New! Cartoon Poem Section!

Yes, that’s right. In the navigation bar across the top you’ll find a new section where I am going to deposit any Cartoon Poems that I manage to dredge up from the archives or create anew.

I hope you enjoy them!

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Award Winning Cartoonist wins Again!

It’s only a small thing really, but my genius (which is only a small thing really) has been recognised once again.

This wonderful Ning-based site awards monthly prizes for works of writing, art and cartoons. They decided that this little cartoon of mine was worthy of a £25.00 prize!

When I drew it several years ago, I sent it around the few outlets we cartoonists have in this country (Private Eye, Spectator, New Statesman er, that’s about it…) and received the expected rejections.

Now it’s earned me £25.00!

Delayed Law of Attraction or what?

Rude Cartoons!

The following cartoons illustrate a FILTHY comic poem I used to perform (with the cartoons on a flipchart) around the Clubs in London.

Can you work out the story by looking at the cartoons?

Anyone who’s curious to see the original MIND-NUMBINGLY DEPRAVED and disgusting poem, just PM me and I’ll point you in the right direction!

The Group Caricature Continued – Drawing Faces!

Once all the photos have been correctly labelled and collated, the first thing I want from a client is agreement that the caricatures are accurate likenesses of each person in the group caricature.

Working on A4 sheets folded in half, I draw rough pencilled versions of each face in the A5 areas.

Rough Caricature faces

These are then scanned in (two per page makes for much less scanning) and saved at low resolution for emailing back to the client for approval.

I have found that one in every ten rough caricatures needs a small amendment (which isn’t a bad percentage if I say so myself!). This is usually because of the photos not really looking like the person. I can only draw caricatures from the photos supplied.

When you have a group caricature of up to 60 people, you can begin to understand why it is so labour intensive and the price charged must bear this in mind. There are people out there who cannot understand the difference between a drawing of one person and that of a large group. And they will shop around until they find the cheapest, but not necessarily best quality, solution to their problem. However, I shall leave my customer-haranguing diatribe to a later date! I have plenty of material!

So, once the rough faces have been sent off and all has been approved, what’s the next stage?

Watch this space – it’s composition time!

The First Stage of Drawing a Group Caricature

The client contacts me and eventually sends me what seems to be hundreds of photos of all the people involved in the caricature.

I like to streamline the process, so rather than print out each photo individually, I use Photoshop to crop them all down to the margins of the face and lay them all out together on sheets of A4. This produces ‘contact sheets’ of all the faces I am going to have to draw.

Group Caricature Pics

I make sure I don’t forget who’s who by typesetting names in as I go.

Then the client sends me a list of each person with details of what they should be doing in the caricature. They often send me their own thumbnail sketch which is always a very handy starting point for any artist.

Caricature List and Client Sketch

Next: to start drawing all those faces!

How To Draw a Complicated Group Caricature

Coming soon. A step-by-step guide showing you precisely how I take the details and photos of twenty-one people (for this particular job) and turn it into a complete caricature composition.

Do come back and leave your comments.

Happy Easter!

Fifty Four People Needed

I need 54 more people to visit this blog to reach the landmark 5,000 hits!

I would give a prize to the 5,000th visitor but have no idea how to monitor this accurately!

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