Drawing in the style of Hirschfeld

This week I got a strange/fantastic commission from a client in New York City. A band needed some new headshots with a twist. They needed their headshots done as caricatures, BUT in the style of my favourite caricaturist of all time. He happens to be a chap by the name of Al Hirschfeld. (Sorry Ed Steckley).

I have a huge file of everything he's ever drawn sitting in my studio. I take it out and flick through it any time I want to hate myself a lot.

On this occasion, however, I needed it as a reference.

The reference photos were sent through (below)


The next step was to analyse Hirschfeld's style all day (tough job but someone's gotta do it) and try and emulate him. It was only after an hour that I realised there's no way anyone can truly emulate his style. His choices are genuinely genius. It's more about what 'not' to include than what to include. My final artwork included WAY too many lines, and certainly nothing as wild as his compositions, but I think it did the trick for what the client wanted. Here's how they turned out:


I just completed another commission for another pair of musicians in Las Vegas in a similar style:

National Cartoonists Society Manhattan Chapter Holiday Party


As per tradition, the Manhattan Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society had their annual holiday party at the Society of Illustrators on the weekend; a full room of scribblers from all over New York and surrounding states downing copious volumes of booze and cracking wise all night long.

The very talented Mike Cavallaro designed the holiday artwork (above), which was then signed by all in attendance and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The money goes towards future chapter events.

Ed Steckley was awarded the “Tim Rosenthal Award for Volunteerism." It’s given to an NCS member that goes "above and beyond" for their chapter. As well as the framed certificate (thanks Guy Gilchrist!) he received a well-earned bottle of whiskey with a hand-drawn label by Berndt Toast Gang (Long Island Chapter) Chairman, Adrian Sinnott. It was gone within the hour.





Drawing on the Lenovo Yoga Book

screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-2-27-49-pm This week I was drawing live caricatures on the Lenovo Yoga Book.

I had high hopes for this product, as it has Wacom integrated technology in the pen, and the 'any pen' feature was pretty exciting. However, it still pales in comparison to its competitors. There is definitely an entry-level aspect to this product, but I wouldn't recommend it for fellow live artists... I think it needs to go back to the drawing board.

Speaking of which! Here are a few scribbles from the last couple of days... You draw on the pad and it comes up on the screen - same as "live mode" on the Wacom Bamboo Folio/Slate series.














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Taking a Spell After 12 Years

Photo by Kerry-Ann Brown at Victoria/Tasmania chapter meeting before I left for the US. For the last 12 years I've had the privilege of serving on the board of the Australian Cartoonists' Association in various capacities; as WA Vice President, National Deputy President and President. This year I've decided to step aside and make way for some new blood.

It's a great club full of wonderful people. I'm very lucky to be part of it. Very best of luck to the new board and congrats on another successful Stanley Awards Weekend. Well done to all the winners!