Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Charles Kennedy

This morning we learned of the death of former political leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

Charles was 55 years old.

It is such sad news and I am shocked to be honest.



I have never been a LibDem supporter but Charles was a leader whom I liked and respected and during his time in that role, he did a fantastic job.

I always enjoyed his appearances on television both as a political person and commentator come show presenter.

Charles really was a lovely guy and honest and genuine.

We have lost a rare breed of politician, one who you felt could be trusted and someone who you really wanted to hear what he had to say.

A truly sad loss for all of us.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and young son and the rest of his family at this very very sad time.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Gathering

With my work as a caricaturist I am often in a gathering of people who are out enjoying a dinner and entertainment.

I get to wander around tables drawing the guests and in this photo taken last month you can see what that is like! To be honest on that particular night there were 7 other caricaturists working as we shared the tables between us!

Lots of fun and I am always amazed at how so many people can fed and watered in just a couple of hours!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

#FIFA FIFA scandal Inside the shed

Car Crashes?




Safety? Often we think safety can hinder our fun but you only have to look at YouTube for video's of what they call 'Fails' and also car crashes to see that sometimes safety is something we should consider in our daily lives!

Recently I have been watching these type of video's on YouTube and while they can be entertaining, they also show the cold light of day that we live in a dangerous world and anything can happen.

With that said, the amount of Russian driving disasters that you can find on YouTube are amazing!

I say this because you can find car crashes that happen in both bad weather and good weather but the way the Russians appear to drive is quite scary! I have never been to Russia but if I ever do visit what is a beautiful country, I will take the train!

But every country into world where there are cars will have disasters and wrecks that often make you wonder why the driver did not see the other car!

The word accident does not really apply to these car wrecks. If you watch you will see simple and stupid bad choices made by the drivers and many could have avoided the crash if they had been looking and applied their breaks a bit harder.

So if you have an hour to kill so to speak, check out YouTube for car crashes compilations, there are so many to choose from you will not be disappointed!

But please for the love of mike, drive safely out there in the real world there next time you get into your vehicle!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

#FIFA really?

Well this week has been blasted with the news headline of FIFA officials being arrested for bribery charges and with the possibility of being extradited to the USA to stand trial.

All this in conjunction with the annual FIFA congress/convention and the election process for the head honcho to lead FIFA.

Seb Blatter has been running FIFA in the role of top dog for something like 17 years. Over this time FIFA has achieved a lot of good work but along the way there have been a number of investigations into possible fraud and brides being taken through the section process of where the Football::Soccer world cup will be hosted.

The FIFA world cup happens every 4 years and it is BIG on a global scale.

So here's the thing. Seb Blatter denies knowing about any brides or fraud inside his organisation and that is an important point, HIS organisation. He is almost like a complete dictator. He rules over FIFA.

So with this fact of being the top dog and being very cocky about telling everyone about this, that he is the number one guy and no one else, he then should and must take responsibility for the charges against his organisation form the US justice system.



But he has not. He has rejected that he has any responsibility with what has happened.

Really?

It is so crazy it does not seem real.

The right thing any person leading such a huge organisation would be to step down as an indication that they had no control over the very organisation they were supposed to be leading.

But not Seb Blatter. He continues his brazen leadership as if nothing has really happened.

Well FIFA has lost a lot of respect form many areas of people and organisations all over the world.

The situation is not over. Sponsors who pay FIFA huge amounts of money are stopping to consider what they should do.

My view point is that Mr Blatter must stand down and let another take over and get to the bottom of all this criminal alleged activity inside FIFA.

SO we watch this space to see how this coming week will play out with the ongoing FIFA saga!

Friday, May 29, 2015

What am I like?

After such good intentions I have let this, my blog fall behind in a big way.



Postings have been scarce and I have fallen out of the good habit of writing and posting on a daily basis, something that was not intentional but more about that in a moment.

I really enjoying posting but the truth of the matter is that Facebook has stolen the thunder of blogging these past few years. If I think back just 8 years ago, blogging was big and the 'in thing' to be doing. But Facebook and social media evolution took that 'thing' and changed the game.

Now I don't mind the change in social media as Facebook is great and I am on it all the time. Actually I am on it way too much but don't like to admit that. Wait I just did!

Yes, Facebook has succeeded in being THE social media platform regardless of what some may say.

I actually gain a large number of enquiries for my services as a caricature artist through and via Facebook so I would be crazy to ignore it. That also makes me feel somewhat justified in all the time I spend on Facebook!

But why the lack of posts here on my blog?

There are a number of reason's and Facebook is partly a make up of one of them in so much as I have  been seduced by Facebook to leave my blog... well thats how it feels sometimes!

