Thursday, 13 November 2008

Pictures of your loved ones ....

"Hi Steve - Received the caricature today – absolutely brilliant. Thank you so so much! My dad is going to love it!!"

"Hi Steve, - Just a quick note to say thank you for the speed in which you produced my caricature, my boyfriend loved it, as did I, Thanks again"

Friday, 3 October 2008

Friday, 26 September 2008

Amanda & Nik . . .

"Thanks Steve - Picture is awesome, I love it & Nik will too. It's perfect. Thank you so much. All the best."

Sunday, 31 August 2008

More from Stoke City F.C.

I've not posted anything for a while, this is another Stoke City related picture a 'quickie' John Rudge Stoke City's Director of Football and.....

.....Stoke City F.C. player - new signing Dave Kitson.
The Stoke City work may be leading to something very exciting and some of them are actually being shown in a local art gallery to advertise and celebrate Stoke City F.C. along with work from other artists and potential backing from the club itself.
It's early days and meetings are going on between the gallery and the football club at the moment so it's a fingers crossed situation but I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Stoke City FC - Ryan Shawcross

The latest of the Stoke City football players caricatures Ryan Shawcross.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Stoke City FC - Liam Lawrence

This is the step by step process for my painting of Stoke Citys Liam Lawrence...

...and the finished product.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Stoke City Football Clubs Premier League Promotion

There is a very positive atmosphere in the air in Stoke on Trent nowadays. The home football team, Stoke City, have just been promoted to the Premier league. Now admittedly I am not a football fan but it has been nigh on impossible not to get caught up in the euphoria that this has created and it is a much needed moral boost for the city.

With this in mind I am creating caricature portraits of the team to celebrate this momentous occasion starting with - Stoke City Manager Tony Pullis.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Heath Ledger tribute

A small tribute piece dedicated to the actor Heath Ledger who died earlier this year -'s not quite finished yet but it's getting there.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Gordon Brown

Not posted anything for a while seem to be so busy. My website is very nearly ready and should launch next week but to get into the mood for tomorrows local election I've gone all political and painted a caricature of the current PM - Gordon Brown.
May I just add what a great job he's doing (add sarcastic tone when you read that bit.)

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Philip Glenister

A while back I did this caricature of Philip Glenister the star of 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to ashes' shown on the BBC here in the UK.His character in these shows - DCI Gene Hunt - is fantastic.Anyway,in a bid to get my work out and about I e-mailed his official website with a request to post my caricature (and maybe a link to my blog) on the website.

I got a reply on Sunday from Gareth the website editor who wrote "I have to say that your caricatures have gone down well! We at the website like them and Philip - approves of his ... I'll put it in the miscellaneous pics gallery with a link."

I am now proudly having the caricature displayed on Philip Glenisters official website ... fantastic.

I've put a link to Philips website - it contains various clips from the two shows I've mentioned for those of you who've never seen them.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

National Caricature Network (NCN)

Self portrait for NCN profile page

A little over a week ago I joined the National Caricature Network.I thought this really did seem to be something to be a part of.

It was the best thing that I could ever have done - within 2 days of joining I had seen and replied to an advertisement for a caricature artist at the 'Alton Towers' theme park here in the U.K. on closer inspection I noticed that the advert had been posted last year in time for this season and presumed it had now been filled.So I sent a email to the owner of the caricature consession (Mick Hollinworth) introducing myself and asking if a vacancy came up again would he consider me for the position.

Get this ... he only e mailed me back!!!

Although there is no vacancy at the moment he wants to use me as holiday cover etc(I live very near Alton Towers)and one of the artists that works on the consession had offered to come and see me.I spent yesterday afternoon chatting with Mike Carlon,a great guy and a great caricaturist, who showed me the style and approach for live caricatures.I now need to train my little socks off to get used to live style caricaturing and keep Mick and Mike updated.All being well this is the start point of my new career,I have a foot in the door and as long as I impress with my work hopefully, one day I will be working full seasons at Alton Towers as a live caricaturist.

All thanks to the NCN...Cheers guys!

Friday, 28 March 2008


I'm continuing to work hard at my portfolio (and loving it).I think the critical thing is to get my showcase work together and then launch the website.I don't see ant point in submitting a half cocked website with little or nothing to look at.Folks need a gallery to view in order to see that I catch a good likeness before they'll commission me to do work for them.

At the same time I'm trying to learn how to utilize the Internet and get me out there.People need to see my work.A very positive move yesterday was becoming a member of the National Caricature Network (NCN) I think that this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Odd thing this Internet business.A very useful tool but not of you don't know how to use it.I have a feeling that I'm talking to myself most of the change there then.

Anyhow here's a couple of caricatures for you...



Thursday, 20 March 2008


I've been playing around with all sorts of ideas to make my stuff original e.g. you always see pictures of people proudly holding up their caricature so I had an idea of having the caricature holding up the photograph or a double barrel caricature called "now and then" with two paintings of the same face on one page,one as a cutey pie kiddy and another of what that person looks like today.I don't know if I need gimmicks,just continue with good quality work.
For now I've done this painting of my youngest daughter Becky,it's a great caricature but shows how important the reference picture can be.This is a good photo,but it fails to capture the character of the subject.Beck is a loon,everything is funny to her.She is a whirlwind of giggles.This 'staged' picture fails to capture that.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

More stuff...

"How to look good naked."
UK TV Fashion Guru - Gok Wan

"Sweeney Todd" - Johnny Depp

Dr Who - David Tennant

Fear and Loathing...

This was an interesting piece.It was actually a request from a guy on Deviant Art who really loves the film.I find the problem with Johnny Depp is,like myself (ahem), he is virtually perfect. Add to this the fact that he rarely looks like himself in films makes him difficult to caricature so for this one I just caricatured the whole scene.It came out well and I enjoyed doing it (thanks Mark).

As for the film "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas" I know my brother and I watched it but,as ever,illegal amounts of alcohol had been consumed and I don't have a bloody clue what it was about ... same happened with Donnie Darko (Gaz????)

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Stuff to see...






DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister)

I've just finished this one.
I loved "Life On Mars" (Jury's still out on "Ashes to Ashes" I'll reserve judgement 'til I've seen the final episode) and Gene Hunt has now become something of an icon...bring back 70's policing I say.

Monday, 17 March 2008


My first post went well!Kept having dips in power and my computer shut down.It was my intention to upload a couple more examples.Oh well!

Here's a caricature that I did recently using photoshop and my graphic tablet - Amy Winehouse .

I always thought that doing digital art was a bit like cheating but I finally gave in and got myself a tablet,more out of curiosity then anything else.

I love it.I've had it for roughly a month now and have taken to it like a duck to water and I've completed 13 caricatures so far the latest of which I will post later.

For those of you that don't know,there is nothing done for me by using photoshop,instead of the conventional method of painting i now pick up my digital paintbrush and dip it into my digital paints and paint on my digital paper.If you can't do it physically,you can't do it digitally.

Anyway,work to do...

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Brucie bonus....

I have no idea where or how to start on my quest to become a freelance caricature artist.But the obvious starting point is to create a good quality portfolio.

I sit in awe of the talents of guys like Jason Seiler,Jan Op De Beeck,Joe Bluhm,Sebastian (wow) Krueger etc and if I can achieve half of what these guys are capable of then I will be happy. But what can a missing fingered, self taught computer illiterate do?

Well I can do this....can I introduce you to Mr Bruce Willis.