Sunday, 25 September 2022

John Lydon Caricature

 Public Image Ltd and Sex Pistols main man, John Lydon.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Madonna Caricature

Madonna: 2022 model.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo.

Carl Sagan Caricature

The mighty Carl Sagan. I loved Cosmos. Although as a Brit I really should swear fealty to Patrick Moore, Sagan was modern and relatable and produced a brilliant FX-laden series that made for classic eighties TV: learning made fun.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo.

Lee Krasner Caricature

Face mash of abstract expressionist painter, Lee Krasner.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo.

Gustav Klimt Caricature

 Dr Gustav and Mr Klimt

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Joseph Beuys Caricature

Portrait of the artist, Joseph Beuys

Tools: Pen, paper & pixels

David Mamet Caricature


Portrait of David Mamet

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Jack Kerouac Caricature


Portrait of Beat writer, Jack Kerouac

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Renoir caricature

 Portrait of painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Jeff Bridges Caricature

The Dude abides! Portrait of Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey Lebowski.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Sam Elliott Caricature


Sam Elliott portrait

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Jean Renoir Caricature


Portrait of French film director, Jean Renoir

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Jean-Paul Belmondo Caricature


Jean-Paul Belmondo portrait

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Tony Dalton Caricature


Tony Dalton, AKA, Better Call Saul's Eduardo 'Lalo' Salamanca.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Chet Atkins Caricature


The country Gentleman.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Lionel Messi Caricature - take 2!


Old School Messi! I did ‘the deadly’ and revisited an old painting I’d created and ‘modernised’ it. Took it from about 50% happy to about 87% 🙄😅. Swipe for close-up and progress.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Caricature of Justin Hawkins


“Juuuustin Hawkins rides a-gaaaain….” Caricature of said guitarist and vocalist for the bands The Darkness and Hot Leg. Don’t let the bell’s end!
Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Ludwig Wittgenstein Caricature

Caricature of deep thinking dude, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Unlike most philosophers—and most people—he really got out there and lived. Somehow, while fighting as an officer at the front line in the First World War and getting heavily decorated for exceptional heroism, he managed to find time to scribble what was to become one of his seminal works, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Talk about time management!

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Monday, 20 December 2021

Robbie Shakespeare Caricature


A pictorial In Memoriam to the late great bass player and producer, Robbie Shakespeare. Lending his talents to such a wide range of songwriters, his could very well be the one name that features the most in the credits of my record collection. RIP.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Pro

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Mike Nesmith Caricature

Farewell and RIP to the woolly-chapeau’d, mutton-chopped Monkee, Mike Nesmith. Went a bit OTT with that fringe!

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Broken Wacom Cintiq 21ux Stylus? Maybe This Will Help

Just wanted to make a post here that may be relevant to somebody and get them out of a hole.

Recently, my Wacom Cintiq stylus (itself a replacement for my broken original) started to ‘miss’ certain operations on the screen before getting steadily worse until it was finally just a useless stick of plastic. It seemed obvious straight away that it wasn’t a digital problem, i.e.; changed settings, etc., as the problem was one of decline rather than going from working to suddenly not. The problem must’ve been analogue and within the stylus itself.

As anyone who’s replaced a stylus knows they’re not cheap—my stylus model coming in at £100–so it was with a sinking feeling that I had to consider buying a third one. Of course, I would also have to ‘down-tools’ and not do any more work till a new one was delivered.

So, feeling I had little to lose, I started to see if I could strip the thing down and spot an obvious problem. By this point I didn’t care about voiding some manufacturer’s warranty by taking it apart; there seemed little likelihood I would be posting it off to be repaired.

The upshot is that I did discover an obvious problem: a connection failure where a wire had completely come away from a soldered connection. With some frustratingly fiddly soldering I managed to reconnect the wire. I did have to do this more than once due to re-breaking the connection while trying to re-assemble the parts, but finally managed to complete it and have a working stylus once more. So far it’s been trouble-free for about three weeks.

So, if you’re experiencing similar issues and don’t mind running the risk of doing some surgery (there’s always a risk of breaking a healthy connection or damaging the board through heavy handling) then it may save you money, time and heartache. However, the process I used to fix my problem was for an older Wacom Cintiq 21UX: what other models are like I have no idea.

Therefore if you swipe the images you will see I’ve tried to lay out and show the problem I had so you could attempt the same fix.

Good luck!

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Noel Gallagher Caricature


A face-mash of Oasis and High Flying Birds' singer song-writer and guitarist, Noel Gallagher.

Tools: Sketchbook Pro + Affinity Photo.