VIDEO: Bovingdon cartoonist, 84, talks about his latest ‘Love Is’ series.

An 84-year-old cartoonist has been sharing his creations with the other elderly people living in a sheltered housing scheme.

Fred Jefferies had been a cartoonist since 1962 – but gave up his art 12 years ago when he was registered as blind.

But after moving into Dudley House, Bovingdon, old friend Maria Billina, who also lives there, encouraged him to start doing it again.

With the help of a magnifying glass, he did and has now been at it for two years.

His latest creation is the ‘Love is...’ series of cartoons. One of them – ‘Love is... when your heart sings’ – was inspired by his wife Nora, 84, who he has been married to for 61 years.

Fred said: “It has been hard sometimes, but I am a sentimental old sod.

“I love little children and everybody when it comes down to it. I love people and their foibles and mistakes.”

He takes inspiration for his cartoons by observing people and trying to emphasise with them.

It takes him a day or two to create each of his cartoons.

He said: “Quite honestly, when I am drawing them, I feel like I am in a different world. I get totally absorbed. It takes over your life in a very good way. It makes me feel very happy.”