Steve has been drawing since he was a small child (did he grow up then?) and equates it to breathing, he can't do without it!
We dug up some of Steve's history! Born in 1962 in Billericay Essex, a village 30 miles east of London, England, Steve started drawing at an early age, he then progressed from the bedroom wall onto paper! As a growing boy he loved to draw as well as watching cartoons on tv and reading comic books.
Steve received his art training at school and soon his talent began to shine. He got his first job as a messenger, delivering and collecting art work for a commercial art studio in Soho London. This he enjoyed and he soon progressed within the studio, working along side cartoonist's, lettering artist's and other people mad about art! Recently Steve has been hired to draw by such clients as the BBC, Apple and many other big name companies!
February 2015 Steve appeared on the Mel and Sue show on ITV1 drawing Paul Hollywood live on the show!
But what is a Caricature? Put simply it is a drawing that exaggerates or pulls the key features of the human face to distort but still being able to retain a likeness. Another way to put it is, making someone look funny as a cartoon but it still really looks like them! In caricature there are many levels or extremes of this distortion, from very mild portrait types through to extreme exaggeration that really push the boundaries of what is achievable!
A Professional Member of the International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA), Steve attends their annual convention and has drawn in Tokyo, Las Vegas, Reno and Orlando as well as all over the UK & Europe. Steve is a former President of ISCA. Visit the ISCA website here!
Steve is proud to have appeared on the BBC, in November 2010 for a special performance for the show The Slammer! The show aired on BBC, BBC HD and CBBC! In 2005 and 2015 Steve also appeared on ITV1, filmed drawing his caricatures!
Steve is married with two grown up children and lives not to far from where he was born. He works based from 'Inside the Shed' at his home and travels far and wide providing FUN Caricture Entertainment that really makes the party swing.
Here's what one wedding bride had to say, 'Hi Steve, just a quick note to say thanks for yesterday, we really appreciated your fantastic talent and great sense of humor and so did the guests! We had the best day ever and thank you for your part in it, take care, Rachel and Ben'.
Steve enjoys time with his family and friends, photography, all kinds of good music (Steve is also a drummer). Steve and his wife love to travel and are planning on visiting as many places around the world as they can!
Steve has been inspired by many artist's since he was a small boy, from people like Mort Drucker. Growing up he used to watch as many art related television programmes as he could and would often be found with his Dad, watching Tom & Jerry cartoons together. Children's television was also a great source for art and such shows as Vision ON with the amazing artist Tony Hart, who sadly is no longer with us, who really had an impact on Steve and his caricature drawing approach.
Walt Disney has always been a huge influence on Steve's art and he has always enjoyed and loved everything Disney produced. Today Steve still has a great love and passion for Disney and is excited to see how they are moving forward with technology and the production of their art and wonderful movies. Steve always loves to spend time in Orlando at Walt Disney World.