The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide (As Interpreted by ‘Stew’)
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“The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide” is a a medical reference book carried on all British Merchant Navy ships. Recently, I was commissioned to illustrate an unofficial version of the Guide with a series of humorous cartoons intended to bring a lighter side to its many pages of potentially life-saving advice.

My client, who served in the Merchant Navy as a young man, produced some of his own such cartoons back in ’70s – all based on excerpts from “The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide” and starring his own original character “Stew” – which were published in his company’s in-house magazine to the amusement of many of his colleagues. I was commissioned to re-interpret his old drawings, and come up with a few of my own.

The book is available to buy here.

Ollie Ray
Fareham, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Ollie! I'm a freelance illustrator from the UK, specialising in cartoons, character design and children's illustration. A graduate of Winchester School of Art, I've illustr… Show more.

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I have known Ollie Ray for some time now and, indeed, he became the illustrator for three of my books after I shortlisted him from a large number of illustrators who responded to my advertising. It was a decision that I have never regretted. As you will no doubt see from his portfolio, he is an accomplished young artist who is able to adapt his styles to suit most genres. He has proved to be a highly personable young man, dedicated to his work, affable - and a stickler for deadlines too!
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