Vanity Fair magazine, founded in 1868 by Thomas Gibson Bowles, featured caricatures of well-known personalities of the Victorian and Edwardian period. Although there were numerous artists who contributed to the publication, these Vanity Fair portraits, or caricatures, are collectively known as ‘SPY’ cartoons. Named after the pseudonym (or nom de crayon) of their most influential artist, Leslie Ward, they are an apt name as Ward would study his ‘victims’ for many hours prior to beginning his preliminary sketches.
My digital Vanity Fair portraits pay homage to these impressive, albeit overlooked artists.
The original prints are highly collectible among professionals. So what better gift to present to someone retiring or leaving, or to commemorate a significant event, than a portrait of themself 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.
The finished portrait is output to a high quality print (329mm x 483mm) and posted, ready for the client to frame, or can be simply provided as a digital file.
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