A realistic portrait as a promotional idea that can be constantly adapted throughout the year.
This illustration was for an opera singer residing in Germany. He is going to use it as a promotional device throughout the year, adding different elements for each occasion or theme. I think it’s a brilliant idea and imagine his clients will enjoy receiving these postcards.
Working from different photos and my imagination, we constructed a more smiley expression and ended up with a good likeness. The main thing of course with a portrait is always that the client likes it and this portrait was a success as far as that was concerned.
Although portraits are something I’ve done since boarding school, it’s always scarey until the final moment. Another very on-the-edge thing I’ve done was a three-hour-long stint as a pencil caricaturist at a launch for Fair Lady some years ago. That went off rather well too… in a sense I miss the excitement of that. Mmmm. Blog turns into meditation turns into insight and – Action.
Have pencils, will advertise. Meanwhile, if you need a portrait of yourself or a loved one, or even a caricature, do contact me.
When the budget needs to go to the bone… stick figures come into their own.
There was a new job involving the supervision of schools from my client for a certain African country north of here; but the budget was smaller than usual. So she came up with the novel idea of doing stick figures and because she was laughing, I thought she was joking.
It worked quite well and her clients were very happy because even stick-people can convey a concept, emotions, frustrating situations… Some of the frustrating situations appear in the first three pics – the disruption of a schoolday by lots of cars full of officials arriving, with everyone rushing to ‘make nice’; the intrusion into schooltime by socialising with the officials while the children do no learning; the distraction during classes by the Visitors.
Other images show the various types of schools found there, and though some are humbler than others, all can be well-run.