Ralph Steadman Biography
Birthday: May 15, 1936 (Taurus)
Born In: Wallasey, Merseyside, England
Ralph Steadman is an English cartoonist, illustrator and author. His love for drawing and cartoons ignited in him when he first joined an advertising agency early on in his life. He made it a point to learn the art from many different British institutes like Percy V. Bradshaw’s correspondence course, East Ham Technical College and School of Printing and Graphic Arts. Steadman contributed his political, dark-humored and satirical cartoons to publications in England and America for many years, like, Kemsley Newspaper Group, Daily Mail, New York Times, etc. His work with the American journalist Hunter S. Thompson is considered to be the most popular work of his career which includes, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72’, ‘Kentucky Derby’ for Scanlan, etc. His cartoons were considered to be subversive and dark because of his straightforward take on the politics and political figures but by the early 1980s he started to lose interest in political cartooning as he felt that there was not much substance left in the world politics. He turned to creating his own illustrations books and released many masterpieces like, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘I Leonard’, ‘Doodaa’, etc. He has been honored with prestigious awards like, American Society of Illustrators' Certificate of Merit, the W H Smith Illustration Award, BBC Design Award, etc.