Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone!

As it's Christmas, I thought I'd share with you a caricature of 'Olaf' (spelling?) from the hit Disney movie 'Frozen' which was painted by my little girl Evie who has just recently turned 6. Evie is a massive fan of the movie (hey, who isn't, right?!) and is a budding artist who regularly peeks over my shoulder to see what I post here on this page, so this one is for her! I think she did a great job and nailed a terrific likeness!

This'll be my last post for a while folks, so just want to wish all my customers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a really happy joyful time.Thank you so much for all the kind words, compliments and support I've received for my artwork this year....it really is much appreciated! 





Right, altogether now: "Let it goooo, Let it gooooo-o-oo ! Run like the wind and skyy-y-y........" : )

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Last Gig of 2014!

Well folks, tomorrow will be my last live event caricature gig of 2014....and it's sure to be a cracker! I'm heading off down to Durham in the north of England to team up with England's finest caricaturist (and good pal of mine) Mike Giblin to provide caricature entertainment at Durham's Fire & Rescue's Long Service Awards. Really looking forward to it!

Regular readers over on my Facebook page may remember that Mike and I teamed up for the same event last December, so I'm delighted to be asked back again for this year's event!

I have been offered bookings for both Christmas day and Boxing day this year; but I turned them down as I'd rather spend the time with my family, so drawing with Mike in Durham will be a nice way to end a very busy year of live event bookings for me. That said; I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who has booked me to draw at their wedding, party or event this year in 2014. I'd also like to thank all the lovely people who sat for me at my easel and gave me great feedback about my work....it was great to meet you all and I hope your hangover's the next day weren't too bad!

If there's anyone out there who's unfamiliar with the work of Mike Giblin Illustration Ltd then I'd urge you check out his amazing caricatures. He has an awesome talent! Just take a look at what he did to me back in June this year when I hit the big 4-0!! The swine! : )

http://mikegiblinillustration.com/newsblog/edd-travers-caricature






Tuesday, 16 December 2014

'The Mad Art Of Caricature' - By Tom Richmond

From time to time I find myself being asked by aspiring artists how to draw caricatures..... When you think about it, that's a fairly big question and the answer has taken me a lifetime of hard work, dedication and practice to get me to where I am today. I'd have to write a book in order to fully answer that question!

Fortunately, someone already has done before me! I always refer people who want to be caricaturists to get themselves this essential book:

'The Mad Art Of Caricature - A Serious Guide To Drawing Funny Faces' by American artist Tom Richmond.

The book came out a couple of years ago. Tom Richmond is one of my all time favourite artists and a big inspiration to me. Whether you're a beginner, amateur or seasoned professional, Tom's book is an absolute MUST!

Packed with excellent drawing hints, tips, theory, advice, different approaches to anatomy, and explanations about what 'caricature' actually is....not to mention there's also dozens of 'eye-popping' hilarious caricatures of famous faces! The book examines what to look for in a face and how to draw it. It's a complete all round Masterclass is the art of caricaturing and very inspirational.

So if you, or someone you know wants to improve their caricature skills, then do yourselves a favour and get your hands on this book sharpish, my friends! An excellent Christmas gift idea too! Enjoy! : )

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mad-Art-Caricature-Serious/dp/098357670X



A Youtube look at Tom's book....


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Wedding Caricature with Fab Feedback!

Last month, I was hired by Janis to draw caricatures of guests at her wedding reception. They were a lovely bunch and I was busy from start to finish. It was a very enjoyable gig! I didn't get a chance to draw the Bride and Groom on the day, so I created this caricature of the newlyweds (including Gypsy, the wonder-dog!) after the event from photos. I emailed the pic to Janis and was delighted to receive the following brilliant comments....

"OMG!!!!!!!...... YOU ARE AMAZING.... THAT IS FANTASTIC! I NEED TO ARRANGE ANOTHER GATHERING AND HIRE YOU AGAIN!... ILL BE IN TOUCH! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOU WORK AND SHARING YOUR TALENT BRINGING SMILES TO MY GUESTS.... IM THRILLED!!!! XX"

Heehee. I think she likes it! Thanks a million Janis. I'm always dead chuffed to get a reaction like that. Have a great weekend, everyone! : )





Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fantastic Customer Feedback!

