Pocket cartoonist, illustrator and writer Mel Calman was born in Hackney, London. He was educated at Perse School, Cambridge and studied illustration at St. Martin's School of Art and Goldsmith's College. He was a cartoonist on the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and The Times. He also founded The Cartoon Gallery (formerly The Workshop) - a gallery devoted to cartoon art. In addition he produced an animated cartoon 'The Arrow' and contributed illustrations to many books and periodicals. His cartoons which regularly featured a 'little man' character, were always drawn in pencil. Calman died in London in February 1994.