Thursday, December 15, 2011

Skeptic Magazine cover - Jon Ronson

This illustration was FUN.

The team from The Skeptic Magazine told me they wanted Jon Ronson on the cover and that his new book The Psychopath Test was just out (it's a really good book, grab it if you can). This idea came straight away an I did a sketch, thinking that they'd think it was a bit 'out there' and I'd have to tone it down or come up with something else. Nope - they liked it and so I went for it!

The idea is pretty simple, Jon is in a school classroom having just taken a 'psychopath test' and the teacher is handing him back his score sheet with a 100% mark. The slightly mad bit is that he's dressed AND made up as The Joker from The Dark Knight - it was a bit of a challenge to caricature someone and then give them full face make up of someone totally different. I was worried the likeness would vanish under the white make up and red lipstip. I think it came out ok though. There are lots of other little things in it too which I really enjoyed putting in. Can't wait to do the next one if they still want me!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Caricature commissions

Here are a few more recent commission jobs - one of the fun things about this job is you never know who you'll be doing next! The group one I'm very pleased with, the mobster theme was a lot of fun and I loved doing the car :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

A sketch of a day

I know I'll never stick to a 'sketch of the day' regime, but I do need to work much harder to be drawing ALL the time as opposed to just some of the time. So here's a sketch for today (Scarlett Johansson) and who knows, maybe there'll be more...

...and so there is! Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock ;)

One more quick one - Stanley Kubrick.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Picking up a brush again

I haven't painted anything in 'the real world' for a while, so I want to see if I can do a few acrylic (and maybe oil) paintings over the holiday period - if I can remember how. Starting with this one which is a portrait rather than a caricature. Here are the stages so far, it may well end up on a fireworks night bonfire - we'll see! Looks at lot worse in photos than in the flesh :(

(It's on canvas, 1m x 50cm - feel free to comment!)

EDIT: Update - just that hand to paint now. Terrible. Still, it's practice which is the point - have to think of another subject to try :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One more quick gift commission

This was a fun job, obviously the client wanted a James Bond theme for this chap, but also wanted to include their company logo in somehow. I was pleased with how I managed to include it... ;)

Monday, September 05, 2011

Some more recent gift commissons

A host of new stuff, all sorts of people, all sorts of fun - I really like the one for the real-life brain surgeon! Contact me if you'd like to commission a caricature from me like these :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Prof. Richard Wiseman for The Skeptic Magazine

Finally I can show you this cover illustration for the new issue of The Skeptic Magazine! It's Richard Wiseman who is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, and famous for many TV appearances and books about the mad things our squishy brains get up to.

The interview in the magazine partly promotes his recent book Paranormality (which is great), so the idea to put him in a Ghostbusters outfit came pretty quickly. I must thank Crispian Jago for his great idea for the actual pose. Really pleased with how this turned out, hope you like it!

I'm offering prints of this illustration for sale, they will be A3 size and cost £15 inc p&p. Click below to buy through PayPal:

Saturday, August 13, 2011


New t-shirt design I just put together. Been getting into Sherlock Holmes recently, so... ;)

Buy it here!

Also added another version based on the current BBC TV Sherlock (which if you haven't seen it is absolutely brilliant)as played by Benedict Cumberbatch:

Buy it here!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Zooey Deschanel

Had this sketched up ages ago and now I've finally got around to finishing it. It's Zooey Deschanel, who I expect most will know as an actress. Recently though I discover she's a singer too, in a band called She & Him (with guitarist M.Ward) - and they are great. I love Zooey's voice and the songs she writes are wonderful - they have two albums out that are both on repeat play in my house right now ;)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A variety of gift commissions!

Here are a few recent gift jobs - all very detailed and all very different!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Black Widow

Here's the comic style pic, quite please with how it looks considering. I'll probably put a background on it and jazz it up a little. It's Scarlett Johannson as the Black Widow from Iron Man 2, btw. Wasn't really going for a likeness as I would a caricature, but I did want it to look like her anyway. Fun!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Little teaser

Doing a comic-book sort of style thing for fun at the moment. I'm rubbish at it, so it'll probably end up as a more regular digital painting. Fun to try though, I'd love to get good at comic style drawing and inking.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Couple of gift caricatures

Here are a couple more recent gift jobs - great fun as usual coming up with the ideas :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alan Rickman / Hans Gruber

One of the best movie bad guys ever. Sharp-suited, classically educated thief Hans Gruber as played by Alan Rickman. For the Caricaturama 3000 weekly comp ;)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Orson again

I was thinking about painting an Orson Welles pic in oils based on my sketch a couple of posts ago, so I just did this really quick colour sketch (10 mins or so). Rather than paint the sketch, I just had it open and used it as reference and painted really fast onto a black background, trying to push the exaggeration a bit further at the same time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One year ago...

