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May 10, 2011

Caricatures for a fun gift

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 11:45 am

Caricature portraits are considered a fun thing these days, especially personalised caricatures which focus on a persons traits and characteristics which are enhanced in the portrait. But if you look at the history of caricatures they were often used in a more serious way, when satirists drew personalised caricatures of politicians and members of the Royal Family.

These were more than often grotesque images which were used to attack individuals whose actions and policies were hated by the masses. They are still used in this way today, particulary by cartoonists such as Steve Bell, who has spent the last thirty years mocking British politicians from all parties, as well as other public figures, in the Guardian newspaper.

Some of his most popular work has been family caricatures depicting the Queen and her offspring, and it has been said that if Bell were around two hundred years ago he would have been hanged for treason due to the nature of some of his caricature portraits.

While this form of art is still a powerful tool for satirists, many people like to give personalised caricatures from photos as presents for friends and family, and if you are thinking of doing this, then you should look at the examples on the Charlie’s Cartoons website.

Whatever the occasion may be, either a birthday, wedding or an anniversary, caricatures make the perfect gift as they are unique to the person who will receive them. They are also a fun way to capture your own family, so why not consider having family caricatures drawn by an expert artist?

May 2, 2011

Stuck for gift ideas so choose caricatures

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 11:32 am

We all know what it is like when we are stuck for ideas for a birthday present for a friend. We think about all the usual things and then dismiss them for one reason or another, usually because the friend in question already has the item you were thinking about giving them.

If this sounds familiar, then why not consider something which is different from the norm and is guaranteed to be a welcome gift? All you will need is a photo of your friend, and you are on the way to presenting them with a caricature of themselves, drawn by a professional artist which will delight your friend when they receive it. If you like this idea, you may want to take it further and have caricatures of yourself and your family and once again, all you have to do is supply the pictures and the artist will be able to draw a caricature from photos of your family members.

Caricature cartoons are also popular when it comes to portraying your favourite pop stars or actors, in fact, when it comes to caricature gifts you can let your imagination run riot and have just about anyone or anything portrayed in caricatures.

If you like the idea of humorous caricature gifts, have a look at the Charlies Cartoons website and see for yourself the fantastic scope for this unique present. Whatever the occasion, birthdays, wedding, anniversaries, caricature cartoons will make the day that little bit more special. And if it is a last minute present, it’s possible to recieve your caricatures within 48 hours!

April 21, 2011

Celebrate your family holiday with personalised caricatures

The family holiday. It is a long standing tradition that many people still manage to uphold, despite the chaotic and busy nature of modern life. After all, such occasions represent one of the few chances for people to get together and spend some quality time with one another.

Often, plenty of photographs are taken of these events. Indeed, whole albums might be filled with shots of dad looking sunburned, children splashing around in the pool and mum desperately trying to get some rest and relaxation.

However, often these all-important snaps are put away in drawers only to be taken out every once in a while. Indeed, these days the images are sometimes not printed out at all but rather uploaded to albums on computers instead.

If you are keen to break the trend and create a proper memory from your trip, you might want to consider caricature cartoons. These fantastic creations are able to encapsulate many elements of your break all in one picture. The details of the composition are up to you and they depend on the photos and information you supply us with.

By having family caricatures of you all on holiday, you are ensuring the most important memories from your adventure are not forgotten. Indeed, when mounted and framed, these personalised caricatures make great features in living rooms and other places in your home.

We all know that children grow up far too fast and having caricature pictures of them on holiday is one way of immortalising particular stages of their development, and of keeping a record of the activities you did together.

April 14, 2011

Personalised caricatures make statements in homes

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 4:11 pm

Like many people, you might feel quite house proud. After all, your property is in many ways a reflection of you and your family and so you want it to come across as well as possible. Not only this, but you probably spend a lot of time there, so it is important that you enjoy the space and feel comfortable in it.

One aspect of this is the decor you select and the artwork you put on the walls. However, sometimes, it can be difficult to get inspiration when it comes to such things.