It's always great to hear from satisfied customers after being hired for an event! If there's anyone out there who's thinking about hiring me to caricature guests at their wedding, party or festive event then please read the following review I was delighted to receive via email last night:

"Dear Edd,

What can we say, but you made our event truly magical. We couldn’t have wished for a better outcome. Our whole party are still talking and laughing at the fun they had watching y
ou create amazing caricatures, so professionally and with such skill rarely seen.

Literally seeing is believing as if you had told any of us that you would be able to produce such high quality work in the time you had, not to mention the lighting challenges, we would have found it difficult to believe. Thank you too for being so professional from the moment we made contact, to arriving on time and to being so gentle with one of our party who was very nervous, but, who you put at ease in seconds.

We wouldn’t think twice about inviting you along again and really couldn’t recommend your services enough. May we take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the festive season and wish you every success for the future.

Kindest regards

Anita"


Anita Clark, Managing Director
Jenier Teas 


Thankyou so much to Anita and team for the kind words. This really made my day!

Interested in hiring me to make your event the most memorable hit of the season? Then get in touch to find out more! Email: eddsheads@hotmail.co.uk or call 0776 145 3457





Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Some live caricature pics from last night's job

A really lovely crowd in at Jamie Oliver's in Glasgow tonight! Really nice people who looked after me tremendously as I drew for them. Pleased to report my work was well received. I took a few photos, however the quality of them isn't great due to lighting issues and the fact that my wee camera is practically on it's last legs! These are the ones which turned out, so you get the general idea...Thanks again to Anita & co for having me : )






Hire me to draw guests at your event! Still have dates available in December. Email: eddsheads@hotmail.co.uk or call my mobile: 0776 145 3457
Thanks! 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Hire Me To Draw Caricatures At Your Festive Event!

Off to Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in Glasgow tonight to provide some festive corporate caricature entertainment for Jenier Teas. Looking forward to it! Thanks to Anita for hiring me. Hope everyone has a 'pukka time, innit?' (Sorry!)

There's still time to hire me to draw caricatures of your staff team for your festive works get-together this month. Big laughs guaranteed!  Email me at: eddsheads@hotmail.co.uk or call 0776 145 3457. I am based in Glasgow but travel nationwide. Have a great weekend everyone!



Monday, 1 December 2014

Life's a Beach...

Here's a look at a recent family group / seaside themed caricature, commissioned for a lady's 60th birthday. Drawn with marker pens and coloured pencils. Can you spot the ladies in Victorian bathing costumes? All the details / poses and basically the entire concept for the characters were given to me by my client Debbie. It made a nice change to deal with a client who knew exactly what they wanted from me so the end result became all the more personal to them. Thanks to Debbie for a fun job to work on. It was a pleasure to draw! : )



Update: I also received this message via my Facebook page from my client Debbie:

 "Love it  it was a big hit when we gave it over to my mum on her birthday, made everyone laugh! Thanks again Edd, will be recommending you to friends and family and to anyone that wants something a bit different xx"

Delighted that the drawing was a hit! Debbie, you've made my day!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Wedding Caricatures

Another Winter Wedding! Congratulations to Debbie and Andrew who tied the knot  yesterday. I was hired to attend the reception at Rosslea Hall Hotel in Rhu to keep the guests entertained with some live caricatures. Really enjoyed adding some fun to the big day! Here's a pic of the wedding caricature that the happy couple commissioned from me in advance to go on display at the reception.



