Thursday, November 25, 2010

Beatles Profile Sketches- Oil on Board 60 x 22cm

I will be displaying and offering for sale this original and several others at this weekends Collectormania event at the London Olympia. I will also be selling books and prints. Doors open 9am Saturday, come by my table and say hi!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Beatles- Oil Sketches!

These are pretty quick, spent just over 2 hours on Ringo and a bit more on John. The other two are coming soon!

Private Commission

This one was on the back-burner for quite a while, the couple were very patient and didn't mind waiting for it. I took the reference myself, and even though it took me a while to finish it, doing a bit here and there, it was a lot of fun for those very reasons.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Alice Cooper for Radio Times.

A little piece for the Radio Times, magazine is in shops now (UK)! It's Alice Cooper, but not as you know him. The illustration is for his appearance on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4.

More artwork coming soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Skull Study

Hi all!

This is a charcoal study of a human skull I just completed. I did this as a demonstration to help show the benefits of studying the human skull on my course 'Advanced Caricature'. I discuss those benefits further on the course itself. The new term starts on 3rd December. Signing up can be done at http://advancedcaricature.co.uk/signing_up.htm. and as always you can email me at pmoyse@hotmail.com to find out more!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

George W. Bush

Today George W. Bush releases his memoirs. In my sketch I think he's saying 'I'm going to sell 'this' many more books than Tony Blair'! I bet the proof-reader had his/her work cut out!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

More Course News, and Iggy Pop!

This is the sketch I posted on Facebook a couple of days ago.

COURSE NEWS:

There is now the option to purchase individual tutorials and packages, then get your money back when you sign up for the full course! Go to http://advancedcaricature.co.uk/signing_up.htm for more info!

I will also be filming a new sketching video, more on that soon. :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Announcing new lessons for Advanced Caricature Course

Lessons will restart on the 3rd December, you can sign up here, or email me at pmoyse@hotmail.com .

You may be wondering why I am using an acrylic portrait sketch of Britt Ekland to advertise a caricature course? The reason is simple. Before we can exaggerate with control, we need to know where the reality is. Working 'on-model' is essential to helping us 'see' exaggeration. There are many other tools that will help with being able to see the correct exaggeration, all of which are discussed and put into practice on the course. I have several students are doing it at present, all show improvement in their work in the space of just a few weeks!

To those of you considering signing up: be prepared to work hard. I stress this at every opportunity, on the tutorials, in the weekly critiques...you will get out of life what you put into it, and the same goes for this course. I expect a lot from my students- and have put a lot of work into the tutorials- but the desire to acheive has to come from you first.

So enough from me, check out the course structure to find out what you'll be doing week-to-week.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marlon Brando

Oil on Canvas 70 x 100cm. This was completed over a few days, using Burnt Sienna and Titanium white. Burnt Sienna can go quite dark when built up thickly, so there was no need to use black for the darkest darks.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Work-in-progress, up close!

Here's a close-up of something I'm working on. For me there is nothing better than seeing the strokes of an original piece of art. Having fun with this one!

Monday, October 04, 2010

James Dean On The Easel...

Got lots of projects on the go at the moment, including getting a series of portraits ready for a gallery. The photo is of a current work-in-progress.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Marlon Brando- or 'Jor-El' - watercolour study for larger painting.

I could have taken this further in terms of some of the values, but I felt the proportions could do with tweeking, which is impossible to do with watercolour, particularly when it gets to a certain stage. I am happy enough with it as a study, I felt I learnt a lot through just using the black watercolour, something I've done very rarely. My aim is to make a large-scale painting in colour from a black and white reference. I love using just the black watercolour to sketch with, I found it very relaxing, gradually building up the values. I'm sure I'll be doing it again soon!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

400 Followers!! + my Nicholson sketch stolen!!!


So the good news is that this blog has reached 400 followers, so thank you all! The bad news is that I have had one of my sketches ripped off by a street 'artist' in New York. My thanks to Dan Springer for the photo. Dan is an artist friend of mine from NY, he took this photo on 39th Street. The guy ripping off my Nicholson, (among other artist's works that he has casually lifted from the internet and used as though he has free right to do so), cannot be called an artist. He is a thief, and a conman. He is conning the public into thinking he can draw. If he could, surely he would use his own artwork to advertise his business?? This is a shallow practice that can be seen all over the world (I have seen it here in the UK in Leicester Square, London), but this is the first time I have seen one of my sketches being used.

I just feel sorry for the people he cons into sitting for him. :(

Friday, September 10, 2010

Private Commission Work-in-progress + Student Reviews!


