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November 24, 2011

Preserving memories when you do not have photos

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 3:17 pm

Photographs are by far the easiest and most common way of preserving a special memory so it can be treasured forever and also shared with friends. Despite the fact that digital cameras are now carried by anyone who uses a smartphone, sometimes the best and funniest moments are impossible to capture on film. They might be unexpected and gone in an instant, like the sighting of golden eagle on a mountain walk, or happen in places where photography is tricky – in the water or at a concert, for example.

While we usually create caricatures from photo sources, there is a lot more to a great cartoon than just reproducing a single image. We can bring in elements from multiple photos or (with a little help from you) draw something that perfectly represents that wonderful moment you didn’t quite manage to capture on film. It might be your loved one catching a perfect wave on the local surf beach or a holiday sunset that the photos just didn’t do justice to – whatever memories you want preserved, we can help.

A caricature cartoon can reflect a single moment in time or it can sum up a year or a decade. It’s hard to find a single photograph that captures all the ups and downs of an entire career, for example, but pen and ink can do a superb job. By building a caricature from photo sources and from descriptions and discussions, we can make sure you get something that brings to mind all those precious moments every time you see it.

November 19, 2011

Christmas card caricatures

Christmas cards are usually gorgeous items to send to friends and family. Whether depicting traditional nativity scenes, snowy landscapes or cute festive icons such as snowmen, robins, pine trees and Father Christmas, there is always a huge choice. However, why not try something a little bit different for certain members of your circle this year?

If you want to impress your friends, colleagues, and distant family members with something special this holiday season, we’ve got the ideal solution. A cartoon caricature can be framed and hung on the wall but the image can also be used for other things. They make excellent Christmas cards.

A caricature from photos can include all the family, including those who live far away. Imagine your auntie’s delight in finding that she has been included in this year’s family portrait even though she’s moved all the way out to Australia! The pets can be there too and we can also include motifs that reflect what you’ve been up to all year long – the achievements the kids have made at school, images from your home or garden, the holidays you’ve taken together, and much more.

With our help you can send out a Christmas card that will be a delight to open. Caricatures from photo images are completely personal and always good fun. If you want to send a card that will be saved and kept rather than ending up in the recycling bin, get in touch with Charlie today and order your caricature in plenty of time for the holiday season.

November 1, 2011

6 uses for a caricature cartoon

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 2:47 pm

A caricature cartoon can be so many different things. Each one captures something different and makes a unique statement- and that can be anything you want it to be. Here are just a few ways people have used Charlie’s art:

1. Wedding anniversary gifts. We can make a single caricature from photos taken over the course of a whole year, recording and celebrating all the great things that have happened to a couple.

2. Retirement presents. What better way to applaud years of service than with an affectionate, cheerful cartoon? A photo of a person sitting at a desk can’t show just how much they meant to the company but a hand-drawn, lovingly crafted picture can.

3. Business cards. If you want people to be interested in your business cards they need to be different. With a personalised image drawn by Charlie your card can be engaging and memorable.

4. Corporate art. Offices don’t have to be boring and nor do business websites. Charlie works with companies that want to promote a friendly, helpful image and a reputation for thinking outside the box.

5. Welcoming family portraits. Caricatures from photos are great for adding a touch of warmth to a home. Visitors seeing an image of a happy, friendly family will be put at their ease and friends will be delighted and amused.

6. Stag gifts. A cartoon can be the perfect way to commemorate the end of bachelorhood. A group portrait of all the groom’s friends will make sure they’re not forgotten as he settles into marital bliss.

October 7, 2011

Caricatures Make an Emotional Investment

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 4:18 pm

I often get repeat customers coming back to order caricatures up to a year after their last order. The caricatures business is one that builds up a solid following, but it’s nothing quick-fire! It’s not like we’re selling doughnuts or contact lenses here. Caricatures are bought as a gift, and then if that gift goes down well, people think of the idea again a few months down the line, when the next birthday or wedding pops up.

