Cartoons, Drawings/Illustrations and Caricatures
The ability to draw and create concepts intended to send a "message in a moment" is a unique skillset available with SpongeHead. Furthermore, caricaturing is a very specialized talent that few artist's possess. At SpongeHead, we have the ability to conceive and achieve in both design and as a freehand artist.
Since 1985, SpongeHead has been cartooning professionally producing thousands of cartoons for reprint that have appeared in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Canada & Africa...and reproduced in Newsweek, World Events, the United Nations Council on Apartheid, ESPN and educational textbooks. Through cartooning, SpongeHead has been to the White House and met President Reagan, had cartoons signed by President Bush, Jesse Jackson, Congressman, Governors and celebrities like Regis Philbin and Denzel Washington. We have conducted numerous lectures on the art of cartooning and if we are able to win multiple national and regional cartooning awards then we are ready to create a cartoon that helps convey your message. Nothing speaks louder than a picture!
Here's some samples of cartoons (click image to enlarge).
Political Cartoon History Contest!
Okay, let's see how much you know about our political history. View the following cartoons and try to answer the questions.
(Place mouse over cartoon and click the "maximize/minimize" symbol to view better)
Start with this one and remember you can click the (four corner square symbol) to enlarge/reduce. Question: Who are these two presidential candidates?...(see answer on next slide)
Prior Answer: 1984 Democrat Walter Mondale / Republican Ronald Reagan (eventual winner). - This cartoon question: In the Persian Gulf, what was the name of the Strait where Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini placed mines? (hint: year 1987)
Prior Answer: Strait of Hormuz. - This cartoon question: What was the first name of President Ronald Reagan's wife while he was in the White House?
Prior Answer: Nancy. - This cartoon question: Who was President Ronald Reagan's vice president?
Prior Answer: George Bush (not "W"). - This cartoon question: Was President Reagan a former Hollywood movie star or the former Governor of California?
Prior Answer: He was both (trick question). - This cartoon question: Who was the president before Ronald Reagan?
Prior Answer: Jimmy Carter. This cartoon question: What are the last names of the two figures named "Al" and "Dan"?
Prior Answer: Gore and Quayle. This cartoon question: What is name of President Bush's wife?
Prior Answer: Barbara. This cartoon question: Before becoming president, of what state was Bill Clinton governor?
Prior Answer: Arkansas. This cartoon question: Zoe Baird became famous for "Nannygate"...what was the governmental position she was nominated for?
Prior Answer: Attorney General. This cartoon question: What do turtles do in the winter? (okay, not political but interesting)
Prior Answer: Brummate (which is just another word for hibernate). This cartoon question: Who is in the meat grinder.....[Answer: YOU!!!]
SpongeHead's illustrative work is typically commissioned and has been used extensively in the workplace including corporations, design agencies and magazines and has appeared on television broadcasts, school textbooks, greeting cards and in licensing.
Below is a cross section of some of this work (click to enlarge).
This image won a national award with Fiskars company and resulted in grant money
As a result of the Fiskars award, a children's coloring book was created
This image was used for T-shirts
An illustrative logo for a local soccer team
School mascot developed
Invitation for a corporate event Lobster Bake at Boston Harbor
Hartford Courant - commissioned illustration
Hartford Courant - commissioned illustration
E-cards are becoming very popular with the ability to send mass electronic mailings
Greeting Card Image: "Anniversary - We've been together so long...and you know what end you are"
Greeting Card Image: "We knew you wanted some 'bills' for your birthday....you never specified dollar bills"
Greeting Card Image: "A Birthday BLOW-OUT"
Greeting Card Image: "For my best fiend...I mean FRIEND"
Greeting Card Image: "I hope you're happy....good luck"
Greeting Card Image: "Come on baby light my fire..."
Greeting Card Image: "You may be old but you haven't CROAKED yet"
Greeting Card Image: "I love you Berry, Berry much"
Greeting Card Image: "Invitation - Please Join Us"
Greeting Card Image - Radical Theme Series: "Happy Mother's Day"
Greeting Card Image - Radical Theme Series: "To a very COLORFUL person"
Greeting Card Image - Radical Theme Series: "Happy Birthday"
Greeting Card Image - Radical Theme Series: "Happy Birthday Cutey"
Greeting Card Image - Radical Theme Series: "We told you we'd get you something GREEN - we never said it would be money"
Licensing image - Child's Room Door Sign
Caricaturing is a unique ability to capture someone's likeness and personality in a picture. SpongeHead can create 3 types
(1) On-the-spot quick sit-down caricatures [see samples below in the photo collage],
(2) Special occasion caricatures commemorating an event or theme, and
(3) Publication reprint caricatures typically of public figures such as politicians, celebrities or people in the news [see samples below for these types of caricatures & 'special occasion' caricatures].
Attached below are two PDF brochures on SpongeHead's caricaturing capabilities. The first attachment showcases all 3 types of caricatures (see cover image at right) and the second attachment is specific to On-the-Spot caricatures. Download and review...
"On-the-spot" Caricaturing Photo Collage
(Click to enlarge)
1. Here's how it works: A victim sits down for a caricature...
2. I do a quick one minute pencil sketch and then proceed to inking...
3. And this is how it was progressing...
4. Here's another victim poised for the caricature assault...
5. And the interim progression...."I'm digging the long giraffe neck"
6. One last sample of a caricature in progress and now on to satisfied customers...
Publication & Special Occasion Caricatures
(Do you recognize any famous faces? Click on the images to enlarge and find out who they are and details on the caricature)
For Booking Caricatures....
If you would like to discuss any of the caricaturing services by SpongeHead then send an inquiry email (email link here) or additional information can be found at online booking service GigSalad (GigSalad link here).