Time once again to take stock as the Studio’s 15th anniversary year draws to a close.
First and foremost everyone in Scotland was caught up in the debate surrounding the vote on independence. We organised a touring exhibition of cartoons about the referendum entitled The Auld Acquaintance, featuring contributions from dozens of talented artists from thirty-seven different nations. Ultimately the show was seen at five different locations around Europe between April and November. If you missed the exhibition you can read more about it here as well as elsewhere on this blog.
In large part the exhibition marked the our 15th anniversary, which rolled around in May. We also launched a brand new service: live digital caricature at events using iPad technology. We’re the first caricaturists in Scotland to offer this option to our customers. After being invited to demonstrate the technique at the Apple Store we were soon drawing at venues in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We look forward to entertaining visitors at more corporate events in 2015.
Digital caricatures are great but they won’t replace our traditional pen and ink work. The year’s highlight on that front was undoubtedly drawing athletes and staff at the XXth Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow. Since the events caused so much excitement in our home town it was a point of pride for the Studio team to be the only cartoonists participating.
As usual it’s been a year filled commissions and bookings for business consultants, colleges & universities, health organisations, local authorities, tv producers and of course many individual customers too. We’ve had team members drawing at events across the country in Argyll, Dumfriesshire, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Lancashire, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian.
Here’s some recent comments from happy customers:
” Terry, just wanted to let you know that the co-conspirators for the birthday present are really pleased with the result. Brilliant.” – S. Hall, Glasgow
“Everybody loved the caricature. I would reiterate you did a super job, if I might call it a job, or should I say work of art. Thanks a lot.” – J. Yaffe, Manchester
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you from myself and my parents. They loved their picture!” – S. Spooner, Surrey
“I wanted to thank Chris for the amazing caricature. Everyone loved it – especially Marilyn. You managed to capture her features and her personality so well.” – M. Francis, Glasgow
“The drawings are just perfect. If the kids are half as impressed as everyone else it’ll make for a memorable gift.” – G. Beveridge, Glasgow
“Never had the chance to say “thank you” to Tommy for the brilliant job he did at my daughter’s wedding. He was fantastic and had the whole reception buzzing. We all loved his caricatures and he made us all so comfortable sitting for him. So many people have asked and have been happily passing on the details of your company.” – H.Smith, Largs
“Thank Tommy for kindly coming along to our event. Our staff and clients had an amazing time and so thoroughly enjoyed the caricatures that we had to have Tommy back for a second day.” – K.Sharp, Investec
“Chris and Tommy, thank you so much for the caricature pictures at our conference. We have had some great feedback. Many people I spoke to thought it was fab and loved their pictures and they were disappointed that you weren’t there on the second day, so we will maybe have to book you for two days next year! You also got out Twitter feed buzzing with lots of pictures! Thanks again to you both, you made a great impression on our delegates.” – E.Simpson, Unit 4