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August 21, 2011

Make Someone Smile This Christmas

Do you love making people laugh? Maybe you’re the one who always gives novelty gifts and funny presents? If so, you’re probably a kid at heart. And most likely people love the gifts you give because they’re fun and unusual. So, why not make the people you care about smile this Christmas with personalised caricature gifts?

A fun way to order your cartoon caricature gifts is to send us some photos of family or friends in their favourite holiday outfits. Perhaps you have photos of siblings or cousins playing in the snow? Or maybe you want a family portrait by the Christmas tree? We can do personalised caricatures from any photo you want to send us.

Caricature cartoons can feature one person, or more than one person. We do group custom caricatures too, so feel free to send any photos, even if they feature multiple people. You can use the contact form (under Order Your Cartoon) to send us as many as four different photos for us to use.

All you need to do is tell us a little bit about the people you want in the drawings so that we can make your caricature gifts fit the personalities and styles of the people you are giving them to.

If you need more help deciding what you want, or you still aren’t sure how things work, please feel free to get in touch with us about our caricature cartoons. We’d love to help you create gifts that will make someone laugh this Christmas.

August 17, 2011

Anniversary gifts

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , — Charlie Anson @ 3:01 pm

Customers are always coming up to me a few days before a key anniversary asking for urgent anniversary gifts! Sometimes as close as two days away from the actual event, you get them on the phone, desperate for an original, personal solution, hoping that we have room in the schedule to fit in an emergency commission. And usually, of course, we say yes.

Naturally anniversary gifts are high-stake projects… they’re joyous occasions to celebrate, but equally the slightest faux-pas in representing the two protagonists of the cartoon can lead to a diplomatic disaster. Taking the mickey out of a partner’s habit or tick in a cartoon can be interpreted as affectionate knowledge or as insensitive lampooning. It’s always a fine line with anniversary gifts.

So how do we navigate these difficult waters in so little time? Well, the answer is communication. Constant contact with the customer to discuss the composition, adjust details, run drafts by them etc. We feel what the customer wants to say and develop their vision, but they still have to fine tune these anniversary gifts. After all, they know the subject, and all we have is an email and some photos!

Then it’s all about getting the anniversary gifts there on time! Usually, a date is planned months in advance, the restaurant table is booked, and all that’s left is for the anniversary gifts to be slotted in for the final picture to be perfect. Often we work around the clock and over weekends so that the anniversary gifts are ready and arrive, paint and ink still drying under the mount and glass, to be presented to a glowing partner!

August 16, 2011

Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Filed under: Wedding Caricatures — Tags: , , — Charlie Anson @ 3:15 pm

The funny thing about wedding anniversary gifts is the different shapes and sizes the various candidates come in. Well – not literally – I wouldn’t want to take the mickey out of my customers for their various shapes and sizes… Rather, by this I mean the size of the occasion, the length of the marriage, the intention behind the wedding anniversary gifts themselves.

Sometimes you get the “green” ones – young wives wanting to give their husband of one year their “paper” wedding gifts, now that the storm of the first year of house building and baby making has been weathered with success! Usually, the highlight to reflect back on at that stage is the wedding itself, so we frequently get the wedding photos for this type of wedding anniversary gifts, and are asked to recreate the big day in “cartoon” style.

Then you get the ten-year-anniversary (whatever that one’s called – is it bronze already?), usually depicted as idyllic family scenes, eight to six year olds running around, climbing over the parents now fully integrated into the routine and habits of family life. These wedding anniversary gifts depict the in-jokes and rituals built around life with a new brood: favourite garden hobbies, cartoon characters, the garden trampoline – all of these feature in a rush of colourful chaos.

Then you get the oldies – sorry to put it bluntly my grey haired friends, but that’s you label. Thirty year, fourty, even fifty year wedding anniversary gifts are commissioned from us which show the two partners settled and satisfied, the kids having flown the nest and taken on lives of their own. Activities here are usually of the cooking and gardening variety, with the young upwardly mobile professional kids lending the wedding anniversary gifts their more dynamic side.

August 15, 2011

Family Caricatures For A Going Away Gift

Filed under: family caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 10:11 am

Do you know someone who is moving away? Perhaps someone you know is emigrating or is going to serve in the Army. Or maybe a friend or relative is going away to college. Why not send them off with funny family caricatures as a going away gift?

