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A Magistrate

Portrait of a magistrate. He requested his portrait in the style of Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoons. “Judging is acting on limited knowledge”. So true! These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop  
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The First But Not The Last

Portrait of a Judge, commissioned by her sons, who requested her portrait in the style of Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoons. The title is in reference to her being the first female Asian judge in the uk. These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop
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Her Majesty’s Trusty and Well Beloved

Portrait of a QC, commissioned by his sons, who requested his portrait in the style of Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoons. The title comes from the exact wording of the sitter’s Letters Patent (Letters Patent are written orders issued by a monarch, granting an office, right, monopoly, title, or status to a person. It is an archaically worded document bearing a large royal seal and encased in a scarlet leather pouch). The sons thought it would contrast humorously with the slightly rebellious image of the QC nonchalantly smoking a cigarette. These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop  
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The Comedian

Portrait of a court usher. Known by his colleagues for his corny jokes. Retirement gift. In the style of Vanity Fair, Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoon prints.   These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop
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Stranger Kids Comic Cover

This is my homage to Stranger Things. I can’t begin to describes how much I adore this show. It ticked all the boxes from the first episode. In keeping with the characters, I thought a comic theme would suit the project perfectly. This was an absolute joy to do. Read my blog entry here Pencil sketches, scanned, rendered in Photoshop. All textures my own.    
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The Northern Reader

Portrait of a retired judge. Commissioned by his son, who requested it in the style of Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoons to sit alongside his father’s existing collection of Vanity Fair prints.   These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop    
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Her Ladyship, Our Presider

I was commissioned by the staff at a crown court to create a Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ style portrait for a high court judge who was standing down from her post as Presiding Judge. It was presented to her at her farewell evening. The response was as follows: “I was taken by complete surprise and was overwhelmed when I saw the painting. It is such a tribute to Amanda’s talent and skill, and all done from a photograph…amazing. I will hang the painting in my room in the Royal Courts of Justice, the best of reminders of four memorable years and the people who were part of them.” Pencil sketch, scanned, rendered in Photoshop.
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Bowland Walkies with Hobbes

The client wanted one of my comic book covers featuring their Old English Sheepdog Hobbes. His favourite thing in the world was a set of plastic keys which he had had since he was a pup. These appear in the corner art of the comic cover. Pencil sketch, scanned, rendered in Photoshop.    
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Caricature of Mark as X-Wing Pilot

I created this comic cover for a client who’s brother is rather a fan of Star Wars. He has created his own X-Wing fighter pilot costume which he wears to charity events. I borrowed some elements from vintage Star Wars comics to help create the look. Pencil sketch, scanned, then rendered in Photoshop. All textures created by me.
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HHJ JJ

For a Macmillan Cancer Research coffee morning, I ran a charity art auction, the prize of which was one of my Victorian, Vanity Fair ‘Spy Cartoon’ style illustrations. The winning bidder was a judge. In fact he has won two years in a row, having bid very generously both times due to the Macmillan charity being close to his heart. Last year he selflessly commissioned the portrait of a judge who didn’t win but was keen to have one of my illustrations. He decided he would treat himself this year. These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’. To see more of his work click here. Pencil sketch, scanned then ‘painted’ in Photoshop
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