Debbie and Andrew also commissioned a caricature from me in my 'live style' of the Minister who married them as a 'thankyou' gift for him. Nice idea, eh? He has a great face - full of fun and character! I enjoyed sketching him. Many thanks once more to Debbie and and Andrew for the commissions and for hiring me to be there on their big day: )



If you or someone you know is getting married then why not add some personalised fun to the proceedings with caricatures? Live caricature is also a fantastic way to keep guests entertained whilst the Bride and Groom are off being photographed, etc. A great talking point and a unique memento for guests to take home! Big laughs guaranteed! Get in touch with me to find out more.
 Email: eddsheads@hotmail.co.uk   

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stevi Ritchie Sketch!

Just for fun! Here's 10 minute 'warm up' doodle from this morning - he's the latest reject from 'The X Factor' here in the UK and no doubt Simon Cowell has already deleted and blocked his number on his phone....coming soon to a Pantomime, or Poundland near you; ladies and gentlemen may I present to you, everyone's favourite 'Hayleigh Cropper-From-Coronation-Street-Lookalike'....Mr STEVI RITCHIE!!!


Man, if ever a face was made for a caricature.....! I haven't been this excited since 'Subo' made her telly debut on screen! Hope ya like it : )

Fab Customer Feedback!

Fab Customer Feedback! Received these nice comments via email from Bill, who booked me to draw at his daughters wedding at the weekend: 

"Edd, you were a star, and probably the single biggest talking point, so thanks again!
I will be singing your praises to everyone that will listen, and I wish you every success in the future, your talent helped make my daughters day very special.

Cheers,"
- Bill

My pleasure Bill!

I also received this (slightly wobbly!) photo of Nicola's guests from her wedding reception also on Saturday....





 She told me my work "...was fab, and all the guests loved their caricatures! We are so glad we booked you for our wedding! Thanks again!" - Nicola.

Thanks Nicola! It's so nice to get feedback from satisfied customers.
Much appreciated.

As you can tell from Nicola's photo, my live event caricatures are given away free to guests along with a clear zip lock bag to take the artwork home in. Handy for avoiding wet weather or 'late night drink spills!' *Potential customers take note: Providing a plastic bag for your artwork is something of a 'rarity' amongst the majority of caricaturists out there working in Scotland (I kid you not).

It's a service I am happy to provide for my customers, (...and I won't even charge you 5p for them!) You'll be lucky if you even get an elastic band off some guys to roll up your drawing with, so please bear this mind when choosing a caricaturist. Remember, all caricaturists are different, so make sure you hire the right one for your event! Email me at: eddsheads@hotmail.co.uk for prices and info.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Drawing live the traditional way.

Here's 2 pics from the 2 weddings I drew live at at in one day on Saturday! Very busy time at both do's...pleased to report my work generated lots of laughs and many happy punters went away delighted with their drawings!




One of these ladies here was a bit shocked and stunned to discover that all my work was hand drawn with markers on paper within a few minutes. She told me she initially thought I'd created the drawings on an i-pad or tablet "..because they look so clean, sharp and printed!" Nice of her to say and we had a nice chat; but that said though, I personally don't really rate i-pads, etc when it comes to creating live caricatures at events.


I have yet to be impressed by any live caricature work I've seen on those things. The majority of live caricature i-pad artwork I've came across looks atrocious.  A artist with poor drawing skills will still produce naff drawings no matter what technology he uses, so it seems. A lot of artists who use them really need to work on their basic caricature drawing skills in my opinion. I'll stick with pens and paper! Check out my galleries in the 'Photos' section of my Facebook page to see more of my traditional 'live caricature work'. : )

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Announcement!

Sorry folks, but I've had to 'call time' on the Christmas commissions as things are getting a little crazy around here! Normal service will be resumed in January 2015. Thanks for all the interest in my work!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Alex Salmond

Today marks the end of an era in Scottish politics as Alex Salmond steps down as Scotland's First Minister. Love him or loathe him, there's no denying he has changed the face of Scottish politics. He was a breath of fresh air as far as I'm concerned. I admired him and I wish him well. Here's my caricature tribute to him.



Thursday, 13 November 2014

Happy Birthday Kevin Bridges!

A couple of rough sketches of  one of my favourite comedians (and fellow Glaswegian!) Kevin Bridges. Born on this day, 1986. Well worth checking out if you're a comedy fan if he comes to a town near you!