Caricature portraits are a great keepsake, and a wonderful way for someone to remember his or her loved ones back home. Choose some funny family photos or even some more formal shots to create great cartoons and caricatures that your loved one will treasure all the time they are away from home.

If you need ideas, why not send us a few different photos and ask us for some input? Or, browse our portfolio to see some of the caricature cartoons we’ve done for people in the past. Our professional, high quality drawings will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

And because we base our caricature on photos that you provide, you’ll never see another piece of art like it. Your gift will be truly unique, and something to be treasured.

When you’re ready to order, just click the “Order Your Cartoon” tab on the top right hand site of the web site. Then all you need to do is give us a few ideas for the caricatures you want, fill in the contact information, and attach up to four personal photos for us to review.

Why not get started today on the perfect gift to bring a smile to the face of someone you love?

August 14, 2011

Choosing Anniversary gifts

Filed under: caricature gifts — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 12:57 pm

The point I made about anniversaries being about looking back in order to contemplate the value created by being together – through experiences, kids, the lot – brings me to my next point: if looking back is what these occasions are for, why not get anniversary gifts which precisely serve this purpose?

Rather than being the expensive cherries on the cake, booze and three course meal, your anniversary gifts could be retrospective summaries of a relationship. This is what Charlie’s Cartoons are.

So what else might you get as anniversary gifts? A pet, perhaps? Hmm, tough to make that one a surprise… Such an important anniversary gifts decision is bound to be preceded by long chats about what animals you like, how much time you can both commit, what you’re allergic to and so on. It would be a pretty gutsy move to turn up with a puppy in a box.

But then most anniversary gifts: a tie, a watch, etc  etc, are so bland that you almost feel that you have to “spend your way out of the problem” – i.e. if I spend £300 on my anniversary gifts, then they’re bound to be appreciated. It’s a simple case of economics: cost to me, benefit to you.

Might seem a bit cynical, but if we’re honest, most anniversary gifts are viewed in the perspective of some sort of transaction. This is an event where presents will be given both ways. Unlike birthdays where it’s about an individual, or Christmas where it’s about a group, this is about a two-person exchange.

Differences in how much each person invests in their anniversary gifts will be glaringly obvious. The only thing that can blur the edges of this cynical perspective is getting personal with your anniversary gifts. Making them personalised.

August 10, 2011

Cartoon Caricatures As Anniversary Gifts

Filed under: caricature gifts — Tags: , , — Charlie Anson @ 10:10 am

Are you looking for a great anniversary gift? Whether the couple you have in mind has been married five years or fifty, wedding caricatures make the perfect gift for celebrating their anniversary.

Caricatures make a great gift for a wedding anniversary because they  bring back memories of the couple’s special day, and will probably even make them laugh. Cartoon caricatures are also a great gift because it’s more than likely that no one else will give them the same thing.

Look through some of their wedding photos to get ideas. Who are the key “characters” who should be included in the drawing? Friends? Children? Group caricatures are just as much fun as a cartoon of the bridal couple alone.

Wedding caricatures can include anyone you want from the flower girl and bridesmaids to the parents of the bride. Just be sure to indicate who you want in the drawing when you send us your photos and ideas.

Once you’ve decided on some photos, send them to us along with some thoughts and memories about the couple. You may want to include things like: how long they have been married, their wedding colours and theme, their hobbies and occupations, where they spent their honeymoon, etc.

When we’ve put your ideas together with our own, we’ll let you know what we have in mind. If you like what we describe, then we’ll get started creating the caricature from photos and the other info you’ve given us. And you’ll be well on your way to the perfect anniversary gift, and certainly one that won’t soon be forgotten. Who knows—it might even become a treasured family heirloom some day.

August 9, 2011

Leaving gifts

Filed under: caricature gifts — Tags: , , — Charlie Anson @ 3:13 pm

When someone leaves the office to move on to another job, or to retire, it’s always the same headache: What leaving gifts would be most appropriate for such an occasion? Generic ideas such as a tie, a watch or a voucher for a spa weekend are easy to purchase, but lack the personal feel.

So you’re faced with the question: How could I look into more personal ideas for leaving gifts, without taking too much time out of my busy working week. Of course, ideally, most of us would like to hand over a photo album compiling memories of all the best moments spent together in all those years together at the office.

But let’s be honest: are you really going to spend five hours of your precious weekend hours doing an arts and crafts session, when reports need to be finished, the garden table needs fixing and the mother in law needs a visit? Leaving gifts don’t usually figure highly on the priority list.

