About The London Caricaturist

Simon Ellinas – Caricatures and Cartoons. http://www.caricatures.org.uk

MY LATEST WORK:

Caricature of Osama Bin Laden as a Quaker for EYEBROW MAGAZINE

Caricatures of various celebrities on Motorbikes for a PR campaign for Frank PR.

THEN:
Born with a pencil in my hand (an uncomfortable experience for my mother), I started drawing from an early age. The Beano, Dandy and later, American Marvel comics were my main colleges of education. All lecture notes at school were 90% drawings and only 10% notes. Hence my spectacular failure at ‘A’ level!

My first paid commission for caricatures was from a school friend who paid me 5p to draw other people! In those days, 5p was not an insubstantial piece of loose change.

Art School (Harrow, Portsmouth) sucked me in and spat me out with an increased ability in painting, sculpure and getting drunk, but even more of a desire to draw cartoons and get published.

Work at various publishing houses including what should have been my dream job, at Marvel Comics UK, eventually led to me publishing my first cartoons. (Marvel Comics UK, in those days, had a sort of student squat/sweatshop atmosphere incompatible with my finer sensibilities!)

After being asked to leave my last place of permanent employment, The Australasian Express Newspaper (now TNT, available from those little newspaper bins all around London), it became clear that the only person who would employ me was me! And even then, I’m not sure if i’m sort of person I would like to employ!

Always keen on writing as well, I wrote hundreds of embarrassing, adolescent lyrics, songs and poems. Which wouldn’t be bad, but I was 36 at the time. No, seriously, I was 38.

I’ve had various humorous articles published in national magazines and a few poems in some of those anthologies that only three seriously-bearded and sandal-wearing-types read.

NOW:
I am one of the UK’s foremost caricaturists, providing caricatures drawn from photographs as unique gifts

and entertaining at corporate events, private parties, exhibitions, conferences and weddings all over Europe. You can say that I make a living from insulting people and they love it!

My work has been published in magazines and newspapers across the globe (including the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, News of the World, The Week, Nursing Times etc) and a lot of work is commissioned for marketing, advertising and training purposes.

BBC News 24 showed a distinct lapse in taste when they hired me to be their political cartoonist for The General Election back in 2005. Not only did I insult all the party leaders but I also wrote and performed my own General Election Poem live on air. Fortunately, the presenter cut me off before the last verse which was a bit too rude for the BBC!

The combined effect of my incredible cartooning talents and my comic poetry gave birth to my Cartoon Poetry Act in which I perform some comic poetry simultaneously illustrated by a flipchart (or projection) of cartoons! Goes down a storm, I can tell you! Some of it is rude, though, and I had my best ‘gig’ (as we showbiz types like to call it) at the Concert Artiste’s Association in London. It was an evening during which I was being introduced a prospective member of this olde-worlde music hall performers club and I gave it my all! The 150-odd audience were rolling in the aisles with exception of a stony-faced group in the very front row. Suffice to say, they were the selection committee and I was not granted membership. But that’s not strictly true. they granted me membership on the condition that I would NOT PERFORM again!!! I was chuffed.

Here’s a snippet of me doing some stand up Downstairs at the King’s Head in Crouch End! Notice the laughs I keep getting against expectation!

And here’s an interview I did with Duncan Gotobed for his Top Briefings Website:

Cartoons on flipcharts or in a projected presentation are a great communications medium and I can draw on the spot through a laptop.

Please forgive this next bit of Google-baiting:

I am a CARICATURIST working in and around LONDON. I draw CARICATURES at PARTIES, CONFERENCES and EXHIBITIONS. I am especially busy at this time of the year ENTERTAINING guests with my CARICATURING at CHRISTMAS PARTIES.

CARICATURES are a BIG part of CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT all around the GLOBE. COMPANIES, BUSINESSES and INSTITUTIONS love to give the GUESTS at their XMAS DINNERS something UNIQUE and MEMORABLE to keep as a MEMENTO. A CARICATURE is the MOST UNUSUAL GIFT you could give to your CUSTOMERS.

As a professional CARTOONIST of some 25 years, my CARTOONS have appeared in NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES all over the world. It might be possible to EARN A MILLION POUNDS as a CARICATURIST

CARTOONS AND CARICATURES (or even that weird hybrid, CARICATURES AND CARTOONS) have not been noted for any APHRODISIACAL quality as far as I know. But using PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS drawn by a CARTOONIST OR CARICATURIST (or his strange bedfellow, a CARICATURIST OR CARTOONIST) can help COMPANIES SELL MORE, ACHIEVE GREATER PROFITS and SUCCESS. Some people can’t spell CARICATURE or CARICATURIST. The most common mistake is to put an ‘H’ after the ‘C’ like this: CHARICATURE or CHARICATURIST. Some people even write it as CHARACTERTURE or CHARACTERTURIST

9 Responses

  1. Hey! Hi!
    I am a cartoonist and caricaturist in London too! London Ontario Canada… 🙂
    I’ve done the party gig stuff too. It’s great fun, as you say, earning money while abusing people. I work those gigs with Design Markers and Letraset A4 pads. I noticed the samples your victims display stand up rather well. What are you drawing on? some kind of illustration board?
    And live on a laptop? I haven’t done that before. That’s some eye-hand co-ordination. Congratulations.

  2. Thanks Doug! Belated response from me here, but never mind!

    I’m drawing on Mondi 160gsm Colour Copy paper.

    The laptop scene is soon to be replaced by a tablet PC where you can draw direct onto the screen!

  3. Your work is amazing. Thank you for the comment. There IS a lot of talent out there!

  4. Thanks for posting on my blog! I loved reading yours and seeing your pics!

  5. I noticed one of your photo’s ,you were wearing a …’SQUIGGLERS’ tee-shirt!…Ahhh ,hows that for a blast from the past. Thats where i first met that Carter chap, in a seedy little office ,in a seedy little street….I think he squats there now as well as other filthy things.
    Have a good 2008 ,my son .

  6. I think he practices ‘enrazzlement’ these days.

  7. Have a nice day !

  8. Hi have you got any cariatures of people on bicycles?

  9. Not yet, but it could be, er, arranged….

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