Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Painting Year Everyone!!!

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has read this blog in 2009, and hope to see you back here in 2010! I'd like to make my last post of 2009 a sketch of a young John Lee Hooker, and also to say that although digital painting is great, nothing can replace original artwork and the feeling of making original work, whether in oils, acrylics, pencil, or any other medium! So I say let's make 2010 the year of traditional painting!!! I know I will be as much as possible :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lots Of Books!

The books arrived on Christmas Eve, and all pre-orders will be sent out once the Post Office re-opens after the holiday period next week.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will be recovered in time to have a very happy New Year! I'd like to thank everyone who has read this blog in 2009, and I look forward to posting lots of new artwork in 2010.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Book News and Roger Waters sketch

Been busy with private commissions/life/christmas these last few weeks, but I've also started a large scale oil painting of Roger Waters. It's a 100 x 70cm canvas. The sketch above was just a quick doodle to search for the energy and composition of the piece.

Book news: the bulk shipment of the books will be arriving at my door on Thursday morning (Christmas Eve). I will make sure all books that have been pre-ordered are posted the moment the Post Office reopens after Christmas. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered so far, and thank you also for your patience.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ISCA Top Ten Most Interesting Faces of 2009

Earlier this week ISCA released a list of ten faces from 2009 that have been declared the most caricaturable faces of the year by it's members. It's an interesting list, and ten ISCA members, including myself, submitted either an existing or new piece for the list. Mine was a small oil painting of Kim Jong Il, which was fun to do.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Susan Boyle

This weekend is X Factor final weekend, opinion is divided as to whether this is a big deal or not, either way, here is a sketch of Susan Boyle, as appearing in the 'Susan Boyle Story', on X Factor weekend! Sketched with ball point pen.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

News At Bedtime

This was a little piece I did last weekend for the Radio Times christmas edition (out today!). The print size for this is very small, so I could have got away with less detail than I went into, but I was having fun with it and got carried away. I worked the whole time in black and white, starting with a rough sketch in photoshop, then spreading 15 hours work over two days. I added the colour about 30 minutes to an hour before the deadline.

The piece is based on a radio programme called News At Bedtime, a show with presenters John Tweedledum (Jack Dee- right) and Jim Tweedledee (Peter Capaldi- left).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Old and New!

Before I post some video of the book, I wanted to share with you some of the changes my work has gone through over the last 3 or 4 years, and to do this will mean posting some old 'artwork'. Hopefully you can tell the difference! ;)

Looking back at old and new does two things for me, firstly it makes me feel proud of how far I've come, and secondly it makes me look forward to what I can do next. When I finish a piece of art, it is like letting go of the past and moving forward, so in that way, art for me is a form of therapy.

I hope you get a kick out of seeing the old stuff!
OLD (pre-2007)

NEW (post-2007)

The old ones were done using Painter Classic (I wouldn't use anything else!???), and the new ones Photoshop and Acrylics. The main thing I've learnt is to widen my use of mediums, and to experiment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Books on their way!

Here's a photo of a couple of the books, complete with shiny cover! I've been informed that the bulk shipment will arrive at the latest 21st December. At least they will make a nice late christmas present!
I just wish I could show you all of the pages here, but then that would defeat the object of the book itself, wouldn't it ;)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Just a quickie

Just messin' about in Photoshop with this one of Don King. Spent about 3 hours tops on it. For the hair I used a charcoal brush with the shape dynamics turned on and set to 'Pen Pressure'.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Griff Rhys-Jones sketch

Thought I'd take a little break from the commissioned work to do a quick sketch of Griff Rhys-Jones. He's one of those celebs I've been wanting to draw for a long time. Fun face!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back home with Best Portfolio

Hi guys,

Got back yesterday from the 18th annual ISCA convention, and was delighted to have received the award for best portfolio. Being in the company of such amazing artists and their portfolios, I was honoured to have won, and would like to thank all who voted for me.

Another highlight of the week was meeting Sam Viviano of Mad magazine. He graciously spared the time to show me around the Mad offices in New York when I popped along with my portfolio. It was great seeing all the inspirational Mad art on the walls, as well as chatting with Sam, Doug and Ryan.


