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Recently I have picked up more corporate event bookings and larger events, where I am expected to tow-the-line and work more like a production line than an entertainer, often in unsuitable circumstances. I was beginning to question what I do and if I enjoy it anymore, but last night’s booking has restored my joy in what I do. I walked into a swanky VIP event, smelling of garlic with stains down my suit (after an earlier food accident), full of self doubt and apprehension and the first hour dragged as the VIP clients avoided the smelly weirdo with tattoos, but by the second hour I had won them over and people were clamouring to be drawn. The poshest, prettiest, potentially vainest people were complimenting me on my drawings and so a rapport was struck and I was free to put on a little act and show off to the audience. I had 100% positive feedback and left the event feeling a million dollars.
Such a contrast to other less successful gigs where I am touting for business in a loud, crowded, dark bar or dining room, to be ignored or told “Looks nuffink like me!” or even better “Draw a dick on his head!” and then threatened if I don’t draw all his 6 kids before I go. I’d rather look for more job satisfaction.
I do so enjoy performing as opposed to working like a kitchen porter or production line! So much more liberating that sitting at an easel behind a huge queue of demanding punters, but my hat is off to those Carix who manage that format.

Following the decline of the corporate Christmas party in recent years, which was lead by the crash of 2008 and helped along by the change in UK tax laws, which excluded entertainment as a ligitimate expense, are we now seeing at long last a resurgance in corporate entertainment? Judging by the proliferation of Xmas party enquiries which are doing the rounds this season, I would say the market indicators look hopeful!  It seems that the Bankers who pushed us into the 6 year abiss are showing their heads above the parapits once again and tentitively making entertainment enquiries. Lets hope this is a trend which spreads outside of London, so we can all enjoy the ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery at last!

Merry Christmas to you all and lets hope its a fruitful one for those of us who will be working hardest to raise smiles this year 🙂

…And if you’re looking to join the trend and celebrate Christmas in company with a caricaturist this year, visit my website and hire the best London caricaturist!  www.caricatures-uk.com 

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

Spent last monday being filmed by the seaside for the next series of ITV’s Coach Trip. I had to teach a caricature class to seven couples, all bound for a trip round Europe with their host Brendan. Details cannot be disclosed until the show is aired in September, but I can show you my autograph from Brendan – lovely chap 🙂

 

Coach Trip Brendan

HR Giger RIP

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 🙂

 

GQ - Ronnie O'Sullivan

My latest illustration for GQ magazine is on the shelves now (Jan), p155 Ronnie O’Sullivan…