About Me

My photo

Originally from Manchester, UK. 10 years in New Zealand, currently residing in Melbourne.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sonny Bill Williams colour caricature, nearly done!

I've been itching to colour-in my SBW sketch and the holidays are providing that opportunity, at least in between Lego, playing Littlest Pet Shop and building Thomas Train sets! I've been struggling with the forest of arms attempting to wrestle him to the ground, I might throw a few more in for good measure. Another challenge has been his tattoo, but now I've started to add colour it's starting to look mean and menacing.

Also had time to do a quick sketch of a horizontal Jo Rokockocookoco! 

Check my other blog next week with more from my back catalogue:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Colin Meads and Jonah Lomu pencil sketches

Again, not much time for rugby caricatures this week. I've had a real rush on commisions in the run in to chrimbo. So a dip into the archives for some old school pencil sketches. All All Blacks, spot the stray Aussie!


Colin Meads

Chris Jack

Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins

Richie McCaw

Stirling Mortlock

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sonny Bill Williams has eyeballs as big as your head son!!!

At 2 metres tall I thought my recent sketch of Dan Carter was big. Well now Sonny Bill Williams has topped that and is twice the size, I had to take the canvas size to 400cm by 300cm which I'm assuming is quite big for a digital sketch. 

As for the title of this blog, my 4 year old came and asked me who I was drawing so I told him and showed him my sketch. Thing is, if he ever sees SBWin real life he's going to be completely unimpressed to find his eyeballs aren't quite the same size as his head!

This is, more or less, the size of my son's head!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dan Carter again!

Had a wee bit of artists block this week with the composition of a commission. So whilst I've been trying to work that out I've not had much time to stay on target. So instead of new work here's some older stuff.

Dan Carter
Richie McCaw

Tana Umaga

More new stuff in 2 weeks. Watch out for my other blog next week at:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dan Carter

This time next year the Rugby World Cup of 2011 will be done and dusted, consigned to the history books. And what will I be left with? Fame? Local perhaps. Fortune? That would be Outrageous! Even if I'm still in my 'same old, same old' office job at least I'll have a two and a half metre tall Dan Carter that's what!!! 

Yup, went and drew me a Big ol' Dan Carter 1.68 metres wide and 2.38 metres tall. Whether New Zealand win the Webb Ellis or not, NZ female rugby fans and those the world over (and probably some male ones too) would love a giant Dan! Here he is in minature for now:
And rosey cheeked!

I also completed colouring in the 90's All Black front row, Craig Dowd being the last to get crayola-ed.

More again in two weeks. I'll be sketching at Frank Kitts market, Wellington this Saturday for those in the area. Take a look at my other blog too if you fancy:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Graham Henry and other animals

Hectic last couple of weeks. In a nut shell:
Smiling goats, 7 army cadets and there ammunitions trainer, a retiring jacobean Theatre empressario (!) and the following bunch of deep thinkers. Oh and a new iMac for me!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Olo Brown in colour and Martin Johnson

First time I've missed my target of 3 black and whites and a colour caricature but all in a good cause. I've been busy on a commission drawing a smiling goat for a business logo! I'll publish the result of that wee job on my other blog next week at:
Anyway, enjoy my colour Olo Brown and Martin Johnson from the waist up. Also included an actual size detail of his eyes. I'll finish him and the rest of the All Blacks front row by my next blog in a couple of weeks.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Olo Brown, Sean Fitzpatrick and Craig Dowd

I'm keeping pace with my self inflicted target of 3 caricatures every couple of weeks, along with making one of them colour. I've gone with arguably the best All Black front row, at least that's what my shallow research on t'internet says!

My earliest memories of rugby are of the invincible All Blacks popping over to the northern hemisphere and feasting on the English, Irish and Scottish! I'm sure these three looked a bit more fiercesome than I've portrayed them. Maybe they've just ploughed their way through a Welsh ruck, and I should put in some battered and bruised Davieseses, Joneseses and Dafffyyds! Below then is a Welsh eye view of Sean Fitzpatrick, gives an idea of the scale of my pics too.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Victor Matfield and Sterling Mortlock and a partially coloured Brian O'Driscoll.

Here's a close up of beautiful Victor . . .

. . . and one of him in line out mode.
Also had a crack at Sterling Mortlock . . .

And my coloured effort for the week (not quite finished).
He needs a bit more of the leprechaun in him I think but technically I'm chuffed with it so far.

I'll be at the Upper Hutt Spring Fair on Saturday 11 September, if you fancy a quickie! 
More here in a couple of weeks.

Monday, August 23, 2010

100 caricatures in a year

This blog was inspired by a readers poll in my local free paper The Capital Times, Wellington, NZ. The poll asked readers, "Should Wellington City Council spend $350,000 on a sculpture for the rugby world cup?" the result was quite resounding with 4% saying 'Yes' and 96% saying 'You must be dreamin'!' I responded as follows:

'So with a little over a year left to the world cup, as a semi professional caricaturist this is what I could do with the $350,000 they are going to spend on a sculpture. In those 52 or so weeks I could poduce 100, A3 sized, full colour caricatures of rugby legends. My salary for the year would be $60,000 plus say a generous printing and advertising budget of $10,000. The remaining $280,000 could go to community projects. There could be an exhibition of these caricatures launched to coincide with the world cup, where prints of the caricatures could be sold. The profits from the caricatures could be split between myself and more community projects. As Hot Chocolate once sang, 'Everyone's a winner baby!'

So this blog will follow my journey over the next year or so. I won't be able to complete 100 colour caricatures; a full time job and 2 kids under five will eat into my time a fair bit! However I reckon on doing 3 caricatures, one full colour, every couple of weeks. Here's the first batch. Enjoy and visit again soon.

Jonny Wilkinson

Brian O'Driscoll

Richie McCaw