...the shiny new coalition government was formed. Not sure if Nick Clegg will be wanting to party too hard to celebrate now!

This caricature is the main image on my caricature illustration website - check it out, there's a big gallery of work on there now.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Orson Welles sketch

Tomorrow would have been Orson Welles birthday, as Derren Brown's blog reminded me today. I watched Citizen Kane and the Arena documentary on the great man a couple of days ago and both were just as good as I remembered. Here's to you Orson :)

You can now buy this caricature (titled Orsoniac!) as a t-shirt here.

Fun gift caricature

Here's a recent gift caricature that was a lot of fun - this couple just got married and the customer wanted them drawn in their stag/hen party outfits (him dressed as Bruno and her in a dress made of Haribo packets!). Brilliant, love doing fun stuff like this ;)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Natalie Portman Black Swan 2

Another go, I used the body I had drawn in the first picture as reference and exaggerated a lot more, then painted a totally new face. Although it need a lot of work to be properly finished, I like it much better. If I get time I'll see if I can add a Black Swan also ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Natalie Portman Black Swan

Also for the Facebook group Caricaturama 3000, I tried a more graphic style for this, not sure it really works so I might redo it. Also I thought it might be of interest to show a couple of steps on the way. The first sketch below I did by tracing over a couple of ballerina reference photos I liked the poses of and made sure they went together how I wanted (and then sketched roughly the caricatured heads also). Using the photos and the first sketch, I then started with a clean sheet and drew a new caricature of both figures, exaggerating the look how I wanted and using the first sketch to make sure the figures still worked together. I really like the final sketch - just not sure if I chose the right way of painting it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lou Ferrigno

Another caricature for the Caricaturama 3000 Facebook group weekly competition (I really should do them more often) - this time it's ex-Mr.Universe and Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno.

While painting his body it reminded me of the type of muscled hero that Boris Vallejo paints, so I added a background as a kind of tribute to Boris also ;)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Quick sketch - Norman Rockwell

Just a quick sketch of genius illustrator Norman Rockwell for the Facebook group Caricaturama 3000.

Some recent gift commissons

Here are a few more recent gift jobs, had a lot of fun with these! If you have a special occasion coming up, why not get a unique gift caricature? Please check out my website for all the details or simply e-mail me ;)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Charles Darwin for the BCSE

Here's the final Charles Darwin piece - I did this for the team at the British Centre for Science Education, a professional group dedicated to promoting and defending science education in the UK, particularly from creationists. It's something I feel strongly about and support. For more info on the BCSE, here is their website and blog. Hopefully soon this artwork will be available on t-shirts, mugs etc - I'll post all the details as and when that gets going!

This piece was a lot of fun to do, normally I find painting hair a bit of a chore but this time it brought the whole thing to life (probably because there is so much of it!). I kept most of the painting pretty loose and had fun with the colours. As well as the sign (which the BCSE guys will ad various slogans to to promote their activities), Charlie boy is holding a first edition copy of On The Origin If Species in his other hand.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Charlie Darwin

Quick sketch of good ol' Charlie Darwin for a little job I'm doing for a good cause. More details when done :)

Edit: Changed the design, like this much better:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sketching - Anna Torv

Another pencil sketch, again portrait rather than caricature (although it's wildly awful) of Anna Torv. She plays Olivia Dunham in Fringe, probably my favourite current TV show.

I was inspired to have a go at this by seeing the front cover illustration of a movie magazine called Little White Lies. It's a beautifully simple pencil drawing of Natalie Portman and it took my breath away how elegant is was. The artist is Paul Willoughby.

My drawing is nowhere near as good, and I realised halfway through that the proportions were all wrong but it was fun anyway, I'll definitely try another soon.