This is a small section from a commission I've been painting on-and-off for the last month or two. They are a lovely couple, very relaxed and friendly. It's a real pleasure working on this because of that, so as a result I'm spending much more time on it than I would normally for the amount of money they are paying for it. I'm really doing it more for the pleasure of painting. I'm using a split-complementary palette for it, paying close attention to values and likeness.

On a different-but-related note, I now have a few reviews of the Advanced Caricature course by students who have already taken it. I am planning to start a mid-term session of  lessons on the 1st of October, so anyone who wishes to sign up can contact me on pmoyse@hotmail.com

Here are the reviews:

"Paul is very generous in his instruction. Along with the 10 videos that layout his processes and techniques, Paul provides one-on-one critiques. Regarding the instructional videos, I particularly like the emphasis on thumbnails and first seeing simple shapes. Paul demystifies the art of seeing the caricature of a person while stressing the importance of likeness. The critiques that he provides from week to week are invaluable. He can see beyond the jumble of lines to bring even the most beginners of beginners along to something quite amazing. He does this in a very kind and gracious way. The videos and critiques are well articulated and professionally done.


I highly recommend this series to anyone wanting to learn caricature; it is well worth the price. I learned a lot and I have a masters in Illustration with an emphasis on caricature."
Michael Garisek

"I had initially swayed over whether to take this course or not. Mainly because I had never done an online course before, as well as having other work commitments that I worried would get in the way. Thankfully however, any doubts I had were quickly put to rest.

I found Paul to be a really great guy to learn from, swift at spotting key areas I was letting myself down in, not to mention ultra patient with explaining my faults, and how to address them.


Gradually I could see improvement in my work and I leave the course a better man than before I went in.


All in all, I found the course engaging and enlightening. A big challenge, but one that has been invaluable in highlighting my strengths and my weaknesses, and giving me a direction that I was maybe lacking previously. If you're serious about refining your technique then I would definitely recommend signing up and consider this course money very well spent!"

George Pearson

"Paul Moyse's 10 week advanced caricature course is more than a caricature class. The course strengthened me in every aspect of art: drawing, structure, design, value, color & painting. Paul helps you the whole way so it does not matter if you are already a caricaturist or a beginner (like me) you will learn a great deal. Paul is a very nice guy but most importantly he tells you the truth with great critiques. It was great to have a teacher like Paul that loves what he does and wants to help you improve. I highly recommend the course to the dedicated artist who truly want to improve. There is a side effect of the course...you will not want to put your pencil down & find yourself drawing and painting late into to night :) this side effect stays with you after the course :)"
                                                                                                                                         Gabriel Carson



Monday, August 16, 2010

Radio Times - Kathy Burke

They wanted a more sombre feel to this one of Kathy Burke (aka 'Perry'), for her appearance on Desert Island Discs.

Had lots of time in terms of deadline, but also had lots of other things to get done, so finished it in under a day. The background was slightly inspired by Turner, not a patch on the real thing, of course!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010

Advanced Caricature- Broderick Wong!

This is the amazing work of Broderick Wong, one of my students. He's doing a great job! More information on the course can be found at http://www.advancedcaricature.co.uk/ , I am currently taking on students for the next round of lessons which start on 10th of September. Spaces are limited!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Generation Pop!

My Johnny Cash painting in the window of Generation Pop in Manchester. The gallery is currently showing an exhibition of Marvel artwork, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Cash painting was in the window overnight, but will be in the gallery soon along with some new pieces. I will announce details on the blog when I know more.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shatner Caricature- Unsigned!!!

Got back from the London Film and Comic Convention yesterday, and I would firstly like to thank everyone who sat for me and allowed me to exaggerate their features, I just wish I'd taken some photos of your drawings, they were fun to do. If any of you are reading this, I would love a copy, please email me at pmoyse@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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 pmoyse@hotmail.com








Wednesday, July 07, 2010

London Film and Comic Con!!!


On the weekend of the 17th -18th July I will be exhibiting at the London Film and Comic Convention at Earl's Court, along with my friend and fellow caricaturist Neil Davies. There will also be plenty of stars attending, I'm sure I will get to draw a few of them over the weekend. I will also be doing a live painting over the course of the weekend, as well as selling books and prints. If you're thinking of attending, drop by our table and say 'hi'!

Also, I have set up a wix website with my latest works on it, feel free to check it out and let me know what you think...


...thank you! :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tony Adams for Radio Times

A piece for the Radio Times, done last week. Tony Adams is an ex-Arsenal and England footballer, the piece is reference to his appearance on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4...

...and on a similar note, well done England against Slovenia, the Germans are next! Penalties anyone?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gabriel Carson!


Allow me to introduce the work of Gabriel Carson, a student coming to the end of my course at http://advancedcaricature.co.uk/. Gabriel has shown massive improvements in his drawing ability, it makes me proud to see the comparison between the work he showed on his first week, and the work he is now doing after receiving my critiques! It just shows what hard work and passion can do for the quality of your work, I'm looking forward to seeing more great work from him very soon.

