speciality).

I also know that chihuahuas do not think they are small dogs and you would never take a labrador to an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

fat-lab-smlThey don’t teach these essentials at art school.

I am now very privileged to be able to live and work in beautiful Gloucestershire ably assisted by the real life stars of “Tales from the Doghouse”

Alison Lingley

My Inspiration