Monday, 1 August 2016

Ralph Steadman

One on my favourite artists: Ralph Steadman. Great fun putting this together. Click on image for larger view...

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + PS

David Johansen

No, it's not Mick! It's another New York Doll; this time lead man, David Johansen (minus make-up).

(Sketchbook Pro and PS for some b/ground stuff.)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Chuck Close

Quickish sketch of the American artist, Chuck Close. If you're fan of large scale portraits - especially photorealistic ones - then Google him!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Johnny Thunders

Had a coupla goes at trying to capture Mr Thunders a while back but never really liked what I came up with. Today I finally managed to get something I thought was nearer the mark. Keeping with the NY Dolls vibe: David Johansen's definitely on the list..

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Tom Waits

Tom Waits again - never get sick of drawing this guy. Drawn in Sketchbook Pro with a bit of PS for the background. Click on image for larger view...

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Mark E Smith

" Mr Caricaturist-uh!"

Had good fun capturing that great face of The Fall's frontman. Click on for a larger view.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Daniel Sturridge

Hoping he's going to turn it on again for England's next outing in the Euros against Slovakia. Don't care how he dances when he scores, as long as he scores!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Quentin Tarantino

I've tried drawing Mr Tarantino a few times in the past and never felt I got anywhere near a satisfactory take on his features. After a long break and a fresh approach I went with a flat line version and felt a lot better about the result. No doubt there's a more detailed, cross-hatched version 'in there' somewhere but for the present I had to make this intermediary stage to understand how about getting the basics down.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby

Yeeeeeeeeeees! Peaky Blinders back on the small screen! Celebrating with my version of Thomas Shelby as played by Cillian Murphy. I don't want to paint a flat cap again for a loooong time...

Sketchbook Pro + Photoshop

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Johan Cruyff

Total football requires total caricature. My tribute to the late, great soccer star, Johan Cruyff. Great memories of being a kid and watching him dazzle on the field.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok

Travis Fimmel as Norse smiter, Ragnar Lothbrok. Have enjoyed a few episodes of Vikings - a show about extreme Norse farming, as far as I can tell. Seems he'll lick you upside the head just for a nice plot for his carrots.

 Caricature was hacked out on a cintiq and splattered with digital ink in Sketchbook Pro...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

John Grant

Saw John Grant playing live last last night - a pretty darn fine performance, I reckoned. Thought he'd make a good caricature but it took me ages to get the right look. About 80% happy with it.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Lemmy in colour

Thought I'd throw some paint at my recent sketch of Lemmy. Always fun to do some real painting

Acrylic on canvas card: 31cm x 20cm

Original sketch here

Tuesday, 2 February 2016


A recent commission of a sports blogger for a company called Brainify - a Norwegian consultancy firm. My only brief was not to make him look too angry(!) so I slightly softened the attack of his eyebrows. All done in Sketchbook Pro - and an enjoyable one to complete...

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Alan Rickman

That great voice, sadly gone. Despite the hairstyle I gave him, I'm not a Potter Fan - I prefer a Gruber over a Snape.

'Twas fun to try and put something down as fast as possible without getting too hung up on detail.

(Speed-paint in Sketchbook Pro & Ps.)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do...

Very sad start to the day with the news of David Bowie's death. Am posting an old caricature of him from the vaults but I will look to post a fresh tribute to the starman in the near future.

RIP, David.

Monday, 4 January 2016

RIP Lemmy

Regarding the recent departures of musical greats, here's an overdue sketch of Lemmy - saying 'Hi'.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

RIP John Bradbury

Seems like you don't have to be away from the drawing board too long before another musical great is snatched away. This is the first chance I've had to attempt to honour in pixels Specials' drummer John Bradbury.
I remember thinking at about ten years of age, when hearing their album for the first time, that I'd never heard drums sound quite like that before. Check out 'Blank Expression' for a masterclass of rimshots on what soundlike biscuit tins recorded in a fire-escape...but in a good way.

Rush & Belushi Commissions

Geoffrey Rush
(as Captain Barbossa - Pirates of the Caribbean)

Progress pic

John Belushi

First: Happy New Year!

Looking forward to getting some more great faces caught this year - in some format or other. Last year was my quietest year, caricature-wise, thought it wasn't through idleness: just had more non-caricature artwork going on elsewhere.

So, I'm kicking off with a post showing a couple of commissions that were completed at the end of 2015. Both were pencil and paper.

For those interested; I used a Rotring Tikky machine pencil with a 1.0 HB lead (could probably have gone a bit softer/darker) on 220 gsm cartridge paper.  I cleaned up the final images in Photoshop as pencil scans can look a bit messy, but the progress pic of Rush is a good indicator of how they finally turned out..

They were fun to do - hope you like.