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Came across a new group of young caricaturists yesterday, all advertising their services online, as a collective. They took the unusual step of advertising prices for various counties, on their site and the fees were roughly half the industry standard! They clearly do not have a long term business plan!

I am self employed. I am trained and qualified as an artist. As such, my business mentality has always valued my services and artistic talent, while realising that I would never be given a wage rise, unless I made myself worth it.

These new artists clearly do not value their services or their place within the industry and by pricing themselves so low, they will only make themselves the poorer and less popular! They exhibit a ‘short term gains’ mentality and encourage existing artists to compete by lowering our prices in turn. Be aware that lower prices do not encourage new jobs, it just means you work harder for less money at the same job! The logical conclusion being that we will all have to offer more hours for less money, in order to win the same jobs; pretty soon we will all be working a 40 hour week, while earning a little above the minimum wage! Is that all we caricaturists are worth??

Get a business plan guys! If you want to stay in business, then find your worth, find your place in the market and charge accordingly. The only way you will get a pay rise in the next 25 years is if you make it your self and that will never happen if idiots like you keep lowering our market value!!!! WISE UP SUCKERS!

 

 

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So finally, after weeks of tinkering and developing and fixing glitches, my newly rebuilt website is ready to take over the web-waves! Though similar in theme to the last site, with it’s pulp fiction feel, torn paper and bulletholes, this new site is far more structured and hopefully user friendly, with an eye to future browsers and a simple booking procedure.

Please take a look and feel free to leave me some feedback, all (positive)  suggestions welcome ! CARICATURES-UK.COM

spot on caricatures

My latest illustration for GQ was published in April’s issue, out in March… P187

Louis CK caricature

Last week I was in the local Leicester Mercury once again, when I handed over some framed artwork to a competition winner, at my exhibition.

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Last November I received the call from Brad Pitt’s PA, saying how much they loved my Pulp Fiction artwork and that they would like to commission me to draw Brad Pitt for his 50th birthday gift! I jumped at the chance and headed south to the set of his latest movie, which was being shot in the UK. I spent the most exhilarating day with Brad and his film crew, on set, watching the explosions and drama unfold before the cameras, while I snapped a few shots and drew the crew.

I toiled away at the composition, which included his Personal Team (hairdresser, lookalike, PA, driver, dresser) for over a week and when it was finished I had the honor of presenting it to Brad Pitt on set on his birthday in December. Unfortunately he decided to shoot a ‘closed set’ on his birthday and so I did not get to see his reaction to the artwork, but he must’ve liked it because he asked for a copy of my Fight Club poster too!!

Unfortunately I signed a Non-disclosure waver, which means that I cannot impart any details, but as I retain original copyright, I assume I can now share the artwork with the public.

Brad Pitt Caricature

Happy Birthday Brad!

It was a joy to be on set with Brad and an honour to be chosen as his artist. Best day of last year for sure 🙂

 

Lou Reed caricature

 

RIP Lou Reed

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.

LCF exhibition

Open evening – 04/02/14, 5 – 7pm, FREE entry with bar.

LCB workshop

 

Just received some press photos from my warm up exhibition at LCB Depot, which will be moving to The Y Theatre in February.

Spot On George

 

Spot On George