The book is waiting to be shipped from the printers. Once it is shipped, it will be another 3-4 weeks before they arrive at my door. Thank you to those who have pre-ordered so far. I received a few advance copies for reference purposes the day before getting back. I'll be posting a video of me going through the book shortly, so you'll see what you'll get. It's pretty cool!!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Artwork Preview

Hi guys and gals. I'm currently at the ISCA annual caricature convention in Sandusky, Ohio, where the competitions have now closed and the voting on all the amazing artwork is over. The awards banquet will be tonight, when the results will be revealed.

For those who didn't come along (and you've missed a GREAT one!), here's a sneek peek at a couple of new pieces from the book that I also included in my portfolio presentation here in Sandusky. The feedback from my friends and colleagues has been fantastic, I'd like to thank them for their kind words.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Books Available To Pre-Order!

Now that the book is being printed, I am happy to start taking pre-orders. I've included three options for shipping, UK, Europe, and Rest of the World. The books will take about a week to be printed, then another 3-4 weeks to arrive from the printers.
To pre-order the book, choose your destination below and continue to the Paypal website for payment.
UPDATED 29/10/09: Thank you to those who have ordered so far. Just to restate, to avoid unnecessary emails and payment requests, please choose the correct shipping option for your location. The price of the book is £16.99, so the shipping options for your location will already have the shipping costs added. Choosing the wrong location will result in an extra payment request before the book can be shipped to you. Thank you!

Shipping options

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Waiting for colour digital proofs- and sketch of camel

Hi guys, sorry for the absence, a lot has been happening. Firstly, I've finished and sent off the book to the printers, so I'm now waiting for the colour digital proofs to arrive for my approval. I've also relocated to the coast, which has been both exciting and stressful, but definitely worth it, the new place is great! I'm also working on some private commissions along with all the unpacking still to do.

Once I've got the proofs, I'll set up a page for pre-ordering the book, really looking forward to seeing the proofs!

Finally, above is a quick warm-up sketch from yesterday.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Same background, different jobs!!???

Managed to squeeze these jobs in between working on the book artwork last week. Two commissions, both for different magazines, both using the same background. The first is for the Radio Times of Steve Coogan, one of my favourite comedy actors, and the magazine should be on the shelves from today. For creating the bricks, I painted one, then used layers to create the rest, adding more detail with each layer to avoid too much repetition. I used various brushes, one I found on the internet (sorry, can't remember where) for creating the gritty effect of the concrete.
The second is for The Weekly Standard, of Chancellor Merkel of Germany. They asked for the poster to be on a brick wall. Quite handy really! Still had some work to do to the poster, but all in all, an interesting combination of jobs.

The artwork for the book is now FINISHED!!! I am so pleased with the work I have put into it, I can't wait for you to see it. There are still a few things to do, in terms of production, but it's pretty much done.

Got lots to do this week, getting ready to move house, 20 week scan for our forthcoming baby on Thursday and drawing at a wedding on Saturday, plus other commissions to be worked through. Plenty to keep me busy! ;)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eddie and Frank for Radio Times

This was a little piece for the Radio Times a couple of weeks ago. Frank Skinner and Eddie Izzard on Radio 4 doing a show called 'Chain Reaction'. Doing another one for the Radio Times now, plus I've nearly finished a photoshop painting of Gordon Brown for the book (possibly my favourite piece so far). The book is so close to being finished!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ismael Roldan- R.I.P

(self-caricature of Ismael)

This morning I discovered that my good friend Ismael Roldan has passed away. He was 45. I don't know the details of his death, but it has been confirmed on the ISCA forum where I first read the news. This is a very sad day. I only met him in person for the first time last year at the ISCA convention, and I am distraught that I will not get to meet him in person again. Since the convention, we have corresponded via email and telephone, sharing advice and experiences, and I was looking forward to a long friendship with him.

This is a sketch he drew of me whilst I drew him at the convention:

This is a terrible loss for the caricature world, he will be sorely missed! RIP Ismael!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Cover Design!!

As mentioned in the previous post, delivery of the book once it's finished is going to take a while, this is after approval of proofs, which will also take time, so I will be delighted if the books are delivered before 30th October. The new cover design (image shown is the draft version) was created by Neil Davies, he did a great job.

New artwork for the book includes Gordon Brown acrylic, Charles Dickens acrylic, Liv Tyler digital, Ozzy Osbourne digital, Lemmy digital, Bill Murray watercolour, plus a tutorial on exaggeration, and new photography of older paintings. There are also some new sketches never before seen.

Sketch of David Op De Beeck

It's about time I posted some artwork on here because I can't show you any of the work for the book. Just a quick sketch for now.

