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Vitam Impendere Vero

The client had returned to the Bar, after a long absence from the UK. She wanted to commemorate her return with a Vanity Fair ‘Spy’ portrait. ‘Vitam Impendere Vero’ means ‘To devote one’s life to truth’. An apposite phrase for a barrister.   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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Dolly and Vienne

One of my regular clients wanted an illustration of her cat Vienne, sitting alongside her much loved, departed puss Dolly. What cuties 🙂 Comments welcome. If you’d like a pet portrait too, contact me via my contact page and we can chat about what you’d like.   Pencil sketch Scanned Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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Partners in Crime

The client commissioned a comic cover style double portrait as a wedding present for his son and his fiancé. They are big fans of the film Suicide Squad, and especially the characters Joker and Harley Quinn, so the client opted for this theme. I noticed that in the photos of his son, he seemed to adopt a specific pout in nearly all of them. Although not characteristic of the Joker’s iconic grin, the client and I agreed I should incorporate this signature expression into the portrait to make it totally him. Their speech bubble says “Together Forever”…perfect sentiment for a wedding gift!
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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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Kaiden’s Adventures

The client wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday with comic book covers of their 2 sons. This is Kaiden. He’s always up to something! I like to place a treasured possession in the top left corner art. In this case Kaiden’s favourite thing is dinasaurs. Pencil sketch Scanned Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.
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