Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Season's Greetings!



Season's Greetings and wishing you all a fabulous fun-filled holiday!

After a very busy (and enjoyable) time working with pre-Christmas art and entertainment events, I am now finding the time to do everything else and enjoying that too!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Magical November Walk


Misty November Sun behind the Giraffe Tree - Ingrid Sylvestre Artist North East UK


A misty sun sets behind the giraffe tree.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Catwalk Caricatures - Drawings as Caricaturist at Charity Fashion Shows & Corporate Events North East UK

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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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Here in the North East UK we have many Charity Ball events to raise money for good causes. Many of these include Fashion Shows, and there always seem to be plenty in the run up to Christmas. 
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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As well as drawing caricatures of the guests at these Charity Ball events, when they arrive and are milling around in the bar and lounge area, or are seated around their tables, I draw what I call 'Catwalk Caricatures' of the models as they parade down the catwalk in their finery.
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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Sometimes they are professional models. At other events they are local people, or celebrities such as footballers from a regional team.
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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These Charity Events and Corporate Events are always fabulous occasions and I love to be present as the official caricaturist to draw the guests and models.
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK
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When creating the caricatures of the models I tend to draw the whole person, whereas for guests it is usually just the head and shoulders.
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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Whether head and shoulders caricatures or full length caricatures, I have to be very quick! Each caricature of a still person takes around 3 - 5 minutes, and I have to be even speedier with the models as they are striding down the catwalk!
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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With caricatures it is the person's face that is particularly important - to get a 'likeness' yet stylised or 'cartoonised'. This differs from fashion drawings where the focus is on the garment. With my Catwalk Caricatures I try to do a bit of both! Sometimes it is difficult to see the model's face too well as they zoom past often at quite a distance away. On other occasions they stand and 'pose' for a while which makes it easier!
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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Challenging ...
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK

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Interesting ...
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North East caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Catwalk Caricatures at Charity Fashion Events and Corporate Events Newcastle Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside North Yorkshire Northumberland Darlington UK
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And always different.

I love my work!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

A few moments of sylvan solitude!

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In the Himalayan Dell, Durham University Botanic Garden - Ingrid Sylvestre North East artist

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As you know I absolutely love my work. I love meeting all the people at the events where I draw glamicature caricatures and cut silhouettes, and the variety of work activities is so interesting and stimulating. And in the midst of all this busyness, I also cherish a few moments of sylvan solitude!

Last week I visited the Durham University Botanic Gardens, and how beautifully the Himalayan birches shone in the early evening light. They seemed to raise their slender branches in a dance of the dusk.
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Magical conifers - Durham University Botanic Garden - Ingrid Sylvestre North East artist

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The conifers rose like majestic towers and there was a magical feeling that somehow combined excitement with tranquility.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

'Spookicatures' Caricatures North East Hallowe'en fun!

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North East Caricaturist Ingrid Sylvestre Spookicatures Hallowe'en Caricatures Hallowe'en Entertainment North East UK Durham Newcastle Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland

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Here in the North East UK we love our Hallowe'en parties and events where there is spooky fun for all the family. Time to get my witches hat, cape and face paints out.  As a caricaturist I go all over the North East doing caricatures as part of the entertainment at events ranging from family fun days to corporate events to parties, so Hallowe'en is a busy time. (I've not done a Hallowe'en themed wedding yet - but one day maybe!) People love to be drawn in their fancy dress outfits, (or or as spooky characters), and I have named these caricatures 'Spookicatures'.

Going for a test drive on my broomstick - out of practice!
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Converted to Yorkshire Tea!

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Caricature - Guy Martin by Ingrid Sylvestre
Motorcycle racer Guy Martin drinking a brew of Yorkshire Tea - Caricature by Ingrid Sylvestre

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I recently watched motorcycle racer Guy Martin for the first time on TV. What an amazing personality! Not only does he race in such events as the Isle of Man TT races, he has also had a TV series about breaking various records such as riding a motorcycle on water. And he drinks Yorkshire Tea.

I thought I would try it too - the Yorkshire Tea that is, not the motorcycling. I'm totally converted! Best brew ever ...
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Teatime for plants!

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Not wanting to waste even a drop, I save the used teabags and feed the contents to my plants. They've never looked better!
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Giraffe with teabags and spring onion ends

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Other things you can do with used teabags - photograph them with some spring onion ends and an old sock and use Photoshop to make a giraffe sock puppet. (A lot less messy than sticking the actual teabags to a sock!)
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Giraffe Raph G. Neckmann enjoying a brew of tea - Ingrid Sylvestre artist North East UK
Raph G. Neckmann enjoying a brew of tea

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Raph G. Neckmann has always been partial to a good brew of tea - I will have to find a way of getting some Yorkshire Tea across to Camelopardalis Constellation and see what he thinks of it!
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dahlias give Durham artists inspiration!

