Caricature Entertainment at Weddings!

Weddings are the ideal occasion to have a caricaturist entertaining guests.

When it comes to entertainment, you always want something spectacular and memorable to make a lasting impression on your guests.

Standard entertainment like bands, discos and magicians are all a very good part of the mix. But what do they leave you with? Wonderful memories, of course, and perhaps they feature in one or two photos but what do your guests take away with them? Nothing!

Dinner Table Woman at Imagination Gallery Laughing Woman

Two ladies Three people Two men

Bald Man at PatSystems party Big Chinned Man Dinner Table Group

Old Man Two More Ladies

If you have a cartoonist at your wedding drawing caricatures, your guests are not only highly entertained, ‘victim’ and spectators alike, but they take away a unique memento of your special day! An original piece of artwork.

The caricaturist at a wedding can entertain during the quiet of the Reception before you all sit down to eat, or they can circulate amongst the tables during the early part of the meal (but BEFORE the lights go down and the dancing begins!)

Each sheet of paper can be pre-printed with the names of the happy couple, the date and the venue, so each recipient always remembers your wonderful day.

And, of course, with happy, comic banter accompanying my every move, the whole experience is akin to a multi-media comedy show!

The pics shown here include other parties as well as weddings, but the process of entertainment is the same! Click to enlarge!


The Complex Group Caricature – The Composition

In the brief I have been given several distinct groups of people in different settings. But all of them must come together in one finished illustration.

So, first of all I drew a very rough Rough to show the client.

Next, I start sketching out all the individual scenarios

All these are sent to the client for approval and amendments made if necessary.

Then the next step is to stictch all this together into a finished rough!

Watch this space!.

The Group Caricature continued! Drawing faces – lots of 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!

How to draw a complex group caricature

I had to delay the completion of this particular blog until after the finished framed caricature was delivered to the client, which I did last Tuesday – he was, of course, delighted. Now, I am happy to reveal the stage by stage method of creating a complex 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!

London Caricaturist Blogged by Zakomedia!

My web designer friend Simon Jones was so delighted with a caricature of him and his partner, Jovinda, that he blogged about it on ZakoMEdia Blog.

HeadCases: Brilliant new comedy show on ITV

I hope you’re all enjoying the excellent animated caricature/comedy show Headcases.

It’s the best thing under the heading ‘satire’ I’ve seen in ages. And a worthy successor
to Spitting Image.

Pictured here: Jordan and Peter Andre

You’ve got to split your sides at ‘Mohamed Al Fayed’s World of Conspiracies’ and Prince
Philip as Dick Dastardly out to ‘get Kate Middleton’.

Seems to be based on Mark Reeve’s drawings, but i didn’t recognise any of the voice
talents or production staff, so looks like a brand, spanking new product from a new team.

Makes a refreshing change.

That’s it.

Back to work!

The 12th Louviers Cartoon Festival!

Well, yet another superbly well-attended public Cartoon Festival put on by the tiny medieval village of Louviers, in the splendour of France’s Normandy countryside.

The usual suspects were invited by organiser, Daniel Chabouis: Guy Carter, Terry Christien, John Landers and myself.

We started by going a day early and staying over in Paris. Three of us visited Paris’ oldest jazz club and enjoyed some cool vibes while the fourth, who will remain nameless, but was Guy Carter, stayed in his hotel room finally drawing his seven cartoons for the exhibition. Talk about tight deadlines. Before going out to Louviers the next day we took an open top bus tour around Paris which was punctuated by an emergency toilet hunting session during which I was passed from pillar to post by helpful locals waving their hands in vague directions saying ‘La bas!’ It was awfully difficult finding out where ‘la bas’ was.

Many of you who have been to St Just might like to know that Louviers is a mini-version involving much more work (drawing in front of the adoring public).

cartoonists at St Pancras, on the way to the Louviers cartoon festivalThe contents are the same every year. Around 40 cartoonists gather from all round Europe to display their wares and demonstrate their talents. Prizes are given out in various categories. None of which went to the Brit contingent this year. The festival regular, Gab, won the main prize this year which consists, dubiously, of being at Louviers for a whole week prior to next year’s festival, working in the bars and cafes to publicise it! Oh, and he gets to draw a cartoon for the catalogue cover. It’s the honour!

This year, well-known faces included Genny, Gouders, Moine, Rousso and Zabuski. In our group, Alex Noel Watson absent due to a chest infection from which we hope he makes a full recovery.

The festival is tightly organised with a nicely produced catalogue being a major collectable souvenir of the event. The cover is also blown up into A1 and A2 posters which are plastered all ovDancing at The Louviers cartoon festivaler the town and even on buses in the area. The public actually pay to get into the exhibition hall, The Salle du Moulin, and they have to vote for artists in various categories. I think this is good as it gives them an incentive to really look at the cartoons and the live work going on in order to make an informed decision. It also serves to sharpen their awareness of the art that lies behind cartooning. It becomes a two-way transaction, whereas a straightforward exhibition just involves the public looking and going away without registering their impressions.

Terry Christien at workAmongst the antics that took place during the socialising and the generous servings of food and drink, we took it upon ourselves to ‘Get Carter’ for reasons best left unmentioned. Despite the absence of superglue, our Dutch mastermind, Jean Gouders, devised a method of blocking his electronic door swipe lock in an attempt to prevent him returning to his room after one of his late night excursions. This was a crime in which Jean’s daughters, Nadine and Malou took an excited delight. Almost as if in divine retribution, a key member of the gang, John Landers, found that he had been chucked out of his room by Robert Rousso due to a double booking error. Off poor old John went to the hotel on the other side of the motorway. How we laughed. This, plus a sustained thread of ‘toilet humour’ helped to bridge the cultural divides and served to bond this little community of European cartoonists.

As always, it was over far too quickly and I’m looking forward to next year already.

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