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Regia Cordi Esse

The client (a repeat customer of my Spy portraits), wanted to portray her husband as Henry VIII to celebrate his 50th birthday. Apparently, he believes he may be descended from Henry VIII. I borrowed details from various Tudor portraits of Henry VIII. A little more ornate than my usual Spy portraits, all those ouches and slashes kept me busy for quite some time! The caption along the bottom, ‘Regia Cordi Esse’, is Latin for ‘The Royal Heart’.   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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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A Great Man, But Not A Good Man

I was contacted by a young man from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards to do a set of Vanity Fair style ‘Spy’ portraits to mark the end of a few years service together as they start going off to new postings. They each posed in different uniforms and really captured the spirit of the original Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ illustrations. See my blog entry. 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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Comfort Break

I was contacted by a young man from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards to do a set of Vanity Fair style ‘Spy’ portraits to mark the end of a few years service together as they start going off to new postings. They each posed in different uniforms and really captured the spirit of the original Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ illustrations. See my blog entry. 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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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On Duty

I was contacted by a young man from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards to do a set of Vanity Fair style ‘Spy’ portraits to mark the end of a few years service together as they start going off to new postings. They each posed in different uniforms and really captured the spirit of the original Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ illustrations. See my blog entry. 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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Camel Corp

I was contacted by a young man from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards to do a set of Vanity Fair style ‘Spy’ portraits to mark the end of a few years service together as they start going off to new postings. They each posed in different uniforms and really captured the spirit of the original Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ illustrations. See my blog entry. 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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.    
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Presiding Judge of Wales

The client wanted a portrait of her husband as a birthday present. As he is an admirer of the Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ illustrations she commissioned a portrait in this style. 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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Man About Town

I was asked to do a Vanity Fair Style ‘Spy’ portrait of the client’s rather dapper looking husband to celebrate his birthday. The client was a little nervous, and wondered whether she should have gone for a more caricatured version, but all all turned out well on the day. According to the client “He absolutely loved his portrait. Thank you so much for helping me to give him a surprise he is so delighted with.”   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 Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Addressing the Jury

This client wanted to mark her move from crime to immigration with a Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ style caricature. She chose ‘Addressing the Jury’ for the caption as giving her speech to the jury was always her favourite part of a trial. In the style of Victorian/Edwardian caricaturist Leslie ‘SPY’ Ward. Pencil sketch Scanned Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Fulfilled

I was commissioned to create two portraits of the client’s dad in the style of Victorian/Edwardian Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ cartoons. One from when he took silk, and another from his time as a Judge. He is now retired. This portraits depicts his time spent as a civil judge. Pencil sketch Scanned Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Smooth As…

I was commissioned to create two portraits of the client’s dad in the style of Victorian/Edwardian Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ cartoons. One from when he took silk, and another from his time as a Judge. He is now retired. Here he is on the day he took silk. I used black and white photos from the 70’s to create this one. Pencil sketch Scanned Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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