Vanity Fair magazine founded in 1868 by Thomas Gibson Bowles, featured caricatures of well-known personalities of the period. Although there were numerous artists involved, these caricatures are collectively known as ‘SPY’ cartoons, named after the pseudonym (or nom de crayon) of their most influential artist, Leslie Ward. An apt name as Ward would study his ‘victims’ for many hours prior to beginning his preliminary sketches.
The original prints are highly collectible. My digital Vanity Fair style portraits are my homage to these impressive, albeit overlooked artists.
What better gift to present to someone who is retiring from, or leaving a profession, or to commemorate a significant event, to sit alongside their own collection.
I start with a Pencil sketch of the subject, which I scan. I then paint the portrait digitally in Photoshop, using a graphics tablet and stylus. The aged effect is achieved by layering textures which I have created myself.