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!