Friday, 25 September 2009

THE THREE MOST HORRIBLE WORDS FOR ANY CARICATURIST !!

Being a fine upstanding pillock of the community, i find myself being at the behest of the said community , esspecially since the little 'un's old school, with the help of the 'Little 'un' and the Lovely Lynne found out what a wonderfully gifted and talented cartoonist and caricaturist i am. This combined with, apparently me being a wonderful human being who would do anything for anyone???????????..........Well, this got me volunteered by my beloved family to draw hundreds and hundreds of kids at various summer fairs and so such 'do's'. This spread to the scouts functions and general charity functions. Jeez! its hard work being wonderful.
It always started with a telephone call to the lovely Lynne and i would hear the words WORK, CHARITY and FREE...It didn't matter where i was in the house ,or even if i was a mile away walking the dog, i would still hear THOSE words!!!. It meant i was being volunteered again!

The ironical thing is that everybody goes to the lovely Lynne to see if i'll 'do it!'.... Even if i answer the phone they'll ask to speak to the Lovely Lynne. She'll volunteer me ("Of course he'll do it, we're doing nothing that day" ).... After the day is over and the school or scout newsletter, or whatever comes out, there'll be a nice "Thank you"......For the Lovely Lynne for her help.
The other week , the lovely Lynne's sister , the exotic Elaine called and those words that chill any caricaturist to the bone...WORK...CHARITY...FREE...(My ink tinted blood is curdling even as my trembling hands type at this)..... came out as the Lovely Lynne spoke on the phone, i couldn't finish my X-MEN comic ,even. So, a week or so later i was away in the Cheshire countryside freezing me cobblers off drawing at a special needs school......Aaaah maybe i am wonderful..... The words will always have the same affect on me ,but i'll keep on letting the Lovely Lynne volunteer me. I'm still not talking to the exotic Elaine tho', much to her amusement.




4 comments:

Cathy said...

When I first started freelancing as an illustrator, I used to get calls from 'friends' (who should have known better) who'd ask if I could just 'draw them a card for so-and-so'. I'd them how much they wanted to pay, being that a card design would be around £200 - £250, and I assumed they wanted the original artwork ... suddenly, and very quickly, they'd realise they'd seen this ever such a nice card in a shop, and maybe they couldn't wait to buy it, and it would be just right for so-and-so ...

Does the school for kids with special needs get plasters, plumbers, builders etc to do freebies, too?

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

Aaah my dear, it's all 'cos we draw cartoons and everybody loves drawing cartoons, so ,ergo ,it can't be work if your doing something that gives you so much pleasure. In fact they're doing you a favour giving you the oppertunity to sit down and do what you love to do. I mean , people wouldn't charge to have sex, would they ?
Good irish catholic Tim xx

caricature lafontaine said...

Poor Tim, mon pauvre ami!
When I read this comment of yours I was crying. How can people ask a talented artist of international fame to draw for free?....snif....snif.......bouh.....bouh....
'On ne vit pas d'amour et d'eau fraƮche'....
I'll go for a coffee to try and recover from these sad news, but by the way, we are having a caricature event soon in Montreal and every artist do volonteer work in order to get things together. Never know, maybe you have spare time!
Robert

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

Hello Robert
For me to work at Montreal, is not a decision that i can make. You will have to speak those evil words to my missus and get her to volunteer me and donate my time and talent of which she is so generous. But maybe i might sneak away to Montreal, maybe next year. When is your festival? Anyhow good to hear from you, mon ami. Keep in touch.
Tim