Sunday, 26 July 2015

GRADO Sketch!

"IT'S YERSEL!" Today's sketchbook caricature is Insane Championship Wrestling Fightclub Superstar.....'GRADO!' (aka Graeme Stevely). I should explain to readers outside Scotland...BBC Scotland did a documentary on Grado and his Glasgow wrestling pals in 2014 which was a massive hit here and catapulted them into superstardom! A second documentary was also commissioned and both are well worth a watch...hilarious stuff! Totally brilliant! I urge you to watch them if you haven't seen them already! Enjoy! : )

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Noel Gallagher Sketch

Today's sketchbook caricature is the ever-quotable legend that is Noel Gallagher. Here he is on the state of the music scene these days...

"I can't buy into bands nowadays because they're all f***ing idiots. I read interviews and no one's got anything to f***ing say. You're required to have a f***ing opinion. Everybody's got records "featuring" somebody else: it's either a s*** rap about somebody's struggle, or just f***ing s*** music set to some reggae backbeat sung in some trans-atlantic f***ing accent. And then they'll throw some Cockney in just to keep it f***ing "real".

Yep. F***ing right on, Noel! : )

Friday, 24 July 2015

Paloma Faith Sketch

Paloma Faith sketch. Her with the big hair and teeth and that....I sketched this week, just messing around. I couldn't tell you any of her songs or even hum you a tune as her music tends to pass me by.... (bit mainstream for me - sorry!). I really like her 'look' though - that vintage / pin-up glamour style is pretty cool I reckon. Fun face to draw too. : )

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Caricaturing at La Bonne Auberge Glasgow

Ooh-la-la! Zut alors! Oo' eez this fantastique Frenchman....? It's only yours truly done up like a kipper for a booking last week! French restaurant La Bonne Auberge celebrated 40 years in business in Glasgow  and hired me to provide some caricature entertainment there for the guests and also asked me to don the garb of 'an authentic French artiste'... 

Hmmm. Not quite sure if I've pulled  it off! The wife thinks I look like a cross between a Frank Spencer / Where's Wally and Johnny Onion (the wee guy off the front Onion Rings crisps). Even the dug thinks I look like an idiot in this photo!

My easel was set up in the reception area of the restaurant. A lovely venue!

Can you spot my spare 'Emergency 'Tache' on my board above my paper? I bought a pack of 5 of 'em from Poundland..... I am nothing if not prepared....

 It was great to meet and caricature the former Lord Provost of Glasgow Alex Mosson too (below).... 

Alex told me he'd been caricatured a few times before by talented artists such as Malky McCormick and Bill Leckie - hard acts for me to follow, however he and his wife seemed to be extremely impressed and delighted with my quick 5 minute sketch....

Thanks to everyone who sat for me and gave me great feedback about my work! It was lovely to meet & draw for you. Thanks also to Elizabeth for booking me and for kindly forwarding a few pics of me in action... All I can say is, I don't mind dressing up if that's what the client wants, but I was EXTREMELY glad to get the 'tache off at the end of the kept flapping about and made my top lip very sweaty! I dunno how Tom Selleck does it.... Merci, everyone! : )

Monday, 13 July 2015

Four Caricature Bookings in One Weekend

Just had a busy weekend of caricaturing -   On Friday I was in Dumbarton at a joint 40th birthday party for Michele and Patrick; then on Saturday I was at 2 weddings - firstly in the afternoon at The Parsonage in Airth, at Jan's wedding reception, then later in the evening I was caricaturing guests over at House For an Art Lover in Glasgow for Craig and Flo. Then last night on Sunday evening I was down in Ayr at The Western House Hotel drawing for Amanda and Cameron's guests at their wedding reception too. Phew! Lots more bookings to come this summer as the 'wedding season' is in full swing.   Below are some photos I managed to grab. Pleased to report my work was very well received by my sitters - lots of laughs and some great reactions too! Thanks a million to everyone who has hired me and I hope you enjoyed all the celebrations. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Website Spruce-Up!

I've spent a fair bit of time updating and sprucing up my website recently. Laborious as the task has been; I feel it's been necessary to put the time and effort in to give my on-line web presence a decent home!

I've removed some old stuff and added a lot of new artwork and photos. I really wanted the galleries to reflect a more 'balanced' range of the options and styles of caricature work I currently produce.

Specifically, the 'Weddings' and 'Gift Caricatures' galleries have been overhauled majorly. New pics have also been added to the 'Photo Gallery' of places and faces from my travels; and lastly, I've now created a new gallery page consisting entirely of my 'Sketchbook' work. I've been told that others enjoy seeing my simple / rough sketches as well as my more 'polished' work, so I thought it would be nice to have a little sketch collection in one place on my website which I can add to at my leisure. It all starts with a pencil and piece of paper for me..... : )

Overall, I think my website is looking a lot more clearer, succinct and respectable than it has done in years. There's prices and FAQ's about the services I provide on there too for any potential clients to take note of.

Here's a link to my new 'Sketchbook' gallery page, but please feel free to look at the new images elsewhere on the site and as always your comments would be welcome! Cheers!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Indiana Jones Sketch

Here's a sketch I did recently of Harrison Ford aka 'Indiana Jones'. My kids Tommy and Evie (aged 9 and 6) have rapidly become a massive Indy fans recently since I introduced them to the movies. Great to see them enjoying the same classics I loved as a lad (...apart from 'Crystal Skull' of course - total massive disappointment!). Hope you like it.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Christopher Reeve as Superman Sketch

Today's sketch is 'The Man of Steel' - for my generation - the late, great Christopher Reeve as Superman. Still the best in my view! In 1978 I was four years old and going to see 'Superman' at the Odeon cinema in Glasgow was my first ever cinema experience. My wee Gran took me in on the bus. I remember being dead excited at seeing the huge screen for the first time and sitting on the big red; velvety, flippy-up seats, with sweets and juice, surrounded by loads of other people (who all seemed to be smoking within the theatre!). Then, the big curtains went back, the unforgettable theme tune kicked off and from the opening 'big, swooshy flying movie credits' onwards I was mesmerised! What an amazing day. Thanks a million Gran. Xx.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Andy Murray Sketch

Anyone for tennis? Here's a new sketch I finished today of home favourite Andy Murray in full on 'roar mode!' Can he win it again at Wimbledon? Hope so.‪#‎ComeOnAndy‬

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Amy Winehouse Sketch

My next sketch is the late, great Amy Winehouse. Yep, I was always a fan! Such a shame she left us all too soon. There's a movie documentary about Amy hitting cinema screens this month....looks interesting. 

Here's the trailer...