Well, one option you might not have considered that not only looks great but is also highly original and a real feature is that of personalised caricatures. These novel images can really enhance the rooms they are placed in and are bound to attract the attention and admiration of any guests you have over.

Here at Charlie’s Cartoons, we specialise in making caricature pictures from the photos and information supplied to us by our customers. So, if you would like an image of your spouse, children or anyone else, you have come to the right place.

You can represent a funny anecdote using custom caricatures or highlight people’s personality traits, interests and experiences – the choice is yours. Indeed, you have considerable control over the caricature cartoons we create for you.

We will get back to you with any ideas we have and you can change or edit these as you please. Then, the creation is drafted in pencil, followed by Indian ink and then shading. You also get to choose how it is mounted and framed. This means you can get the perfect visual statement for your home.

April 9, 2011

A wedding offering with a twist

Attending the wedding of friends or family members can be a fantastic experience. These romantic occasions often have a magical feel about them and you get to share in one of the happy couple’s most memorable days.

However, you might sometimes find yourself in a panic ahead of such events because you are unsure what to get as a gift for the pair. This can be particularly tricky if there is no list for you to choose from. In such circumstances, you might benefit from considering personalised caricatures.

These are truly original and thoughtful offerings that will almost certainly be unlike anything else the newlyweds receive. The great thing about these wedding caricatures is that unlike the official photo album that will just focus on the big day itself, such custom caricatures can incorporate details from events stretching back in time.

You might choose to include references to how and where the pair first met and certain important parts of their journey from this point to their decision to get hitched.

All you need to do is supply a couple of photos and the information you want us to focus on – then simply let our imaginations get to work creating your caricature from photos.

You might well find that the present you give to the bride and groom ends up taking pride of place in their home. Surely that’s better than handing them a toaster! To find out more about our caricature cartoons simply browse our website or get in touch. You might be surprised by how straightforward the process is.

April 4, 2011

Mark that special occasion with cartoon caricatures

We live in the age of the digital camera. Snaps taken in this way can be great, but there is something slightly impersonal about many of them. Not only this, but often these images are kept on computers rather than being printed out and physically stored.

When it comes to special occasions, this can be a great shame. So, if you are in the process of organising an event such as an important birthday, an anniversary or anything else you think deserves extra attention, you might want to think about commissioning cartoon caricatures. Indeed, you can take advantage of such services even if the occasion has already been and gone.

All you need to have your ideal custom caricatures made is a couple of pictures from the big day. By sending these into us here at Charlie’s Cartoons, along with some information about the people involved and the day itself, you can rest assured you will get a composition that more than does the event justice.

Personalised caricatures are ideal as a way of marking these episodes in life because of their ability to get so much detail into a relatively small space.  They can encapsulate something of the personalities of the subjects, as well as the occurrences of the day. This is something other types of image simply cannot achieve.

To find out more about caricature pictures, have a look around our website or get in touch. You might be surprised by what can be achieved using a little talent, imagination and of course ink.

March 21, 2011

Are your kids bored of portrait photography?

There are few things kids hate more than getting dressed up in their Sunday best, having their hair done and faces fussed over, and then having to sit for a family portrait. Mum and dad will treasure these pictures for years to come but the kids (especially boys) rarely see them as anything more than an embarrassment and a chore.

One things kids do love is cartoons. Having cartoon caricatures made instead of studio photo portraits is not only something different, the results are far more interesting to the younger members of the family. Even the rowdiest of small boys are usually delighted to be included in family caricatures even if it’s close to impossible to get them to stop making faces at the camera under normal circumstances.

You don’t have to get a special photograph taken, although you can if you want to. Caricature photos should show each member of the family at their best, doing what they like most, or you can simply choose a few photos from the family album. As long as we can get a really good idea of the individual features of each member of the group we can create great family caricatures.

