This personalised caricature from photos was created as a gift for this globe-trotting cyclist! She’s on her bike with her Alpine skis over her shoulder. She has an Arnott’s bag hanging from her handlebars and a pair of wet swimming goggles are falling off behind her. She’s passing a signpost for the Dublin Mountains and a globe of the world to signify all her travel. She is connected to Kerry so she has a sign around her neck saying “Up the Kingdom” in the Kerry colours! The caricature is completed with some of her trademark catchphrases in speech bubbles around her head. As you can see my caricatures are completely customisable and make great gifts for cyclists and can feature the hobbies and interests of family, friends and colleagues! My personalised caricatures are sought after for birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, retirements, leaving gifts and a host of other special occasions! Once you order I get you to fill out a short form to collect the details you’d like included in the caricature, then you simply email me recent head and shoulder photos of the subject. The whole process is very simple and each caricature is sent with a tracking number and usually takes one day to arrive once sent. If you order one of my digital caricatures it simply arrives in your inbox by email! I have several different caricature categories including framed and unframed options so do take a look at my order page to see the one for you. If you’d like to keep up with my latest work and cartoons don’t forget to subscribe by email below!
One of the coolest things about my job is learning about technical stuff from other occupations. Case in point: in this personalised caricature of a dairy consultant I had to draw a plate meter (the thing he’s holding in his left hand). I’d never heard of a plate meter so I was very curious about what it is and what it’s for! Turns out it’s a device for measuring grass height! It also never occurred to me that grass needed to be measured, and if someone had asked me to do it I’d have gotten on my hands and knees with a ruler and a comb. The customer gave me some details:
“The plate meter has a suspended plate that measures grass height. It converts this height into Kg of dry matter grass per hectare. The aim is to graze the grass at the correct stage. Too high and quality reduces. Too low and growth rates reduce.” I learned something about dairy farming!
The subject here is an agriculture dairy consultant who was returning home to New Zealand (what a good place to be”) after working in Ireland for years. He’s pictured in his work shirt with his company logo on it. He’s got his bag packed for his return trip and it contains a bottle of glenlivit 18 whiskey, running shoes, and a sticker for the Kerry Way Ultra run, a 200km run that happens around the Ring of Kerry! Also pictured are a particular breed of cow and a bag of fertiliser with some Post-It notes! In this instance I even had to get a particular type of grass for the field the subject is standing in, called multi-species. I learned something else! In the background are 26 mountain peaks representing another run the subject did across the 26 highest peaks in Wicklow.
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This caricature was a birthday gift for an A&E consultant in Kerry’s University Hospital from his team. Many of the team were also leaving around the same time so it was partially a going away present too! It features an old style defibrillator and references his wearing of colourful socks, his love of swimming, and I’ve depicted a recent injury! He’s always in high demand in his department so I symbolised this with several arrows “pulling” him in different directions. The customer was good enough to send me a photo of the consultant with his team after the presentation of the caricature and they all look pretty happy with it!
This caricature was a wedding gift for a wedding last year and was put on display for the arrival of the bride and groom! The bride is wearing a Kerry jersey, and the groom has a Kerry bandana around his neck. It features signposts for Shrone, Killorglin and Dublin. Also included are the Sunday Times, a pilates mat, a GAA football and references to other sports including golf, rugby, badminton, tennis and hurling. And a cup of herbal tea! In the background is a vintage wedding car with cans on the back and the bride and groom’s initials on the number plate with a loveheart.
Weddings will be back in a big way later this year so if you’re going to one and you’re looking for a really special personalised wedding gift drop me a line!