Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
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
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
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
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.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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
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
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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 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.
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
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
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
Monday, August 03, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
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.