Cartoon caricatures can show the characteristics of each family member individually, and provide a very good record of what hobbies the kids had and what mum and dad were doing at the time it was made. They are perfect snapshots of the family unit- their likes and dislikes, their interests and their passions. And they are so much more fun than plain old photo portraits!

March 15, 2011

Getting the best results from custom caricatures

Filed under: custom caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 1:21 pm

The great strength of caricature portraits as an art form (aside from the fun and good humour they embody) is the way they can show so much of an individual’s personality in a single frame. A photograph can illustrate and record a single aspect of a person, a single activity, a single situation. A caricature can go so much further.

We can include information about a hobbies and interests in custom caricatures. We can capture someone’s favourite outfit or a facial expression that is unique theirs. We can show their role in the workplace or the home and celebrate it. Personalised caricatures are always the best and they can go far beyond what the subject looks like.

Two people have input to custom caricatures. There’s the artist, who draws the cartoon, but there is also the one who supplies the photos and the information that goes into the artwork. In order to create the funniest, warmest, and most accurate caricature portraits we need to get to know the subject and for that we need your help.

That doesn’t mean meeting them. We’re more than happy to create a caricature from a photo. Do choose the photo wisely though. It should show the person as you want them drawn. Look through your picture collection and find a handful, preferably taken from different angles. Pick those that best sum up what you love about the caricature subject.

It’s also helpful if you can tell us something about them. Let us know what they like doing with their spare time and what makes them laugh. If they have a habit of raising a sceptical eyebrow or covering their mouth when they giggle, do tell us so we can integrate all that information into one great caricature.

March 9, 2011

Celebrate your holidays with personalised caricatures

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 1:14 pm

Family holidays should be celebrated. It’s often those memories that are the most precious. On holiday the whole family is together, enjoying themselves and getting along, seeing new sights and taking part in new and exciting activities. They are the times we look forward to more than any other and the times we remember most fondly when they’ve passed.

Personalised caricatures are a great way of recording a holiday. A photo will only show one moment (and one person will almost always be behind the camera, not taking part in the fun) but cartoons and caricatures can capture all the best bits of the whole holiday and combine them into one picture.

Perhaps the youngest son found a crab in a rockpool while the eldest took a windsurfing lesson. If you ask mum, the highlight of the holiday might have been the fancy restaurant dinner on the last night, while dad could have preferred reading the paper in his deck chair and having a relaxed snooze in the sun. All those elements and many more can be combined into a single picture through the magic of personalised caricatures.

We love creating family caricatures from holiday pictures and the stories that go along with them. The process is a lot of fun for us and at the end, you’ll get the perfect record of all your favourite holiday moments. Being able to put that special cartoon on the wall will make sure nobody in the family can forget what a great time they had together.

March 2, 2011

Getting caricatures done together

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 1:13 pm

Caricature pictures make wonderful surprise gifts but there is also some value in deciding to get one made as a couple. Sure, you miss out on the element of surprise (unlike a photographic studio portrait, it’s possible to create a caricature from photos you already have in your album – make copies and nobody need know that a personal caricature is on the way), but there is a positive side.

In order to help us draw the finest caricatures possible, you have to decide what elements you’d like in the picture. If you were ordering a cartoon portrait of a loved one you might ask for something specific to be included. We can use a favourite set of golf clubs, an aquarium of tropical fish, a best dress, or a beloved pet as an element in the picture. That goes for single portraits and couples. Getting caricature pictures made as a couple gives you an excuse to sit down and work out what the most important things in the relationship are. What is it you love about one another? What do you enjoy doing together?

Special memories can also be included in caricatures. We can include a detail from the place you met or the restaurant where he proposed. You can be drawn in a tropical jungle or in front of a New York cityscape as a reminder of a wonderful holiday you took together. Commissioning a caricature from photos is also the perfect excuse to sit down together and look through your collection of pictures.

A caricature of the two of you together is a celebration of your relationship, but simply getting one done together will bring you closer and remind you of all the good times you’ve had as a couple.  So go on, try caricature gifts for your next special occasion.

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