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!

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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!

Cartoons For Presentations

I have recently been working on a series of cartoons for Marketing Mentor, Nigel Temple, to illustrate his talk about how to make customers come to you.

These are fun to do as I am simply given the title of the section and allowed to to interpret it as I wish.

Here are the cartoons I came up with. Click on each image to enlarge.

You can decide what they mean!

Customers Guru Money

Out of the Box Segmentation Telescope

The World Copywriting

You can see how using cartoons during talks can bring the whole experience alive. Many concepts will be instantly memorable and the picture paints a thousand words.

Sensationally Successful Corporate Event!

Last night I drew caricatures of everyone at a Price Waterhouse Coopers client party at The Café du Marché in London. This was a 1st Choice Entertainment event and it went down very well.

It’s always satisfying getting a photo of a group like this holding their caricatures and they were only too willing to oblige and pose for me.

Price Waterhouse First Choice

London Caricaturist Website Work Continues

My website is undergoing a complete re-design by Victor Taylor.

At the moment, it looks a little scrappy, as I did it myself a little over a year ago. But as Victor is about to step in and soup it up, I have had the courage to tinker with the front page a little, safe in the knowledge that it will all soon be perfect!

I’ve added THE FILM, which is very exciting as anyone visiting the site can immediately watch me at work in a live party.

Website Home Page

By the end of January, the big re-launch will include all-new portfolio pictures, a new load of photos from events and a constantly updated News Page.

Also, on the Caricatures from Photos page, customers will be able to instantly upload their photos for caricatures and all payments will be payable through PayPal.

I can’t wait!

The London Caricaturist – The MOVIE!

Yes, here’s my latest promo video! This was filmed at a party for the Travel Trade Gazette after their week at The World Travel Market in the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands.

Those lovely people from Conrad Advertising were there and we all had a marvellous time. And I didn’t even pay people to laugh and look happy! (Apart from handing out my Million Pound Note business cards!)

One of The Last Jobs of December

Wednesday 19th December: The penultimate corporate caricaturing job of this year was for the Brands Protection Department of Diageo Plc. These people spend all day making sure that no-one else steals their brand names such as Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker. Quite how they do that is beyond me.

Here they are, all looking evil and sinister thanks to the red-eye bestowed by my trusty Vivitar. I wouldn’t dare nick a brand name off one of them, would you?

Diageo Plc Bingham Hotel

This was a function held at the classy Bingham Hotel in Richmond.

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