Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sheldon sketch

I've always resisted going too 'cartoony' with my stuff, I think maybe I should see what I could do and if it looks any good. This is one face from a group in a big picture I've had planned for a while but not finished as I wasn't sure which direction to go with it. Maybe I'll do it in this style, doesn't look too bad does it?

(Yes it's Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and hopefully the final piece will have all the main characters in it)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bit of fun

I'm sure, like me, you've wondered what Christopher Nolan's mind-bending dream movie Inception would be like if made into a kid's TV series - wonder no more!

Thanks to everyone who has viewed and commented on my blog this year - have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Olivia Williams

Quick sketch of one of my favourite actresses - Olivia Williams. Fantastic in the TV series Dollhouse and a ton of movies.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

F1 Drivers caricature - updated!

Reworked my F1 driver's pic to reflect the final championship standings (Vettel won of course). If anyone wants an A3 print of this version, drop me an e-mail and I'll sort one out for you (same price as before, £12.50). I'll also add the new version to my RedBubble page so it will be available as a t-shirt :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another v.quickie

H.P.Lovecraft! (Thanks to @zjqj for the suggestion)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Emma Peel

Liked the sketch so I did a bit more work on it :)

Quick sketch

Just a quick doodle - Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, of course ;)

Friday, November 05, 2010

F1 Drivers caricature - finished

(Click to see a larger version)

Here's the finished piece, with a few updates - Alonso is now in front of course, as he's leading the championship going in to this weekend's Brazilian GP. Check out Keith Collantine's consistently brilliant F1 Fanatic blog for all the info you could need on F1 - he's used my illustration for his latest article :)

This piece was so much fun to do. The idea is to show how Alonso has been helped by his team (Ferrari) choosing him as main competitor this year very early on, while Red Bull and McLaren have stuck by both their drivers. Who knows how it will play out with just two races left? The Red Bull and McLaren drivers are shown running a three-legged race, Webber and Vettel duct-taped together and Hamilton and Button are strapped tight by a McLaren branded carbon-fibre leg brace :) Plus I just love my little Massa.

You can get this illustration on a t-shirt by clicking here. It looks awesome! Also happy to send A3 prints to anyone who wants one - price would be £12.50 inc p&p - just e-mail me on neil@caricatureclub.co.uk if you'd like one :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

While I'm on an F1 theme...

This is a sketch of an idea I had to illustrate the five drivers in the F1 championship race this year. Not sure if I'll get to finish it but I think the idea works - I've got Red Bull drivers Webber and Vettel shoving past each other, Ferrari No.1 Alonso being helped along by a little biddy Massa, and McLaren drivers Hamilton and Button doing the teamwork thing by being tied together (till the end...?).

Should probably get on and do it as the F1 season will be over soon!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ayrton Senna

A sketch of a young Ayrton Senna. You can see the steely determination in his face even then. Legend. Very much looking forward to seeing the documentary film about him coming out soon, I've no doubt it'll bring back some memories of watching probably the fastest F1 driver anyone will ever see.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Crispian Jago Skeptic Trump

Here's a well deserved Skeptic Trump card - the genius who thought them up in the first place, Crispian Jago! Check out Crispian's blog for some brilliantly clever skeptic stuff including the absolutely amazing Modern Science Map. It's been a pleasure working on the Skeptic Trumps cards with Crispian (not to mention our Skeptic magazine cover)- hopefully there will be lots more to come in the future.

Thanks go to Daniel Pope for putting together Crispian's card and surprising him with it at TAM London :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Group caricature commission

This is a job just finished for a local hair salon, which was a lot of work but a huge amount of fun. It has a few people from the salon working alongside some famous Paul Mitchell stars, so I had to caricature all of them accurately and come up with a salon setting for them all. It's a little more cartoony than I would normally do but I think it works, most importantly the client loved it (as did the Paul Mitchell people apparently, who all got copies and signed a canvas print version for the salon).

Monday, October 11, 2010

'Skeptic' t-shirt idea

There's a definite difference these days between the meanings of the two spellings of sceptic (UK - sceptic, US skeptic). The use of the US version seems to be the one linked to the 'skeptical' movement (that voices opinions on any and all non-scientific woo that's out there). So I say DISPLAY THE K!

Click here to buy a t-shirt!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Skeptic Magazine cover illustration

Finally I can post my first (and hopefully not last) magazine cover illustration that I did recently for The Skeptic Magazine of Simon Singh and David Allen Green (and a couple of other faces Skeptic readers might recognise). Huge thanks to Crispian Jago who asked me to do it and Chris French for liking it! It was great fun to work on, not only getting the faces right but recreating the atmosphere in the specific pub where the meeting I was to illustrate took place.

I'm offering a very limited number of prints of this illustration (just 50) for sale. As with my other prints, they are A3 size and printed on a high quality archival paper and are hand signed and numbered by me. The price is £17.50 inc p&p, and I will be donating £5.00 from every sale to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal - just click the PayPal buy now button below to order your copy:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Albert Einstein t-shirt design

Here's the last of these t-shirt designs for the moment (unless I think of any more that it works for) - the daddy, Albert Einstein! Check it out here.

Full caricature:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fun gift commission

This one was a lot of fun, really enjoyed doing the "dad dancing" pose! Could've added more lighting detail but I think where I finished was about right for the job. Glitterballs FTW!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New t-shirt - Darwiniac!

I've done a third caricature t-shirt design to compliment my Feynmaniac and Houdiniac designs - this one is of the famous creator of the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin! Check it out here.