Yet without great leaving gifts, once a chapter of your professional life has passed, what is left to commemorate and celebrate the environment that took up 80% of your time over all those years?

It’s worth making leaving gifts personal. But it’s also key that those personal leaving gifts shouldn’t eat up all of your time. The solution? Outsource the creativity! Hand over the personal knowledge and information to a company that can turn it all into the most personal of leaving gifts! Charlie’s Cartoons is such a place: personal, yet efficient. The process won’t take up much of your time, but it will look like you’ve spent an age!

August 5, 2011

Choosing Leaving gifts

Filed under: Leaving gifts — Tags: , , , , — Charlie Anson @ 12:50 pm

When I last surveyed my customers to find out how much they’d be happy to spend on leaving gifts for colleagues – provided those colleagues were very, very important and appreciated and liked, mind – the answer came in at around £5 to £10 per person. Oops, I thought. I’ve set out to create leaving gifts with an average retail price of around £120, and aimed them squarely at the corporate market I’m now surveying, and turns out I’m ten times too expensive. Time to close up shop.

Thankfully, another logic prevailed: Team logic. We’ve worked as a team, so we’ll buy as a team. Indeed, in most companies, leaving gifts are bought together, by a group for an individual. So people chip in. £5 or £10 usually. Make that twelve people, and you’ve got yourself a Charlie’s Cartoon!

After being reassured by this, another point came to light which actually appeared to be to my advantage. For £5 or £10 a head, our customers are getting a pretty big bang for their buck. Along with their fiver, everyone in the office can chip in an opinion or an anecdote which makes the leaving gifts that much more personalised, and then see the fruit of their contribution later on when they see the finished caricature cartoons.

Plus everyone can have a copy of these leaving gifts. If you’re not the person the cartoon was made for you’re not likely to put a copy of it up on your wall, but it’ll usually find its way to the bottom of a drawer or folder to be found years later. And when you do find these leaving gifts again, they bring back even more memories than a photo. Remember when so and so did this, then that happened? It’s all in these leaving gifts. Charlie’s Cartoons sum those years right up.

August 4, 2011

Caricature Pictures – The Perfect Gift

Filed under: caricature gifts — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 9:47 am

Are you looking for a fun, unique gift for someone for their birthday? Or maybe you’re thinking ahead for Christmas? If you want something that’s different, that will really make someone smile or laugh, why not consider custom caricatures?

Caricatures are cartoon portraits based on someone real, usually based on a photo of that person. Here at Charlies Cartoons, we specialize in high quality caricature pictures that make the perfect gift for any occasion.

Here’s how it works: All you have to do is get in touch with us using the Order Your Cartoon Page. Send us a few photos of the person you want a caricature of, and tell us a little bit about them. What is their job? What are their hobbies? Are they married, or do they have pets?

Once we receive your order, we’ll review it and then get back to you with some ideas of our own. We’ll tell you what we have in mind for the drawing. Then you will have the chance to let us know any changes you want to make to our ideas. When you are happy for us to get started, we’ll begin to create the caricature from photos and the other information given.

When the drawing is ready, we’ll invoice you and send you a scanned copy of the caricature so that you can see what it looks like. And voila—you have the perfect gift. Unique, funny, and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

These make great gifts for graduation, retirement, birthdays, and many other occasions.

July 25, 2011

Getting caricature cartoons may be easier than you think

Filed under: cartoon caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 3:00 pm

Like many people, you may well have seen caricature cartoons. Such images often feature in newspaper sketches and magazines and you might have seen street artists selling the creations when you are out and about.

However, you may never have considered getting caricature pictures, whether as a gift or for yourself, because you simply don’t know how to approach the task.

The good news is, getting your perfect personalised caricatures may be much easier than you think. The web has had a major impact on many areas of modern life and this is yet another example.

Here at Charlie’s Cartoons we specialise in providing superb quality caricatures and the process of ordering through us could not be more straightforward. All you have to do is send us a few images of the subject in question. Meanwhile, details of the individuals or stories that feature them should also be provided.

We will then get back to you within 24 hours detailing some ideas for your custom caricatures and, if you like the sound of them, we will make a start. Of course, you can add to and edit these suggestions as you please.

After the process is completed, you should have the ideal caricature pictures, and all without having to venture out of your house to order or pick them up.

So, if you think you could benefit from creations like this, now could be the perfect time to investigate further. The only tricky part is deciding which photos to use.

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