Another reason is time and focus that makes up my daily life. So what I mean by this and its not a pathetic excuse, by no means, as I get older life changes and my family are changing. My daughter got married back in April and we had a fantastic day and it was so happy and loving and everyone enjoyed celebrating with the happy couple!

My parents have now had their ages catch up with them and by that I mean they have some serious health issues that are usually associated with being 78 and 82 years old.

I have spoken about this before and my father is battling skin cancer and so far is winning except for a few scars and daily pain but he gets on with his daily life. He also went through a triple heart by pass and new heart valve operation back in December 2014 so its been real tough for him and these past 6 months have proven to show that he now needs the help of his family in his daily life.

Mum has also had some very poor health and today is still suffering with bladder problems and a constant infection, we are waiting to see the consultant soon we hope and try to get this fixed for her. What this means is that she is on anti biotic almost constantly as we have recently found out that the infection will not just go with these tablets. But at times since January this year, when she had finished a dose of anti biotic and we thought the infection had been cleared only to see her fall into a deep depression and poor mental state after a few days being off the anti biotic. What was happening was that the infection had not gone but was fighting back in her body and causing some real issues for her and us. She has been suicidal on a few occasions.

So as you can guess, I have been helping them with almost everything on an almost daily basis. I have a brother who also helps so we can share the responsibility of looking after them. Of course they have refused looking at moving into a care home but we have spoken with them about this option.

If we can get Mum sorted and clear of this water infection then they will be able to remain in their own home and have some independent quality of life and thats what we all want for them.

So getting back to the blog and as I mentioned, the above is not an excuse it is a reason why I have not been able to devote and dedicate time to blogging and some other aspects of my business. My parents need me at this stage of their lives and I will be there for them.

I miss blogging as I wanted to move my blog into a more relevant and interesting site that people would really want to visit on a regular basis.

This is still my goal but it has to remain on the back burner for now. I will try to post as much as I can but I have to ask for your patience with me.

Business itself is still good and I am still able to make a living and support my wife and family by drawing caricatures at weddings and events. My wife also has a part time job now, working for The Body Shop and she loves every minute of it! She continues to help me with my admin and accounts, a part of being self employed that is quite dull to be honest, but she has been with the Body Shop for nearly a year and she is a valued member of the team in there Basildon store and it is great to she her smile and enjoy her work.

As you may know, my wife and I love to travel and try as much as we can to do this! At the moment with the situation of my parents we have put our travels on hold. We did have a couple of trips earlier this year but they had been booked quite literally a year earlier and before my parents needed us as carers. But we were still able to make it to Las Vegas in February and Malta in April this year. We have nothing else booked at this time and although we have ideas and rough plans for future trips, we have not actually booked anything. Thats okay and we really don't mind. We have so many wonderful memories form the past 10 years of travelling that we can be patient and wait.

Getting back to the blog, I have often wondered about what content I should include and I think I have briefly spoken about this in the past. Should I keep it focused on just my caricature business or should I post about other topics, maybe some political stuff?

I can't seem to make my own mind up. I am no journalist and would never try to be but I do enjoy posting or blogging or whatever you wish to call it. I like to share what's going on because I want to encourage others. I am just a working class lad who grew up in Basildon, Essex from a very working class background but have been able to make something better for my life and the life of my family. I know that if you can sow a seed of hope in someones life, for someone who may need that, it can be a powerful thing and make a real positive difference to them.

I have been fortunate to have experienced this during my life and I know it has helped me tremendously through my life.

I am not trying to boast about my life or rub it in as if I am special or anything. No. Things have worked out well for me and are the proceeds of hard work that I have put in.

I have not been handed success on a plate from anyone, far from it. I have gone out there and worked hard to create the success.

If I can do it, trust me, anyone can!

Well it has been refreshing to sit here and type this post out for my blog. I hope that it has been of interest if you have managed to read down to this part! Let me say a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to read the post. I hope and will aim to post again and provide some interesting reading material for you all!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Spock

Sad news of the passing of Mr Spock played by the fantastic actor L. Nimoy.

Not many can say they have been absorbed by the populations of so many. Both he and the character of Spock were loved and still are.

To boldly go.....

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Running

Drawn for a clients website this team member is a keen runner.

A long time ago, when I was much younger, I used to run.

At school I was one of the good long distance runners and as I grew up I continued my running as a hobby. I enjoyed fun running and the healthy benefits it brought but most of all, I really enjoyed just running along the road!

I managed to run a marathon or two and my best time was 3hrs 46mins. Not bad for a fun runner!

Today in my 50's I no longer run. I don't miss it but I am finding new ways to keep fit.

I still hold the greatest respect for anyone who runs.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Celebrity Caricatures

a couple of celebrity caricatures draw on my iPad using the ArtStudio app!


