School Principal Retirement Gift Caricature

school principal retirement gift caricature from photos

School Principal Retirement Gift Caricature: this caricature was a gift for a retiring principal in a national school in Sligo. It includes many references and catchphrases! I got wonderful feedback on this one:

Hi Allan,
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the AMAZING cariacture you created for our Principal.
Absolutely brilliant, you are gifted at what you do – it exceeded all my expectations and you incorporated absolutely everything as requested – the Principal himself was just blown away and amazed by it; and my colleagues were so impressed with your work. Your name and details have been spread far and wide☺️
Thanks so much again for your professionalism and will hopefully order something again from you in the future.

school principal retirement gift caricature from photos framed

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Wedding Caricatures Jack’s Old Cottage Mayo

caricature artist mayo wedding reception 13

One of my first weddings back after lockdown was in Jack’s Old Cottage in Islandeady near Castlebar, a meticulously restored cottage museum in the heart of the Mayo countryside. After the long gap in live wedding caricatures due to lockdown I’m always anxious I’ll have forgotten how to do it but as you can see from the gallery below I think I’ve still got it! Each couple below took less than five minutes to draw. I suppose it’s like learning to ride a bike, once you can draw quick caricatures live you never forget! The cottage is open to the public and is free to visit and is worth stopping by if you’re in the area.

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Bloomsday: Wicklow Heather House Bloomsday Gin

Wicklow Heather Restaurant Bloomsday Gin

Happy Bloomsday! In late 2019 I was approached by Andrew Kelly of Wicklow Heather Restaurant and House in Wicklow about the use of my James Joyce caricature as part of the label design for their Bloomsday limited edition gin.
bloomsday 2020

“About 10 years ago to the day we began collecting very rare books and memorabilia for our Writer’s Room which over time has turned into one of the largest collections of work of first edition Irish literature.

To celebrate the Writer’s Room we have distilled our own limited edition gin. The Gin’s name is “Bloomsday” which celebrates James Joyce in particular and his life.

When working on the label for the bottle I came across your caricature of Joyce for Bloomsday. I absolutely loved how quirky it was and instantly wanted to base our design around it.

We are producing a limited number of 200 bottles of the gin where the label will be prominent.”

It was so wonderful to be approached in this way and we worked out the details for the use of the James Joyce caricature. I think the resulting label looks great:

Wicklow Heather Restaurant Bloomsday Gin 2

Anyone whose work is image-based will know how frequently other businesses will just use your work as a free stock image library so the Wicklow Heather Restaurant properly sourcing the image and working with the artist really meant a lot.

It really looks like an amazing venue and I hope to get up for a visit as things begin to normalise, and maybe even sample that gin!

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