Audition: Steven Ball - In the Style of Artist

February 08, 2011

It's been a while since we've done one of these, hasn't it? In case you need a reminder, Sternberg Clarke often book Caricaturists and Portrait Artists for corporate events and an offshoot of that Caricature/Artist family is the In the Style of Artist. Part of that process is inviting these artists in and asking them to draw us whilst we pretend to carry on with our work but are secretly concentrating on maintaining a flattering pout. And that's part of the reason that a caricaturist can be a sticky issue – people's egos are delicate and a brutally truthful portrait can be the last thing they want to see at a networking event.

... Which is possibly why In the Style of Picasso is such a popular request for corporate events at Sternberg Clarke  - the artist is able to give a good likeness of the guest but elegantly sidestep the thorny issues of Bags under Eyes and Jug Handle Ears and Looking Like Gary Busey. And even if your portrait comes out with a double chin it can be explained away as the artist trying to represent your chin from all angles simultaneously. This was the case with Steven Ball who came in to draw a few members of staff and give us an idea of what he can do – in this case, what he can do turns out to be very good caricatures in the style of Picasso. Check out the slideshow above for pictures of Sarah, Hayley and Garreth “It's me, I'm the one writing this” Owen.

But if you really want to go the distance to spare your guests feelings, then In the Style of RenĂ© Magritte might be more suited to your needs. The portrait subject can even choose the fruit behind which their face is obscured.  Not many enquiries for that one… yet.