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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Walking around Durham after attending a Wedding Fair last weekend, I was entranced by the planting scheme up on Palace Green by the Cathedral. Dahlias in the most brilliant hues of magenta and pink shining like jewels amidst their dark foliage, nestling in a sea of silvery white. I love the way the petals have gradients of colours from cool magenta to warmer pinks all in such luminosity.
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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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And what are these striking colours? Oh the bold brilliance of those reds! Magenta, pink ... and RED??? Would one wear those colours together? (I may try!) But the red echoes the ruby-tinged centres of the dahlias and turns what could be a clash of colours into a dazzling display. The eye constantly wanders from cool magenta to hot red to dark background and silvery highlights - enchanting!
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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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The mellow stone wall in the background adds a touch of warm tranquility as the sun slowly goes down, and we walk on, inspired.
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Friday, 19 September 2014

3D Pop up Christmas Cards - an unusual activity for a sunny Autumn afternoon!

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Sitting outside in the mellow September sunshine surrounded by multitudes of 3D Christmas cards is my idea of a distinctive day! It sounds rather quirky and whimsical, but it is actually a very busy time of year for card orders and I'd rather be working outside in the fresh air than indoors.
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Squirrel Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Birds sing among the trees - an appropriate background as I pack my Wildlife range of  squirrels, swans, stags and foxes - though it is more rare to see penguins and polar bears here in our North East UK landscape!
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Penguins Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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We do have plenty of garden sheds though - both in gardens and allotments ...
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife 3D pop up Christmas card Robin on Spade with Garden Shed Allotment type scene suitable Xmas Card for people who like gardening Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Personally I prefer to leave thinking about Christmas until around mid December - but retailers displays begin very soon, and for those in search of the ideal Christmas card for a loved one, I guess one cannot start too soon. Three-dimensional cards are often marketed as luxury Christmas cards, the kind of 'bring-out-every-year' collectible cards that become Xmas decorations.
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Market traditional historical market scene with Victorian costumed figures in snow  Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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There is a lot of work involved in creating 3D cards. Each card is a highly intricate piece of paper engineering. From the original theme, for instance, a Victorian market encircled by a Christmas wreath, I have to design not just the visual look of the card,  but also ensure the components fit together for it to look good flat in the package as well as fully popped open. The cards are fitted together using tab and slots, interlocking to make a fully three dimensional Christmas card. A fraction of a millimetre out, and it won't stand up!
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Market traditional historical market scene with Victorian costumed figures in snow and Xmas wreath encircling scene Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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Once the paper engineering has been worked out, I work on detailed paintings in water colour - usually 4 or 5 separate paintings for each card, which all have to be scanned and printed, then die cut. And then assembled ...
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Victorian Skaters Wreath traditional historical snow scene with church and Victorian costumed figures skating Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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The cards featuring Christmas wreaths such as the Whimsical Woodland range or the Traditional vintage style range are the most complicated. The Fairy Christmas Tree was also quite a creative challenge as it has a squarish structure that can be seen from lots of angles, so there has to be a point of interest from each view and lots of little scenes built into one..
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Woodland Presents whimsical woodland creatures including squirrels badger hedgehog rabbit around Christmas Tree giving presents in snow scene with woody Xmas Wreath encircling scene Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists UK

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I love to sit surrounded by all the cards. It's like being in a winter wonderland - yet basking in the golden autumn sunshine. I hope it is as warm in December! 
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3D pop up Christmas cards by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre Greeting Cards designer Three Dimensional Cards for Christmas and other occasions Fully 3 dimensional paper engineering cards pop out when opened Winter Wildlife Swan set in snow scene in historic type of landscape garden with seasonal plants and ivy foliage and winter sun Ingrid Sylvestre North East artists

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You can view all the 3D Christmas cards by visiting my Greeting Cards site.
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Surprise Plant Nursery at North East Wedding Venue Ramside Hall!


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My wedding entertainment work as a caricaturist and silhouette artist takes me to luxury wedding venues all over the North East. One such is the Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham, which has also become one of my favourite places for eating out.

Having been there hundreds of times, I was amazed last week to discover a gorgeous little plant nursery tucked away in the grounds! How could I have missed it?
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Oh what bliss to wander round in the early evening sun! There is a magical feel to the place.
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Ramside Hall Hotel grounds photo by Ingrid Sylvestre North East Artist and Entertainer Caricatures and Silhouettes for Wedding Entertainment Parties Proms Conferences Corporate Events Entertainment Northeast UK County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire


Stepping through the tall trees is like entering a fairytale world with thatched cottage, little paths winding over bridges, by a stream and past fascinating groups of potted plants. An enchanting wonderland!
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Glimpses of a round ruby-red flowerbed entice the eye - a jewel among the luxuriant greens.

