For my lastest commission, I managed to trade a caricature for cake. Forget money, this has to be my ultimate motivator. Kelly from KellyCakes in Blackpool called me up to ask me to do a caricature of her biker husband, who is a chief helicopter engineer at Blackpool airport. In exchange, Kelly agreed to do a Bart Simpson birthday cake for my daughter's 14th birthday.
My first wedding commission turned out to be more complicated that I had hoped. The clients wanted the bride playing a grand piano and the groom drinking a pint plus it had to include their dog, all in one caricature! Luckily they liked my first effort straight away.
I recently attended my first annual National Caricature Convention held this year in Nevada, USA. The standard of the artists was amazing and I used the experience as a learning exercise as well as a chance to make some new friends. It was a fantastic week of drawing, drinking and laughing. Best of all, I got drawn by last years Golden Nosey winner, and one of my favourite artists, Chris Rommel!
My daughter asked me to do some caricatures of her teachers as leaving gifts at the end of her Year 6. Good job she's in the senior school next year! Makes a change from soap and a bottle of wine I guess.
I was asked to do a charity garden party for Age Concern at a local hotel. Despite the rain it was a successful day and a good introduction to live work. Plus there was a surpise in store in the form of two drag queens from Funny Girls but no one did explain why they were there?
After a chance meeting, I was asked by Helen, the owner of a fantastic new shop in Lytham called Paint & Glaze, to experiment with the idea of painting caricatures on ceramics. For my first effort I painted Helen on a sushi dish and a small tile. The results are quite effective and would make an unusual, unique gift idea.