I adore this man's work. People call him a national (Australian) treasure, but really he's a jewel for the entire planet. His drawings and insights are so beautiful and simple but oh so very dark at times too.
His curly people drawings? I love them. For me they are soul-soothing, symbols of a wry, cynical point of view, which is based in a genuine desire to be actually very friendly. But firm!
I've watched this fascinating Australian cartoonist/artist/philosopher for many years. Not long ago, he was being interviewed on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope. Click on "Play Video", it's only 5 minutes and lots of fun.
Leunig was asked this and that, about home-schooling his kids on his farm, about his original family and the rifts that had formed over the years. To most questions, he was, of course, very honest.
But (bless his heart) to a good many questions, he could only answer, after a long, long, very long pause: "I don't know...I just don't know".
I thought I'd remind you that he's still here for us all. And that is a very, very good thing.
The Stick is his most recently published book.
If there’s a common theme through THE STICK it would have to be introversion, withdrawal from a world the artist perceives to be recklessly rattling itself apart. It’s the diary of a misfit in who suggests that maybe it’s our idea of normal that isn’t normal, after all.
Quote from here.