Danny Boyle


David Tennant

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Selfie

A caricature selfie drawn on my iPad with the ZenBrush app. Selfie is a big thing on social media and so many of these photos are fun to view! #selfie I'm sure you have taken a selfie but if have not, why not try it and join in on all the fun!

Fun Caricature

A practice sketch drawn in ZenBrush on my iPad Air. I enjoy doing these as I always learn something new about drawing on the iPad. It is also great fun and the best thing is that I can draw on the iPad anywhere! So no matter if I'm in the studio, on a plane or away on vacation, I can draw on my iPad in an instant!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brad Pitt's movie, Fury tops UK box office

This is one movie I know I must see!


My Dad served just after the war in the Royal Horse Artillery and was part of the 3 man crew on the 25lb gun!

As I was born in 1962 I have always felt a connection to WWII, my parents lived through it as children in the East End of London.

So this looks to be a great movie and I have to say that Brad Pitt is one of my favourite actors!

Another Day in Art

Its been too long since I posted here and the real reason I guess, is Facebook.

Yes that darn Facebook takes so much of my time. But it works. I am building my business through using Facebook and so far its free to do so!


Of course I am still busy with drawing at weddings and corporate events all shapes and sizes and my family life is still hectic as parents are still and always shall I guess, remain in poor health. We are finding that we are often helping them out with hospital visits and also responding to emergencies that arise from their health problems. But thats OK as we are here for them and will drop everything to help them when ever they need us.

I still have lots of crazy ideas about what I would like to do with blogging and other website stuff on the internet. Sometimes I think my brain will explode!


I have also been tinkering with my main website to keep it google search engine friendly and fine tuned! You can see the current 'version' here drawn4u.com

I am also off out to Reno, Nevada soon to attend the 2014 ISCA convention! I am really looking forward to this!


So its another day in art and life goes on!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Caricature

Busy as ever and I have not posted here for months! Sorry!


Weddings have taken much of my time up and it has been another great summer!


As the summer is now coming to an end, my wife and I have a holiday booked to enjoy soon and a chance for me to relax and 'recover' from a hectic but fun summer!


So I really much keep this blog up to date!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mountain

As an artist I sometimes find I have odd moments of creativity! One such moment happened the other night. I often will sit with my iPad in the evenings and just sketch/doodle. While this happens the television will be on, so my wife and I can watch together but I can also sketch on my iPad.

There was a programme running that had a report from Mount Everest and it got my mind running around and the result was the sketch above!

The idea is a mountain shaped as a face. I know, my creative mind can be weird but there we'd are, that's me!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wedding caricatures!

Here are a few pictures from a recent wedding I was drawing for and as you can see, we have a lot of great fun..


It is so nice to see people smile as I interact with them and draw them! Often we have many laugh out loud moments before the drawing is even finished!


And of course, the bride and groom get to be drawn!


I love my job and it is such a pleasure to bring happiness and smiles to people where ever I go!

You can see more on my website www.drawn4u.com

You can also interact with me on Facebook www.facebook.com/SteveJHearn

I hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Open Garden!

I am very pleased to share with you the news that once again this year, some very close and dear friends of mine, Danny and Yvonne Owen, shall be taking part in the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and will have their garden open on a number of dates, to view in aid of charity.


You find out more about the NGS on their website www.ngs.org.uk

Below is the information on which days Danny & Yvonne's garden will be open, click on the image to view larger:


Yvonne has worked hard over many years to produce what everyone calls, a real garden, and visitors are never disappointed!


I hope you are able to visit their garden and I know you will receive a very warm welcome and a chance for a cup of tea!

If you love flowers and plants and enjoy spending some time in gardens, then a visit is a must. Their garden is part of their home and their location is the historic town of Witham in Essex.

If you want to look it up on a map, use this postcode : CM8 2LJ and if you would like to talk directly with either Yvonne or Danny, then please call them on 01376 515187


Along with enjoying their beautiful garden, you will also be making a positive contribution to a very worthwhile charity, so everyone wins! In fact, last year the NGS donated £2.1 million amongst the following charities:

Macmillan Cancer Support:              £450,000

Marie Curie Cancer Care:                 £450,000

Help the Hospices:                            £400,000

Carers Trust:                                     £300,000

Queen's Nursing Institute:                £200,000

NT Gardening Careerships:              £120,000

Parkinson's UK:                               £100,000

Perennial:                                          £100,000

Garden Museum:                              £8,000

Sp as you can see above, a large amount of money is raised and is then shared among some fantastic charities! So visit a garden, enjoy and relax in the knowledge that you will be making a big and positive difference to a large number of people through the charities supported!

The NGS covers the country so if your not in Essex, don't worry, there will be a garden near to your area, just stop by their website to check out where exactly: www.ngs.org.uk