Pat Campbell, who drew the cartoon for the Canberra Instances, advised BuzzFeed Information that he has pals in Christchurch and owns a small block of land simply exterior the town.
“We love the realm,” he mentioned.
“I used to be considering of the silver fern and considering the pinnae (the person bits coming off the stem) regarded like figures, an analogous quantity to the variety of victims,” he mentioned.
He then determined to attract the fern however with the silhouettes of individuals praying, he mentioned.
He drew 49 figures, the identical quantity because the preliminary demise toll.
“There have been lots of silhouettes to attract,” Campbell mentioned. “They simply saved coming. It introduced dwelling to me the demise toll and the destruction one man can do with the correct weapons.”
Campbell mentioned that the responses to the picture have been optimistic however unhappy.
“I did the picture, I suppose, for myself, however it has resonated with others as properly. I am glad if the picture brings consolation or poignancy to individuals,” he mentioned.
“For me, it was about individuals doing their very own factor, not harming anybody,” he mentioned. “The fern is about individuals coming collectively, as one. The fern tied to New Zealand, and so they weren’t simply Muslims, they had been New Zealanders.”