Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gift Caricature for a 21st BDay

This bonny wee lassie loves her horse, her teddy, her black labrador, her fashion style, and... straightening her hair!!!

Painted with ink and acrylics.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gift Caricature for an Irish Pony Clubber

So, yer man is a proud member of the Irish Pony Club, likes tennis, cheating at cards, farming his cows, hunting the fox and has a gash on his right leg he loves showing everyone. What do you get him for his 50th birthday?

Yes indeed, you guessed it, a caricature!

I've started using a bit of acrylic paint because the color comes out looking nice and vibrant.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Caricature for The Mayor!

Anyone from Cork recognize this guy? This was a special commission by a friend of his. A few special touches to notice- The broken finger on his right hand, the shoe coming apart, and the odd trophy in his hand. That's Cork City Hall on the left and the Cork coat of arms on the right. Cool, eh?

Christmas is coming! Order your unique gift caricatures NOW while there's still time!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Brush Shiels Caricature

Done entirely in black and white for a poster...Brush Shiels was the front man in Gary Moore's Skid Row back in the day and still performs around Ireland today!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gift Caricature for a Sudoku fan...

Loads of clues in this one about yer man's hobbies...
Go to to order your gift caricatures for Xmas!

Hi Mark,

Just to let you know the caricature is fantastic! Loved all the detail and likness to Dad was brilliant - especially the eyes
He really liked it and we all had a good laugh with the detail - suduko and esp the pint of Heineken!
It is now hanging up in the kitchen!
So thanks a million - was a fantastic gift to be able to give to him and we really appreciate how quickly you were able to do it

Many thanks

Friday, November 13, 2009

Art by Committee...Bright Eyes

Another fun entry for the monthly art jam on the James Gurney Art Blog!

“He is shorter than I remember, and thin. His fur is grayed to white in a fringe around his head, just below his ears. His coat is dull, thinning, and coarse. His eyes, so bright I…”

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And, Hey! Some cool words from the man himself:

Hi, Mark,
Thanks for doing ABC this month. Your solution is fantastic, and goes to the head of the pack. He looks to me like an old college professor, someone who has spent his career trying to explain obscure theories to students who aren't necessarily listening. His eyes are often tired from reading and he has to keep his glasses in a little alligator skin bag because they won't fit in his pocket. And he's secretly proud of his eyebrows.

I love the way you made the eyes slightly non symmetrical. I've been noticing that more and more in real people, and I'm beginning to think it was the key to Sargent's likenesses.

All the best, and thanks again.

Jim G.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Caricature as a gift for an Army Man!

Yer man's in the army and loves to play golf...

Why not practice yer swing on the battle field and take out a few low flying bombers while you're at it?

Christmas is coming, so get your orders for caricatures in soon!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Caricature for a Surprise 50th!

So, your husband's turning 50, you're throwing a surprise party, and you need invitations that'll make everyone crack up.

Yes, you know who to call...Hehehe...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rugby Gift Caricature

This gift caricature was for a guy whose passions are Irish Rugby and guitar. Cool, eh? Watercolor and ink.

Christmas is coming, so get your orders in now! Go to for more samples and how to order.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weddings at The Rectory in West Cork

You can imagine my surprise when I showed up to draw caricatures at The Rectory in West Cork and was greeted by Michelle, the owner, whose wedding I drew at in Dromoland Castle almost 3 years earlier! In fact, I've been using Michelle and Eoin's caricature pic on my website's front page! The Rectory has an amazing view of the harbor which makes you imagine you've stepped back into some mythical age...Check it out!

Thanks to Donagh Glavin for the pics of me drawing

Friday, September 18, 2009

Man Eating Plant Caricature!

OK, he's actually a science teacher who enjoys gardening...His daughter commissioned this for his retirement party. It's done with colored pencil, pen, and watercolor and matted and framed. Nice, eh?

If you'd like to order one as a gift, contact me with your idea.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Caricatures at Lesley and Padraig's Wedding!

Sometimes the crowd is a little wild and crazy and ready for an amazing caricature time, like at this wedding at the wonderful Radisson, Limerick! It makes my job a treat. Check out Maca and his 2 lovely lady friends. Apparently, they had just met him at dinner and were enjoying each other's company very much!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Carder Method of Painting...

Just stumbled upon this today:

It's a common sense method that takes all the guesswork out of painting realistically. Basically, a shorthand version of the stuff you (should) learn in art school. Always good to get a refresher.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wedding Caricatures for Jenny & Eoin!

A few caricatures from a wedding in the stunning Cromleach Lodge in Sligo. The flower girl made the dj play "Poker Face" about 10 times. Kids love Lady Gaga. Must be her wholesome family image...!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gift Caricature with Limerick Pride!

This gift caricature was a surprise for yer man's 60th birthday. His occupation- Making wax molds of sets of teeth! It's not everyday you get such great material to work with. That's the Limerick flag hanging in the background. Up Limerick!

His wife and daughter came to pick it up and were absolutely delighted. I believe the word "Brilliant!" was the word used...Ah, yes, more happy customers...

Want to commission a caricature for a gift? Contact me!

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Special Gift Caricature...

Well, I'm back from a great vacation in the UK...First, Brighton (Mega Party Town), then London where we saw the J.M.Waterhouse Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Everyone has seen his paintings in reproduction, and it was very interesting to see them up close in person. Hmmm, maybe I'll try my own hand at some "Maidens with that Faraway Look" painting...

Here's a big 10 person caricature I completed recently- It's a gift from the Best Man. That's him in the front doing the Haka with another buddy. Want to commission a caricature for a gift? Contact me!

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Wedding Caricatures for Diane and Andre!

A few of the caricatures drawn at the lovely Blackwater Castle in Cork...Check out "Tom and Alice"...They laughed hysterically when I showed it to them- And every time they showed it to their friends for the next 3 hours! Click on a pic to big it up!