New lessons start on the 2nd July, and the deadline for signing up is 25th June, so only a few days left!

I will also be adding a blog for students to post their work that will be attached to the course website. Any questions you have regarding the course and how to sign up can be emailed to me at pmoyse@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Me- just for fun!

Thank you for all your comments on the previous post, it was a fun challenge, and there is another one going on right now, check it out!



Above is a quick watercolour sketch I did of myself last week, just for fun.

Finished a piece for the Radio Times a few hours ago, really pleased with it, it was fun to work on, will show it as soon as I'm allowed. Going to continue with an oil painting now, then do a bit of sketching.

Cheers for now!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Picasso for facebook comp.

The popularity of the facebook Caricaturama Showdown 3000 continues to grow. It's great to see so much great artwork being produced each week.

Picasso once said: 'A work of art is never finished, only abandoned'. So I have abandoned mine.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lesson Seven- Painting Ali with a Limited Palette

This was done for lesson seven as an example of using a limited palette, using my pal Ali as reference. Signing up for the next course is until the 25th June at http://advancedcaricature.co.uk/. Email me at pmoyse@hotmail.com for more info.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Radio Times Two Page Spread!

This was a piece commissioned a couple of weeks ago for one of the lead articles in the Radio Times. I was excited by the prospect of working on this piece, but it was also one of the most exhausting pieces I've worked on. This was a tight deadline, with lots of alterations needed to the sketch. After the sketch had been approved, I had less than two days to render it. It was also to be rendered in acrylics, which meant I had my work cut out to finish on time and with a quality I would be happy with. The sketch was approved, but then they wanted to change Morrisey to the younger, lankier version.



By the end of the painting, and after a sleepless night, I had run out of time. The version of Morrisey I had painted was rushed and looked more like Jimmy Carr, and there were lots of severely rushed sections of the illustration. Thankfully I was given another couple of hours, although I could have done with another day at least to rework areas (including the likeness of Sting). I had just enough time to repaint Morrisey using a new reference, which I did in one hour.
Then there was delivering the artwork. The Radio Times' offices are in Shepherd's Bush, and by coincidence, I was booked to draw at an event in Chelsea the same evening. So having had no sleep, we drove the artwork from east Kent to North London ('we' being Ruth, Lucy and myself as Ruth wanted to come along, Lucy is a baby so she had no choice). It took 2.5 hours to drive about 4 miles across London (a bus had crashed into traffic lights on Islington high street, causing mayhem!!) and with the deadline for going to press at 4pm, we weren't going to make it. In the end, they managed to hold on until the artwork finally arrived at 5.30pm.

So the moral of this story is, digital is an absolute godsend when it comes to illustrations with tight deadlines. I don't know how we managed before now! At the same time, I enjoyed the challenge, and learned a lot from the process. I look forward to hearing what you think of the finished piece. :)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Tom Hanks- Painting Tutorial


I'm putting together a painting tutorial for the last lesson of the course, this is the trailer for it, and the Tom Hanks final artwork. The next course will start 2nd July, registration due by 25th June. More details on the course to follow soon!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Advanced Caricature Trailer 2

The lessons for the first round of classes are going really well, the next course will start on 2nd July!! Here's a quick snippet from lesson 2!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chris Christie for the Weekly Standard


Hi all, haven't posted any finished caricatures on here for a while, been doing a lot of work for the course at http://www.advancedcaricature.co.uk/ . I'll have another sneek peek video to post very soon, but for now, this is a piece I did on Friday for the Weekly Standard. Another tight deadline, but this was the tightest I've had so far, so I was pleased with what I managed to do in the time. I got sketch approval at around 3pm on Friday, with the deadline around 11pm.
I sent the sketch to the AD pasted onto the coloured ground I wanted to work from. Then after approval it was full steam ahead!
After 3 hours...



At around 5 hours, I could see the finish line. I had time to have a little dinner.


Finished at around 10.30pm.





Monday, March 29, 2010

Advanced Caricature Website




Hi guys, sorry for the lack of regular posts here, I've been busy with the new family and working on the new course. The website is now up and running and I've been working like crazy to get the lessons ready! Really enjoying putting the whole thing together.

The deadline for enrolment has been extended to 9th April, and lessons will start on 16th April. There are still places available!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

My Family!

Allow me to introduce my family, starting with it's newest member, Lucy! She has my eyes, and my hairstyle!

...and the proud parents!


Finally, an oil painting of Ruth which I pretty much finished just before her contractions started!
Lucy was born 27th February 2010, Ruth's birthday!