Thursday, May 26, 2011

Caricatures from Photos

Expression is everything. Some people make my life so much simpler when they send me great photos to use.

When I draw caricatures from photos the result can be enhanced by having a starting image which captures the expression wanted in the final caricature.

As you can see from the caricature on the left the couple deliberately captured fantastic expressions which have then enhanced the mood of the final caricature.

Remember, all caricatures from photos are hand drawn.

Send in your photos and order a caricature online today.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Golf Caricature

Get your own golf caricature today. The perfect golf gift for the man or woman who is mad keen on golf!

Inject a little humour and have them missing the golf ball when taking their golf swing.

Add a golf bag, golf trolley, golf cart or any other element you wish to in the background...anything is possible!

This golf caricature can be framed or specially mounted for that extra special finish.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How to Draw Caricatures

I often get asked how to draw caricatures or if I can teach people or provide some caricature workshops.

Every caricature artist has their own style and there are many videos and books available on how to draw caricatures.

I suppose, for me, the best advice is to learn your craft and learn how to use your equipment properly.

I draw my caricatures electronically these days i.e. I use a graphics tablet and computer. Some people say this is 'cheating' but if you can't draw with a pencil then you won't be able to draw with a graphics tablet either. In the same way I used a pencil and paintbrush I now use a digital pencil/paintbrush for my paintings. The only difference is it's a lot cleaner!

Using the graphics tablet proved difficult at first but with constant exercises and challenges it became much easier over time.

Drawing caricatures with a graphics tablet is now a pleasure and I often think that if some of the great artists of past years were alive today they would certainly have a go with a graphics tablet.

I start drawing my caricatures with a basic rough outline and then refine this. A base colour and shading is then completed followed by refinements in shadow and highlights.

You will find some of my portrait work on YouTube. The caricatures are produced in much the same way.

Tim Minchin Caricature

I was recently asked to design a caricature for a young lady who is fanatical about Tim Minchin.

The result of the request was the Tim Minchin caricature you see opposite.

Tim Minchin always plays in his bare feet and is well known for his satirical songs which have often caused some raised eyebrows!

If you would like your own caricature designed with your own hero then order your caricature today.

Remember that all caricatures are hand drawn from your photos.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Chef Caricature

This Chef Caricature was a real delight to produce. The expression on the chef's face is priceless and makes for a great caricature.

I always advise clients that a great facial expression will make the caricature even better and that really has come through in this Chef Caricature.

It's also great to see so many customers really thinking about what they want to see in the caricature. Adding extra elements make the caricature much more personal for the 'victim'.

I know that this Chef Caricature certainly did not upset the chef...she was delighted with the outcome.

You can order your very own caricature today. Remember that you can have any theme. My prices include full background and full body all in full colour.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Elisabeth Sladen Tribute Portrait

I have been asked by my Facebook fans to paint a portrait of Elisabeth Sladen aka Sarah Jane from Dr Who who sadly passed away last month.

Work has been slow due to my commitments with other portrait orders but the first few stages have been completed. To review the various painting stages visit the Sarah Jane page on my website.

The background will contain the TARDIS as requested by my fans.

Another 8 hours or so and the portrait should be finished.

Keep checking out the Sarah Jane page for progress of this one-off piece.

If you wish to purchase the portrait of Elisabeth Sladen then please contact me. To commission your own portrait of a friend, family member, or yourself then please visit the portrait order page for further details.