I have one more in mind to complete(?) the set... ;)

Here's a closer look at the caricature:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More oil painting practice

This time I'm trying to paint a portrait of my lovely old dog Darwin (who sadly died in January 2009). No real clue if how I'm painting it is how you're supposed to paint in oils, but so far so good I think and we'll see what happens! Might have to get some fast-dry medium though as I'd like to paint on this as a base but not mix into it too much. Kind of like saving a digital painting at a certain point and going back to it? No? No, maybe not.. :P

Anyway this is fun and I've made myself a handy glass palette on a little side unit I use for storage and that feels really comfortable to use. Hopefully I'm creeping towards a solid set up that I can work from and start trying different things with oils.

EDIT: And a bit more:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wedding caricature

This customer used their caricature as a wedding display, and framed it so that guests could sign it! What a great idea :)
Here's the original:

Monday, August 23, 2010

A happy customer!

I received a lovely thank you e-mail at the weekend from a customer, and a great photo of the caricture subject with their caricature!

Dear Neil,

I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic job you did with Xxxx’s caricature. We presented it to her today and she was delighted. Everyone was marvelling at how good the caricature is. I’ve attached a picture (sorry about the flash!).

All the best!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kat Von D... cont...

Still not happy with this, I really want to keep pushing the exaggerations as much as possible so I keep chopping and moving bits about and then re-sketching from scratch to get something I really think works. So far, I think the second one here is as far as I'd want to go, but who knows? :) It's much better than what I started with anyway.

EDIT: That's it, I'm stopping with this one! Probably.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kat Von D 2

Better. That's much more like what I had in my head. Could be a fun painting! Time to see if oils are as fun painting on a bigger scale ;)

Or I might have another go and try and distort even more, it's still a bit tame...

Some recent gift commissons

Here are a few more of my recent gift caricature commissions - some really fun jobs here! A vintage motorcyclist, an award winner, a Glastonbury couple and a rail employee! If you would like to commission a gift caricature for an event, celebration or just for yourself, e-mail me for a quote and check out my website. Also there is a bigger gallery of gift work on my Facebook page.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kat Von D

Just a quick sketch of the amazing tattoo artist Kat Von D - I'd like to do a painting of her soon based on this once I've worked out it a bit. I'm a bit addicted to the current crop of tattoo TV shows, Miami Ink, London Ink and of course L.A.Ink. The talent that Kat and the rest have is very inspiring.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Katy Perry oil painting

Not a caricature, just something I wanted to try to practice with oils. I'm a big fan of pin-up art, Gil Elvgren in particular and I'd love to be able to paint something like his work. This is Katy Perry's new album cover (slightly adjusted to fit a landscape canvas) and it took me something like four or five hours on and off today. Really pleased with it for a first crack at this sort of thing. It's 14" x 10". The first photo is the block in which took about an hour or so, and the second is the finished painting. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Finished Dr.Who!

Well, ok - not finished actually, as I don't have a brush small enough to do the text on the door sign! Drat it. Still, other than that it's finished! Need to think of someone else to do next...

Once I've finalised this I expect to have prints available for sale on my website - perhaps as a pair with Sherlock?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Still working on Dr.Who:

Getting there slowly with this one, although there will be more detail in it than the Sherlock painting. This is a close up of the face detail which still isn't really finished yet. Back to it!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Second oil painting - Matt Smith

Off we go with another A4 oil painting - this time it's Matt Smith, the new Doctor Who. It'll be a mirror of the Sherlock one. Spent a few hours on the stages pictured above, so far this one isn't going as well as the first, I'm finding it harder and I think it might be because I'm using a different board - this one is a Winsor & Newton canvas board whereas the first was on Daler board which has a much rougher texture. I think I prefer that, as it grabs the paint better. We'll see how it goes :)

Monday, August 09, 2010

Gwen Stefani prints now available

Check out the Traditional Paintings section of my website now, as I have a limited edition of 100 A3 prints of this Gwen Stefani painting for sale to go with the Billie Joe Armstrong one ;)

Or you can order a print directly from this blog by clicking the 'Buy Now' button below - the A3 signed and numbered print is £25:

6 Of The Best - Edinburgh gallery show

Starting today is the gallery exhibition "6 Of The Best" at Digital Design Services in Edinburgh - it's on until 27th August so if you're in Edinburgh for the Fringe, pop in and check it out! Here's my work in the gallery:

Also showing work are these incredible artists:

MIKE GIBLIN – Character Design
MARYNA HALTON – Photographic Fine Art
NICK HARRIS – Fantasy Art
OLLY HOWE – Illustration
KATE KNIGHT – Contemporary Florals

I'm really honoured to have my work displayed alongside those guys. Thanks again to Colin Knight of Digital Design Services for setting it up!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sherlock finished (ish)

Done, although I might add the door-knocker that's in the reference photo yet (and sign it!). Really pleased with how this turned out considering it's a first effort in oils. Very exciting, now I need to think of some more people to paint!

Oh and this painting is A4 size roughly.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sherlock continued...

D'you know what? I think I get oils. A little light bulb went off in my head as I was painting more detail into the face today. I really like oils! Now I'm excited to finish this painting and see how it'll look. This is a close up of the face, sorry for the dodgy flash photo.

Still trying to improve the likeness - the left cheek (his right) is too high so I need to see if I can bring that down somehow. But this is fun. I think I'll be doing more of these smaller oil paintings :)