Latest caricature produced for a Twitter profile pic

TWITTER PROFILE PICS become so much more impactful if they are cartoons. As a direct result of my ongoing #TwitterCelebCarix project (search for that hashtag and you’ll see the caricatures I’ve drawn so far) I am beginning to receive commissions from people who’d like a caricature for their profile pic.

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Today I was delighted to be able to draw a caricature for @Balhamyte.

What will be his reaction to the caricature drawn by a professional cartoonist from London?

 

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I HAVE BEEN privileged to be invited back for the tenth cartoon festival to be held in the town of Tourcoing in the Nord Pas de Calais region of France near Lille and the Belgian border. Thirty-three cartoonist, caricaturists and strip cartoonists will exhibit their work and entertain the public by demonstrating how they draw cartoons. A prize is awarded to the winner of this year’s theme ‘Cartoons for Peace’ and much eating and drinking takes place in various locations around Tourcoing.

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Tourcoing is a small festival by comparison to the monster event in the Limousin town of St Just-le-Martel but, as you can see from the poster (above) it is heavily sponsored and supported by local businesses, government bodies and newspapers. The crowds that push through the doors on the Saturday and Sunday are testament to the enduring appeal of the art of cartoons and caricature to the French public.

I can’t wait!

The 10th Tourcoing Cartoon Festival!

I HAVE BEEN privileged to be invited back for the tenth cartoon festival to be held in the town of Tourcoing in the Nord Pas de Calais region of France near Lille and the Belgian border. Thirty-three cartoonist, caricaturists and strip cartoonists will exhibit their work and entertain the public by demonstrating how they draw cartoons. A prize is awarded to the winner of this year’s theme ‘Cartoons for Peace’ and much eating and drinking takes place in various locations around Tourcoing.

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Tourcoing is a small festival by comparison to the monster event in the Limousin town of St Just-le-Martel but, as you can see from the poster (above) it is heavily sponsored and supported by local businesses, government bodies and newspapers. The crowds that cpush thorugh the doors on the Saturday and Sunday are testament to the enduring appeal of the art of cartoons and caricature to the French public.

I can’t wait!

My Ideal Job!

Over the years I have had several jobs, apart from cartooning.

My first ever job was during the school holidays working in the Bally shoe shop in Hampstead as a callow 16 year old. Quite what the well-heeled celebs of NW3 thought of being served by a lack-lustre, spotty, long haired schoolboy, I suppose I’ll never know. As I was into the prog-rock band, Yes, at the time I was quite excited when guitarist Steve Howe came in. Unfortunately he was too busy to give me guitar lessons. Even then I was cartooning, and the manageress and staff were quite excited by the full colour cartoon strip depicting them all in various hilarious predicaments that I drew on an A1 sheet of board. As far as I know that early example of my work still languishes in some back garage or cupboard in Heath Street.

Building on my extensive retail experience I decided to aim for the top and my next school holiday job was with Harrods. I remember the selection interview vividly – the girl was simply parroting all the questions, terms and conditions with absolutely no expression in her voice. I must have been the thirtieth person she had seen that morning alone. The group of students working at Harrods that year were an excitingly eclectic bunch. There was the upper crust master of one upmanship, immaculately dressed at all times and a dead ringer for Leslie Phillips from the Carry On films.

We had to have lessons in special classrooms on how to use the old credit card swipe machines. A very tall girl named Alison joined me in the ‘Leisure Man’ department where we set about having a real hoot serving customers and wrestling with the arcane credit card sanctioning system. The manager of the department was a sleek lounge lizard who flirted with everything in a skirt.

One of the most memorable things about Harrods were the underground passageways where all the stock was kept. This was like a world that could only be described by Terry Pratchett or Iain Banks, so other-worldly it was. Every long, dark cobwebby corridor was named after the nearest road above. I had to make numerous trips to get stock and got frighteningly lost sometimes. Even weirder, and the sort of thing you only find in fiction or films, there was a permanent resident caretaker of this labyrinthine dungeon and, like Quasimodo, he was deformed, having obviously suffered some sort of chemical accident as suggested by his grey melting face with only one eye. He would always scurry away when someone approached. A weird and yet wonderful time.

Apart from these periods, I held down a Saturday job in a televison rental shop, spent five weeks in a photographic studio and did a couple of weeks in a dog kennels.

But none of these, of course, was my ideal job.

My ideal job, apart from cartooning, would simply to be imparting brilliant ideas, from my lofty hammock in the sun, to hungry media types, for which I would be paid lifelong royalties. A passive income for a little inspiration.

So if anyone knows of an outlet for this most realistic of ambitions, just let me know!

The London Caricaturist Website Updates!

The website has been receiving a lick of cyberpaint and I’ve adorned it with a few bells and whistles to make it even more attractive to visitors. You can now sign up for a monthly e-newsletter which I will be sending out to a select list and you can also print off my famous Million Pound Notes for your own use! (Great fun handing it over in the supermarket to over-worked, harassed check out assistants!)

Here's an image grab of the website frontpage

Here's an image grab of the website's front page

The whole website will soon be revamped and there will be competitions to win free caricatures!

Keep coming back and recommend it to your friends!

How to draw a Complex Group Caricature – Final Stages

Now is the time to piece together the individual drawings and merge them in Photoshop

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Once they are scanned in as a single black and white artwork, I add layer upon layer of colour until the cartoon looks ‘finished’.

Sometimes it is best to conserve computer memory by colouring in each section before merging together but this causes some matching problems where each image abuts the other.

A few finishing touches like the requested gnomes (I’ve no idea why!) and the client is very happy with the artwork!

My WordPress Saviour

I’ve just had a lot of invaluable help from Jeff Houdyschell of WordPress Max whose mission in life is to make WordPress blogging easier for the rest of us by leaping in with expert rescue plans!

He provided the custom template and helped with the set up of Ha! Humorous Arts which is my site devoted to the, er, humorous arts. Well worth a look.

And this is how I rewarded him!

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