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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.

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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Spot on caricatures

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This year saw a bumper turn-out at the annual Carix get-together. It was held on sunday 13th February near Clapham Junction and artists travelled from as far as Cardiff to attend!!

A few late arrivals included David Lewis and Sara-Louise, who helped swell the numbers. Was a pleasure to meet Picasso Griffiths at last and much fun was had with gossip a plenty and wine flowing freely. We were tossed onto the streets at 11pm and forced to take the party to the late bar next door.

Thanks so much to all the artists who made the supreme effort. See you all again next year 🙂

Just launched my new GG-Gallery site, specifically for my published and commissioned work. Its not yet finished, please be patient, take a look if you get the time.

www.gg-gallery.co.uk

…..”NO”:

  • I have never worked on a street, begging passers by
  • I have never worked on a beach, pestering tourists
  • I do not draw at Fetes or any other such event that involves spending many hours sat under an umbrella dealing with wasps, rain and screaming kids
  • I won’t carry a bucket round asking for money per drawing
  • I will not just squeeze all 12 of you on one sheet in the last 5 minutes
  • I won’t match the bloke down the pub who quoted you £50 to attend your party
  • I could NOT make a fortune on the streets of Paris or Prague, dodging the Police, organised gangs and drunken stag parties

However….”YES”:

  • I am very fast at drawing
  • I will entertain most of your guests, even the one’s not being drawn
  • I have been on telly
  • I have been drawn many hundreds of times
  • I have upset people, mainly the vain and humorless
  • I have worked for ‘newspapers and magazines’
  • I could well be the BEST investment at your party or wedding

Last week (06/04/10) saw the annual Caricaturists’ get together, this time named the Pink Fluffy Shilly Shally; after much discussion involving Duracell Bunnies LOL. Our thanks to Graham Fowell for taking it on himself to organize the ‘do’ – much kudos.

The day kicked off in London at around midday, with the show of usual faces and fleeting visits from Sara-Louise, Simon Ellinas and Paul Baker. I had to travel from Leicester and couldn’t make it until 6pm, by which time numbers had dwindled to a mere 6 Carix: Graham & Jill, Simon & Sheba, Jed & Paul Raymond. Numbers were boosted after 8pm when David Lewis made an appearance and so the sketching began.

After several bottles of red wine and pints of Becks, there was no hiding the disappointment felt at the poor turnout at the Trafalgar this year.  I am often herranged for not showing my face at social get-togethers and not making the effort to travel from Leicester and so felt obliged to uphold my good name as a social caricaturist. Having made the supreme effort (100 miles in a kilt!) however I am appauled that so few ‘local’ (London) Carix could be arsed to show their faces for one evening and make an effort to build alliances and friendships. Is it any wonder our community is falling apart, when such efforts are met with such apathy??!

Frankly I look forward to meeting the new influx of ‘Newbee Carix’… maybe they’ll show a little more enthusiasm and social nouse than the current “Cream of Caricaturists”… SHAME on you one and all.

See you next year? I hope so but won’t hold my breath.

Cream of current Caricaturists

Jed actually dozed off while reading the meeting minutes LOL

 

2011 – Carix Valentine’s Ball

Greetings fellow artists and carix… Following the blitz that was Xmas it has become customary to hold a get-together during the post-festive lull and 2011 is no exception. This years Annual Caricaturists’ bash will be held on 13th February, 5-11pm at The Northcote,  Northcote Road, Clapham Junction overground, London SW11.

Tell all ya Carix friends and come along for a pint and a sing-song (more likely a moan about inflation) til the wee small hours!!  See you there, artists old and new