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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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Her Majesty’s Trusty and Well Beloved

Vanity Fair Spy style portrait to commemorate the sitter Taking Silk. The client chose the title ‘Her Majesty’s Trusty and Well Beloved’ as it apparently “tickled” his father when he read it in the wording used in the Letters Patent. These are contained in the scarlet leather pouch he is holding (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).   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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The ball is in his court

The wife of the sitter wanted a Vanity Fair style portrait done of her husband to celebrate a ‘big’ birthday. She said “He has repeatedly been telling me about your wonderful portraits.” The recipient said “I love and admire your work of me. It has captured me, in my eyes. I am very happy and humble with it.”   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 Her Majesty’s Service

A previous client (a barrister) persuaded his chambers to commission a Vanity Fair Spy portrait of one of their members who was retiring. The title refers to the comparison often made by colleagues of the subject’s tanned, suave appearance, and James Bond. 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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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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