Just this morning I had a couple of caricatures ordered for a birthday. The order was placed by a customer who had ordered a caricature for a wedding over a year ago, in August. It’s always funny when a familiar name pops up in your email list… You try to think: when did we last do caricatures for this client. You try to match a name to an idea, a composition… then , when that fails, I run a search through our caricatures archive, to put a name to a face. So,, who are you… oh yes that’s right, you’re married to that woman flying through the air on a magic carpet, dressed as Princess Jasmin and holding a giant blackberry. That’s the one!

That’s when it’s fun for me to take a trip down memory lane and re-visit old orders. Every single caricatures order represents an emotional investment, so it’s always funny to go back and see these caricatures, and to wonder what those caricatures have lived through since they were made: How many people have seen them, smiled, laughed…

June 15, 2011

The History of Caricatures

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 12:16 pm

Although we are used to seeing caricature cartoons in friend’s and relatives homes these days – and our own homes as well, of course – there was a time when caricature portraits were used as a means of attacking politicians and other establishment figures, rather than an amusing piece of art for us to enjoy.

Caricature cartoons became hugely popular in Britain during the 18th century when artists used them in a satirical manner. If you have ever seen these caricature portraits which feature members of the Royal Family and high ranking politicians, you would wonder how the artists managed to avoid being jailed, or worse, for drawing these cartoons.

To say they are cruel and hard-hitting is something of an understatement, which makes the fact that the artists avoided arrest all the more surprising. At a time when illiteracy levels were high, these caricature cartoons were an effective way of letting ordinary people know what their leaders were up to. Caricatures are still a powerful political weapon these days, but they are also increasingly popular when it comes to marking special occasions.

Caricature gifts are perfect for birthdays and other events, being a lasting reminder for those involved. Wedding caricatures are perfect for capturing the atmosphere of the big day, so why not think about ordering one for yourself or a friend who is about to get married? Have a look at the great selection of examples of Charlies work here on the website and order your own caricatures for any occasion.

June 1, 2011

New Gift Ideas

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 12:11 pm

Most of us will be familiar with the feeling of panic when a friend or relatives birthday is approaching. You spend a lot of time wondering what you are going to buy them that is a little bit different, only to return to the, frankly, tired old familiar gift ideas. Will they really appreciate another necklace or shirt, or whatever item you usually give them? This is especially the case if your friendship has lasted over many years and you have exhausted the potential for presents, so if this sounds like the situation you find yourself in, why not think about giving caricature cartoons to friends or relatives as a truly different gift?

Personalised caricatures capture your friend’s personality and are always well received as presents, and here at Charlies Cartoons you will see hundreds of examples of the caricature gifts which people have sent to their friends. It doesn’t have to be a birthday for you to send caricatures.

Many of us like to have family caricatures and Charlies Cartoons can provide this service. All you have to do if you want family caricatures or caricature gifts is send a couple of photos of the person or persons to be featured, with a little information about them – amusing stories are always a good idea – and leave the rest to Charlie. As you will see when you look at the portfolio on our website, Charlie is an accomplished artist who is able to capture people perfectly, so if you are looking for an unusual present, caricature cartoons may be the ideal solution!

May 15, 2011

A caricature is always a winning idea

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 11:52 am

Cartoon caricatures make a great gift for any occasion, and because they are unique you can be sure that the person – or persons – who receive them will treasure their gift forever. Cartoons and caricatures don’t have to be restricted to special occasions like birthdays and leaving parties.

For example, if you are a member of a sports team, why not look into the idea of group caricatures? This will look great above the bar in the club, and it’s sure to bring a smile to all the members of the team when they see it. Ordering your cartoon caricatures from Charlies Cartoons couldn’t be easier.

All you have to do is go to the website, and if you are stuck for ideas about what kind of cartoons and caricatures you want, have a look at the samples which are displayed there to get some inspiration. You may also want to look at the testimonials from the many satisfied customers who have received cartoon caricatures from Charlie.

Once you have made your mind up, all you have to do is send two or three photos, and any amusing stories about the person who is to be portrayed, and that’s it, Charlie will do the rest. You can have input into what the finished caricature from photos will look like, and if necessary, you can have the finished item delivered within 48 hours. This is ideal if you are making a last minute search for present ideas, with the added bonus that your friend or relative will love this particular gift.

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.

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