Pencils above and watercolours below.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

SPONGEBOB AND PUSSY CAT GIRL!

Well readers, it was Halloween last week and inbetween working on caricature commissions and drawing at events this month; I've been busy working on these costumes for my kids. Thought I'd share these pics with you. Our Tommy (aged 8) wanted to be 'SpongeBob Squarepants' and Evie (5) wanted to go as a "pussy cat". As you do... Scroll down to read how I did it....



Halloween costumes hand made by Dad....Dad is  'arty' and indeed 'farty'.












Tommy's costume (thankfully!) was just an old cardboard bike box I got from my local Halfords store for free. I cut holes in it for the mouth and arms, then glued 2 sponges on for the cheeks. The nose is a wee plastic ball glued on to the top of a wee plastic bottle. The eyes are a polystyrene ball cut in half and also glued on. I then painted the whole thing with cardboard primer, then spraypainted it yellow out in my shed ( almost killing myself with the fumes in the process! Took out a fair few spiders, though! )

The other details were hand painted with acrylics. I fitted shoulder straps on it also, so it would be comfy for Tom to wear like a rucksack. I glued an extra square of thick cardboard into the inner 'back' area to strengthen the bit where the straps would be and so that the cardboard wouldn't rip when 'weight bearing' when worn. I got Tom to wear his brown shorts and long sleeved yellow top. I got the gloves and yellow tights off the internet for a couple of quid, and the 'stripes' on the white socks are actually electrical tape! Job done!

Evie's outfit was simpler as she just wanted to wear her 'cat' suit; however she wasn't too impressed with the tiny flimsy mask that came with it. I bought some sheets of foam and glue from Hobbycraft and cut some shapes and created a new one for her that fitted snugly over her head. 


I think the results aren't too shabby and I'm fairly happy with how they turned out...especially as I don't work on these kind of projects too often! Anyway, both my kids are delighted with the results and can't wait to wear them to the school disco this week, so the job's a good 'un! Think I may have earned myself a few "Cool Dad" points on my Clubcard from them also!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

BACK TO BLOG!

Well hello there blog people! Wow....I can't believe it's been over a year since my last blog post! Time flies. I hope you are all well. So where have I been and why did I abandon the blog for the last nineteen months?

Well, the short answer is that I created a facebook page. Please do check it out and give my page a 'like'... if you likey! Here's the link: www.Facebook.com/EddTravers

   Pleased to report my FB page has proven to be very popular...so that's where I've been posting the majority of my news and new creations. I love the fact that I can communicate instantly with people (clients / potential clients / general caricature fans etc...) and I've also had many bookings and commission work via the facebook page..... which is something which has never happened here anyway, so this ol' blog kind of got put on the back burner and got forgotten and neglected I'm afraid.

I also joined twitter a while ago and have enjoyed connecting with people and getting my artwork out there too. I'll be honest, I've had a lot to learn and it's taken me a while to get my head around the whole 'social media' thing, and I've had more than a few problems along the way....but I think I'm getting there. Twitter has completely amazed me when famous celebrities have 'retweeted' my caricatures of them to their millions of followers (Sir Alan Sugar, Ford Kiernan and Kevin Bridges for example...)...which in turn caused a bit of a 'twitterstorm' and  earned me lots of new twitter followers in the process! Just goes to show the power of social media I suppose! If you're on twitter, give me a follow and I'll follow you back: https://twitter.com/eddtravers



However as well as facebook & twitter I'd like to keep this blog ticking over and will endeavour to post more work and news here as it happens. So, that said, let's bring things bang up to date with a recentish caricature of  the all new Doctor Who time-lord, Peter Capaldi.


Hope you like it! Fun Fact: I went to the same high school as Peter Capaldi, you know....Saint Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch (although not at the same time!) We even had the same art teacher...(who was an utter moron)!

I think Peter has done a fantastic job as the new Doctor and I'm looking forward to the next series already.