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For decades I have been active within my industry, trying to improve standards and galvanise artists to co-operate and help us all thrive. This has earned me the reputation of being a ‘Rabble Rouser’ and a pariah among the entertainment agents, which has taken its toll.

I have warned against the practice of under pricing and the threat of a flooded market for years, but my warnings were seen as the rantings of a malcontent and largely ignored. Now, after 27 years in my industry I see that my competition has more than trebled and many are under-pricing, helping the larger agencies to thrive and continue the gravy train. So my efforts have largely been wasted, at the expense of my own dwindling business.

I have tried to forge links and inroads within the thriving London market, but it seems I will never be seen as a viable London artist and so shall look at other less parochial markets for the future.

I am therefore taking a step back and halving my efforts to improve my industry, instead focusing on keeping my own business alive. I have abstained from many Facebook groups and let many industry memberships lapse, in an effort to concentrate my efforts on self preservation.

This may mean a depletion in social rants from me, for which I apologise, as I do enjoy a good rant, but I find it draining.

Twenty Seven years ago I stepped into a market which was largely seen as a novelty or joke, fit only to line the pockets of unscrupulous agencies. I tried my hardest to change the public perception and make it a profitable career choice for artists. In many respects I have become a victim of my own success, as the new generation flock into the market and deplete my only source of income.

That’ll teach me for sticking my head above the parapet!

 

Other caricature resources:  https://www.caricatures-uk.com – https://www.wedding-caricatures.co.uk – http://www.caricatures.live – https://www.itoons.uk/ 

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After 24 years as a professional caricaturist and entertainer, I still find myself battling against the same deadly foe; The Amateur Artist!  Despite my excellent reputation for quality service and product, I am constantly compared to ‘the local bloke, who draws for half the price’!

Today I demonstrated my skills as an artist and entertainer at a local Wedding Exhibition, after which I was approached by two venues, both of whom used the same local caricaturist at their weddings. Their main complaint was that he sat in a corner, head down and took 10-15 minutes to draw each individual, which did not impress the Brides or other guests, waiting to be drawn. They could not believe how fast and entertaining I was and both venues offered me a space at their next exhibition, on the strength of what they’d witnessed.

Now I’m no exceptional caricaturist, just a professional, much like dozens of other professional caricaturists, all having to fight against the infux of untutored, unskilled amateurs, who are collectively killing our industry! It should not be my place to constantly educate the public to the standard of artists and entertainers available, it should be the place of those selling us and those competing with us to step up to the mark, as opposed to us lowering our standards and fees. Unless these Artists and agencies peddling our trade get their act together and start selling quality entertainment, then our industry will be reduced to a novelty much like a chocolate fountain or crappy photo booth!!

I’m just saying!

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

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I was recently filmed while drawing the MD at a corporate fun day in Wales, managed him in just 2:48 which is pretty damn fast.  It was interesting to watch myself and enlightened me as to exactly how I do it, I appear to draw from the shoulder with an ever sweeping arm which never keeps still.  Take a look…

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Other caricature resources:  https://www.caricatures-uk.com – https://www.wedding-caricatures.co.uk – http://www.caricatures.live – https://www.itoons.uk/ 

 

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