This evening I drove across the High Peaks in Derbyshire, through the mist and fog to a private venue for a 40th Birthday party, celebrated in a James Bond theme. I must say there were some stunning dresses worn and smart bow ties too! The crowd were friendly and up for a laugh, so the evening was great fun.
Tonight I ventured to London to entertain at my first Christmas Party of the season. I drew caricatures for Mediacom (Sky) at Icebar off Regents Street, which was a great setting for an Xmas party. Much fun was had, many free cocktails were enjoyed and yes, I wore my fur coat and thermal long johns!
This week I was proud to be awarded Best Wedding Entertainer in the East Midlands, Wedding Industry Awards. Competing against other Caricaturists and Magicians, my past customers voted me to the top of the polls. I am now officially the best idea at your wedding; Award winning caricaturist!
I was overjoyed when my old university DMU asked me to lecture their animation students about caricatures, though a little scared! I was sure the students would know more about my subject than I did, so I spent a few days researching the basics; history, meanings, usage and contemporaries in the caricature world. I managed to put together a 78 slide lecture, covering how to see a caricature, how to create a caricature and the history of caricature, interlaced with demonstrations and volunteers to be drawn.
After much preparation, the day came and I made my way to the stunning Hugh Aston building, with my laptop and my drawing board, to be greeted by a handful of weary students. Numbers were a little disappointing, but I managed to keep them entertained for a good 90 minutes, followed by more drawing and Q&A.