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I love my job; the laughter, the people, the travel, the entertaining, the artwork and wanted to share my passion with you, by relaying my experiences and opinions from a 20+ year life as an artist/entertainer. I hope this Blog enlightens you, while displaying my Passion, Honesty and Integrity.
I am above-all honest, some would say too honest, which can raise some eyebrows, but I stand by my honesty and am not in the habit of writing lies. Perhaps some would rather I simply did not write…
I believe in standing up for my beliefs and my passions. In the Caricature industry in particular, where (in the UK) there is no regulation, I am proud to take a stance against charlatans and monopolies who would damage my industry. I alone have stood up against the three largest online Agencies in the UK, who dominate my industry and control our prices, only I have spoken out against them. I no longer patronise them or support their undercutting businesses in any way, how many other caricaturists can say the same?
I am a perfectionist, which leads me to be a critic, which in turn makes me few friends, but I will not suffer fools gladly and certainly will not pretend to respect them just to maintain the status quo. A talentless singer gains no respect from the music/entertainment industry, so why should a talentless caricaturist be given any?
I do not tolerate racists, sexists, bigots, blaggers, back-stabbers, undercutters, amateurs or charlatans. I may not be allowed to name them, but I will not befriend or condone them.
This is my public stance.
Tags: artists, caricature, caricatures, caricaturing, caricaturists, Christmas parties, entertainers, UK Caricaturist
Each year it takes us all by surprise and each year we end up crossing our fingers and hoping that the spirit of celebration takes the nation by storm again. So far its the usual slim pickings for me, with a stark November and and even bleaker looking December ahead. I am comforted by the steady stream of random last minute commissions, from bosses who remember they have to produce a calendar within 5 days or love struck boyfriends wanting to show their affection by spending £5 on a scribble! Most of these enquiries I tend to shrug off, unless my bank balance tells me otherwise, as they tend to be a huge waste of time, often ending with the blunt email, telling me that after a week spent chasing the project, they have found someone cheaper!!
I am currently whittling away at a studio commission which will pay my mortgage and help me into December, but my diary is still clear. I have fielded a couple of dinner party enquiries “Could you pop to Guildford/Blackpool for an hour to entertain my 20 guests?” which all ended predictably in the negative. That said, I have just negotiated a booking from a new agent who thought he would school me on what my fee should be and how lucky I should feel to get an enquiry in today’s climate… The cheek! I was probably entertaining diners when he was potty training and have survived 23 years without his help!! But beggars cannot be choosers and so a deal was struck and I now count 4 bookings so far this Xmas season.
Gone are the days of 18 parties and too much work to manage, thanks in no short part to the influx of new artists, who believe the agents that dictate their fee and remind them how lucky they are not to be stacking Tesco shelves!
Ho ho ho!
Tags: framed prints, movie caricatures
I’m having some of my movie posters printed off and frames for two exhibitions in Jan/Feb 2014. Would anyone else be interested in a framed print? Average sizing 80 x 60cm, black frames… prices £150 for limited edition prints, £120 unframed (+P&P). See here for gallery and drop me your order before Xmas
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If you commission a caricaturist to draw your caricature, surely you are doing so because you wish to see your likeness through HIS/HER eyes and not your own for once? So why (when shown your caricature) would you choose to edit the features and have it altered, just to match your own perception? If you want that, then surely a photograph would be more suitable than a caricature. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t look through the eyes of a caricaturist! Simples
Tags: artists, caricature, caricatures, caricaturists, entertainment, racism, rant, wedding entertainment
I recently drew at a wedding which turned out to be the most unpleasant reception I’d endured in years. I say endured because it left a bad taste in my mouth but I was forced to smile tight lipped, for fear of my own safety if I should speak out. Asides the usual unacceptable racist taunts of “draw him as a Golly Wog… you only need black paper” to the few black guests, I also had to endure two drunks at my shoulder discussing ‘the best fights they’d started’ and telling a girl how they beat up a ‘Fat git eating a kebab’ (unprovoked) the previous weekend and a cyclist for jumping a red light before that – apparently proud that they had broken his hand! But smile and sparkle I did, though my skin was crawling.
I was forced to move spots several times when the loud mouthed racist behind me kept farting – with devastating effect! The final straw came when I was drawing a Mike Tyson lookalike and another drunk blurted “May as well draw a lump of coal!” I stopped drawing and glared at him to a loud gasp and “Wooooo daggers!” from the audience. I think he got the message, but what on earth made him think I would agree with his twisted humour in the first place? What makes this still acceptable in modern society??
I felt like I was swimming in a shark tank, with a bloody lip and couldn’t wait to escape the heavy atmosphere. The icing on my cake came when an orange leather faced woman asked me “Do you do proper art, ya know painting and stuff… or just charactertures?!” I didn’t realise it was a multiple choice question, one or the other but not possibly both?! I encountered pretty much every kind of ignorance at the event and was very happy to slip away while the bulk of guests were on the dancefloor.
As a professional artist and entertainer it is my job to be charming and entertaining, but this is hard to maintain when I am insulted, badgered, bullied and made complicit to down right racist ignorance. I just wish racist idiots would leave me alone and not assume that my shaved head and tattoos gave them license to include me in their targeted bullying!!!
Tags: caricaturists, depression, financial security, pressures, self employment
Being self employed and working from home has many pitfalls and perils, which help balance out the benefits which others see as so attractive. The main peril which is rarely spoken about is depression. This could arise as the result of an unpredictable level of life security, lack of financial security, pressures of increasing competition, the constant job rejections from clients or the anti-social hours of working late every weekend then spending every other day locked in your home office, fishing for your next job. Maybe its just because being self employed is a constant relentless struggle or maybe its just the weather!
Whatever the reason, I have dark days. Today is a dark day… Just thought I’d share that with all those craving self employment as a cure to all their woes.
Tags: caricature workshop, leicester comedy festival, spot on george
After much last minute wrangling, I have managed to secure myself two exhibitions and a workshop, all as a part of next year’s Leicester Comedy Festival. I shall be holding a pre-show exhibition for two weeks at LCB Depot, then transferring the exhibits to The Y Theatre for the duration of February. The exhibition is called “Spot On @ The Movies” and will be a selection of 12 posters from my Movie poster collection, illustrating some of the most iconic movie posters in caricature form. To coincide with this I shall be running a caricature seminar/workshop at LCB Depot on 20th February, at which I will offer tips and tricks on how to SEE a caricature and demonstrate my live drawing techniques to the public. This will be listed as “Spot On @ LCB Depot” and has limited spaces available. I’m very much looking forward to both events.