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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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A Chivalrous Judge

The client commissioned one of my Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ style illustrations. ‘SPY’ AKA Leslie Ward, would often paint prominent judges and barristers of the time. These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward once 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’. According to the client, this particular judge “…is and always has been chivalrous. He reminds me of a cross between Omar Sharif and David Niven. He’s a real and true charmer, when you’re with him, especially in Chambers, personally, he has the ability to make one feel like they’re the only one in the room. In Court, I’ve always admired his fairness. Even when it’s ‘open and shut’, he strives for fairness for the Defendants he has before him.” Pencil sketch, scanned, then digitally painted in Photoshop
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Jamie’s Adventures

This little scamp is Jamie. His favourite thing is Minecraft. He has such a Norman Rockwell face, so he was a lot of fun to do. Pencil sketch Scanned Coloured in photoshop Textures my own.
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That’s Not A Hill!

This is a  Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ style, digital caricature of Paul. He’s a cyclist. He loves hills and is often heard saying in a mocking tone “That’s not a hill!”.   Pencil Sketch Scanned Painted in photoshop All textures created by me  
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The Scarlett Diaries: Caricature of Scarlett

Comic book cover style illustration. Caricature of Scarlett. She’s fan of Studio Ghibli, so I popped the character Totoro into the corner art for her. Pencil sketch Scanned Coloured in photoshop Textures my own.  
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Caelan’s Adventures

Comic book cover style illustration. The client told me that Caelan is nuts about Liverpool FC, so I popped their Liver bird emblem in the corner art box for him. Pencil sketch Scanned Coloured in photoshop Textures my own.
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Taking the Note

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 who was a judge, actually requested the illustration of another judge who had been disappointed at not winning the auction. So pleased was the second judge, that he matched the winning bid, thus earning Macmillan double the money! 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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