Lee Sheppard (cartoonist)
Sheppard spent 2 years studying Fine Arts at Paddington Art School under tuition by Stephen Wesley Gorton in 1993, then Classical Advanced Animation studies at Enmore Design Centre in 1995, and later on Screenwriting for Children's Animated Television Series at the Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS) in 2007.
Sheppard's early career began while drawing political comics for Fairfax community newspapers in his late teens. He then worked as an animator on numerous animated children's TV series such as Wicked! Gloria's House and Crocadoo. He was also the comic strip artist for political cartoon, Cactus Island, a strip based on the multi-award winning radio show "How Green was my Cactus". Sheppard used the pseudonym D. Denko instead of his real name in this comic strip. Cactus Island was syndicated through Auspac Media, which was published in regional newspapers across Australia between 1999 to 2006.
In 1994 he was nominated as a member by Jim Russell (The Potts) to join the Australian Cartoonists' Association (ACA). Lee was on the committee for 5 years, where he has held the positions of Secretary, NSW State Vice President and Deputy President. And in 1998 he was again nominated by Jim Russell to the ranks of the National Cartoonists Society in the United States.