BOOK UPDATE: I've found out that it will take over a month from finishing the book to them arriving on my doorstep, so I am dashing to get everything done, the plan is to have them in time for the ISCA convention at the beginning of November. It's going to be close!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Exciting Book News!

Hi guys,
There will be a change in the way the book is to be published. I will now be personally stocking the books, which will mean I can deal with each customer directly, and each book will now be signed by me. This will also mean there will be a delay between finishing the book and publishing. I am still finishing off lots of artwork, paintings and sketches, and I am very proud of them all. I am planning to have at least ten new paintings and sketches in the book that have never been seen before. I hope you'll like them!
I've also changed the cover ever so slightly, let me know what you think! ;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kevin Kallaugher!

Allow me to introduce some samples from the pen of KAL. Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher, has been drawing political cartoons for the Economist for the last 31 years. His book, 'Drawn from the Economist', has been on and off my bookshelf for the last twenty years, and was one of the main inspirations in my youth in terms of caricature. So I was thrilled and honoured when Kal agreed to write the foreward for my book.

I'm working on lots of new pieces that will be exclusive to the book. I am very proud of this new work, I consider it my best work yet, and it's killing me not being able to show them to you. I guess I'll have to restrain myself, or just keep painting! :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ozzy W.I.P

Working on some new artwork for the book, including this one of our pal Ozzy. This is about an hour and a half so far.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Napoleon Sketch

Going through a history book is a great way to find subjects to draw. We have a really big full colour hardback filled with excellent pictures of moments, people and objects from history, so not only am I having fun with the drawing, I'm learning history too!

Napoleon was very particular about his public image, and only hired the finest portrait artists to portray him in a favourable light. It is pretty certain then, that this is what he actually looked like, right?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Finished Arnie Painting!

Finished the Arnie painting, now to assemble, edit, and write about all of the photos I took during the process. I expect to have the book finished and ready to buy for the end of August at the very latest, and if I didn't mention before, the book will be available through Blurb, and they can ship to destinations all over the world!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Arnie Update

I've taken plenty of photos of this so far, so hopefully it will make a useful and entertaining step-by-step for the book. I'll post the final painting when it's done.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Book Cover and Arnie Sketch!!!!

This is the cover of the book I'm producing. I am working on lots of new material especially for the book, much of which will be step-by-step, including the Austrian Oak acrylic painting from the sketch pictured here. I am also delighted and honoured to have the legendary Kevin Kallaugher, cartoonist and illustrator for the Economist, writing the Foreward. I will be doing a caricature of Kevin as well.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Exaggerated Features Cover

Hi guys. Did this last month for the cover of Exaggerated Features magazine, the quarterly publication of ISCA. I was honoured to be asked, and even though I don't think this is my best work, I'm fairly happy with the end result. It was done over the course of 2-3 days, at a period when I was pretty busy. ISCA members should have a copy by now, mine came last week. Debbie did a great job putting it all together.

Working on a couple of things at the moment, not least of which is a how-to book, which I'll be making available on a print-on-demand basis. It's a bit of a labour of love, a collection of my favourite pieces over the last 3 years, with my thoughts on what I have learnt so far, and some new tutorials. I'm pleased with the way it's going.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Making changes!

Just a quick note about my website. My ISP has let me down yet again, so while I look for other options, I will forward everything to the blog. In the meantime I shall take the opportunity to work on a new website, I’ve nearly finished a new self-caricature to kick things off, and here is a clip of some progress paintings that may or may not be included in a DVD. Also below is a video of me drawing live from one of my events last year.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lena Horne Happy Birthday (30th June)


Biro and watercolour, about 30 minutes.

The Louvre…oh, and the rest of Paris too!

Yesterday, Ruth and I got back from a fantastic day trip to Paris, the highlight of which has to be visiting the Louvre. It’s an incredible spectacle of art and art history, and it’s impossible to take in the whole thing in one small visit. Did a little sketching while I was there of a few of the sculptures, and I could have spent the whole day just doing that.  So many amazing sculptures, but equally as many amazing paintings. And the ceilings…wow!!!

Anyway, here are a few of the photos and sketches from the day, including a little sketch of a guy on the ferry who had a funny face! :)DSCF3139DSCF2233-smlDSCF2246-sml  DSCF3232 DSCF2281-sml  DSCF22901-sml guy-on-ferry sculpture-01-sml sculpture-02-sml sculpture-03-sml