There was however one person who wasn't as happy with his caricature, Mr Shatner (above). When I showed it to him (after paying to queue up for a signature), he refused to sign it, saying he didn't like the way it made him look. To his credit, he was very honest and gracious, he shook my hand and said it was a pleasure meeting me. I was then given my money back and shown the exit!
During the two days it was being painted at our table, it was getting plenty of positive feedback, and I think it is a good likeness and an honest depiction of Mr Shatner. I could have chosen a more flattering angle to draw, but for me, caricature isn't about flattery. I wasn't necessarily surprised that he didn't like it, his agent had already told me that he wouldn't, but I had to find out for myself.
So in terms of the business of caricature, I think it was a great weekend. I sold prints, did live drawings (none of them flattering, all well received!!), sold books, and made some new friends as well. Job done!!
Neil Davies also had a great weekend, selling lots of prints and getting a lot of interest in his paintings. I shall look forward to doing this again with him very soon!
P.S. To the couple who expressed interest in buying the Shatner painting when it's finished, please feel free to email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org