Thursday 30 June 2011

Brand New Gift Caricatures

Hi everyone!  I have been pretty busy lately working on gift caricatures for birthdays and anniversary's and such-like. They're really fun to do and I have had some amazing reactions and feedback from my customers.

Here are a few of them - one of them has been sent out to the US and I have been waiting to post these up here!  The nude couple was a 60th birthday present and was so much fun (as you can imagine) to draw!

Anyway, lemme know what you think to them!

Till next time...
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Tuesday 28 June 2011

Wedding Caricature Guest Signing Pic

It was my sister-in-law's wedding at the weekend and having already designed their invites, I also bought along a framed wedding caricature as a gift.  The good bit was getting the guests to sign the mount of the caricature so they have messages from their closest friends and family surrounding their pic! Here's some photo's taken by Photographer Jenny Swann!

Friday 24 June 2011

Gaddafi Speed Painting

Here is my first attempt at a speed painting video.  The image took about 45 mins to create.  Any feedback on length etc is gratefully received.  I created this using iShowU and iMovie which was really easy to use. Anyway, here's Gadaffi. What a face!

Thursday 23 June 2011

Gadaffi Caricature

Finally got round to finishing this.  I have had a bout of man flu this week and haven't been sleeping well so thought I may as well use my time productively!

He might be a bit mental, but he's got a cracking face to caricature!  I have also recorded my process of making this and will post the speed video tomo.

Wedding Caricatures Short Clip

Here's a short video clip from my booking last weekend. I had such a good evening and was totally rushed off my feet.  The guests were brilliant (that's how this got filmed) and the Bride and Groom were lovely!!


In fact, they wrote me a cracking review!!  I love drawing caricatures at weddings - it's quite a privilege helping to make someone's day special. 

latest review on


I have had two fantastic review's on Freeindex for my booking last week.  These are from guests too, can't wait to see the Bride and Groom's!

First one...

"Fantastic highly recommend Mark for any party he is also a good laugh and the drawings are brilliant...You will not be disappointed and value for money!! Go on book him ...Can't praise him enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Lin & Shaun Gibson.

Second one...

"I would definitely recommend Beefy's Caricatures, Mark is a very nice guy and very talented, Thank you for my picture, I love it x"  Danielle Ward

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Taschen book of portraits

Hi all! As some of you know, I have been working as a freelance illustrator, alongside my caricaturing for the last 12 years.  My work was featured in Illustration NOW! 3 last year, and has now been published in Illustration Now! Portraits.

not sure who did the cover, but here are my pages!

Also, I really need more followers as 6 is a bit low, so any help with that would be lovely!

Friday 17 June 2011

Gaddafi caricature start...

Evening all!

Well, my final date at work is fast approaching (last Friday of July) and I will soon be returning to relying on freelance work and caricature related earnings.  I am a little apprehensive but also really really REALLY excited!!!!

My plan to keep focused is to post regularly on this blog, as well as creating a couple of other creative blogs too.  I am also hoping to complete a new studio caricature each week for my website gallery.

Now things have slowed down a bit at work, I managed to knock out a quick doodle of Muammar Gaddafi.  I am going to work this up in to a final image and will keep you posted!

Friday 3 June 2011

Beefy meets Barry McGuigan

Hi folks!

Wowee! I've been neglecting my poor blog since March! Well, my final marketing exam is on Wednesday and then only about a month left at work before I am finally free to work on my caricatures and illustrations full-time!

Well, earlier on today I got to meet one of my childhood hero's - Barry Mguigan and presented him with a framed caricature! 

I was really nervous standing in line, but he seemed to like it! (phew!!).

Anyhow, here's a photo and the caricature!

Until next time, keep smiling!