Tony Rafty, Cartoonist, Caricaturist
& Legendary War Correspondent & Artist - February
Rafty is one of Australia's great cartoonists
and caricaturists, and some may say, he is an
Australian national treasure.
Man Australia editor and journalist, Greg Tingle,
met Tony in Coogee's Beach Street Launderette
Art Gallery, on Sydney's South Eastern Suburbs.
Greg stayed in touch with Tony, and was kind enough
to grant Greg an interview over a cup of coffee,
at his beautiful home at Malabar.
is a transcript of some of the interview that
do you approach drawing the caricature of someone?
try to notice clothes, shoes, the way people stand.. If
you look at my drawings, I hope to capture the
spirit. A caricature is meant to be exaggerated
to a certain extent, but if its too much,
you lose the likeness. It all has to do with seeing
the person. I like to capture a personality when
they are talking and moving about. A persons
face doesnt come alive until they are mobile,
talking or laughing. I like to do two or
three drawings at different angles then leave
it until later when I can get a photograph to
remember the small details that I may have forgotten.
the satisfaction you get from your work?
to be near them and talk to them in the mornings
is great. I remember little conversations I had
with them, and that is whats so special
Tingle interviews Tony Rafty - 4th September 2003