marktoon.co.uk about me
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Mark du Toit

* Okay, so who the heck are you?
* My name is Mark du Toit. I am 47 years old and happily married. My amazing wife, Leigh-Anne, and I live on the East coast of Scotland in a little village called Dalgety Bay. We both have jobs in Edinburgh and so we commute daily. I work as an IT Project Manager for a large financial organisation, but my hobby is drawing cartoons and publishing them on the internet. I also do freelance work for anyone who approaches me for specific cartoons.

* Are you Scottish?
* Erm, no. I was born in a small mining town called Tsumeb (pronounced "soo-meb") in what used to be called South West Africa but is now known as Namibia. In 1977 my parents moved back to Johannesburg, South Africa, where I spent most of my youth. I lived and worked in Johannesburg until 1997 when I travelled to Edinburgh to work as a contractor on a Y2K project. My wife and I fell in love with Scotland and we decided to stay for awhile.

* That explains the strange surname. How do you pronounce it?
* It is pronounced "doo-toy". Du Toit is a common South African surname which probably originated from The Netherlands or France, although the French would argue that it should be pronounced as "doo-twah". You won't believe some of the attempts at pronunciation I have heard over the years.

* Why did you set up this website?
* I've always enjoyed drawing my own cartoons ever since I was a kid. I've never had any formal training. I just like to doodle. Friends and family members have asked me to draw various cartoons for them over the years and I have kept these all stored away on my PC at home. Eventually I realised that I had amassed quite a substantial collection of cartoons. I decided to share my cartoons by publishing them on the internet. Please feel free to download and edit any of my cartoons as you like, changing the colours, transparency, or size. I am trying to make a name for myself on the internet right now, and so all of my cartoons are free!

* Free cartoons? Ha! What's the catch?
* There is none. I maintain this site in my spare time and I add new content every now and then. I don't have any corporate sponsors. If you want to use any of my cartoons, please do so. All I ask is that you mention my name on your website or in your publication. If your publication is web-based, please include a link to my website. If you geuinely believe that I am providing an entertaining and constructive service, then please give me a boost by contributing to the maintenance of this site. A donation of just £2 (2 Pounds Sterling) per image used will help me to upgrade and improve my equipment — so I can continue to bring you amusing and colourful cartoons. If you really like my cartoons, or you have found them to be a useful addition to your website or publication, then please click on the “Make a Donation" button below. It would be greatly appreciated!

* How do I contact you?
* Click on this link, mark@marktoon.co.uk, to send me an e-mail. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have a genuine request or some constructive criticism. Why not ask me to design a particular cartoon based on your specifications?

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