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Ramside Hall Hotel grounds photo by Ingrid Sylvestre North East Artist and Entertainer Caricatures and Silhouettes for Wedding Entertainment Parties Proms Conferences Corporate Events Entertainment Northeast UK County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire

Feathery acers drape their scarlet leaves across masses of darker foliage and old stonework.
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Even the rows of plants for sale are as much part of the artistry of the place, blending seamlessly into the overall composition.
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I wander around slowly, revelling in the atmosphere of this enchanting little plantsmans paradise.
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Ramside Hall Hotel grounds photo by Ingrid Sylvestre North East Artist and Entertainer Caricatures and Silhouettes for Wedding Entertainment Parties Proms Conferences Corporate Events Entertainment Northeast UK County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire



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More about Ramside Hall Hotel to follow ...
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 Ramside Hall Hotel grounds photo by Ingrid Sylvestre North East Artist and Entertainer Caricatures and Silhouettes for Wedding Entertainment Parties Proms Conferences Corporate Events Entertainment Northeast UK County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire

Monday, 8 September 2014

Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham


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In the beautiful countryside beyond Durham City a mysterious secret garden is hidden.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Although overgrown, the flower borders still curve enticingly beyond the weathered stone steps.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Golden sunlight illuminates the mossy paths, beckoning us to explore beyond rounded bushes and tall trees.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK Durham artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Framed by foliage, old buildings form an imposing backdrop.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK Durham artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Incongruous against the seemingly deserted old buildings, a bright blue bus waits ... but no passengers appear.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK Durham artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Founded in 1808 as a seminary for training Catholic priests until it closed in 2011, Ushaw College is now used by the University of Durham.
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The stone structures in the image below were for a unique sport named 'Cat', played by the priests at Ushaw College.
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Mysterious Secret Gardens at Ushaw College in County Durham - Photos by North East UK Durham artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Now all is still, with the silence broken only by cawing of rooks overhead and the rustling of leaves as you step carefully through these mysterious and beautiful gardens.
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Busy Summer of Wedding Entertainment in the North East!

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Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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This has been a busy summer for me as an artist entertainer at weddings around the North East. I thought I would create a post here showing the kind of work I am doing - this is one of the things that has been keeping me from gardens, gardening and blogging about gardens!! 
Weddings are as plentiful as always and for brides & grooms looking for interesting and unusual wedding entertainment ideas my Glamicature TM caricatures and silhouette cutting provide something unique and entertaining too..

Over the years of creating caricatures at events, I have developed a style of caricatures that I have named Glamicatures TM. Having spoken with many clients who were apprehensive about being caricatured particularly because of previous experiences of caricatures which made them feel unattractive, I decided to create drawings that flatter clients, and are both amusing and glamorous!
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North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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The elegant art of silhouette cutting goes back in history and has lost none of its charm today. A simple black silhouette can capture so much of the sitter - which is all the more surprising in that it only takes around 3 - 5 minutes to cut! Using small scissors, each silhouette is cut out of specialist black coated paper, which entertains the onlookers and provides the sitter with a unique memento of the special occasion.
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Silhouettes North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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A selection of Glamicature TM caricatures
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Wedding caricature of bride & groom
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Wedding Caricatures & Glamicatures North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire Wedding caricatures of guests
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Glamorous and flattering caricatures North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Humorous caricatures North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Office Christmas Party Entertainment Durham North East UK Christmas Entertainment Party Caricatures and Silhouettes Unique Party Entertainment Newcastle upon Tyne Ingrid Sylvestre
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Glamorous Wedding Caricatures North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Stylish Caricatures North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Great fun ideas for enterteinment during wedding reception! Unique ideas for different wedding reception entertainment. Wedding event ideas for entertainment. Wedding planning ideas. Wedding day entertainment ideas.
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Cheekicatures TM
Cheekicatures TM North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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For those wedding clients and guests who prefer a slightly more 'insulting' caricature, I have developed Cheekicatures TM.
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Humorous North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Some clients ask me to give them a bit more hair ... the results are usually highly amusing and a little more than expected!! 
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A Selection of Wedding Silhouettes
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I cut simple silhouettes 'on-the-spot' at weddings and other events for which I use specialist black coated silhouette paper which has a very fine grain. Each silhouette takes around 3 - 5 minutes to cut - fascinators and elaborate hairstyles take longer than smooth hair.
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Silhouettes for North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Silhouette hand cut for North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Wedding Silhouettes, Hand cut silhouette on black coated paper North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Digitally Mounted Silhouettes
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Wedding Silhouettes in digital border unusual North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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As an additional service for an extra fee, I can scan the individual silhouettes that I have cut at the event and digitally arrange them into a border or 'frame', which is emailed to the client and which they can print and/or use online.
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Wedding Silhouettes in heart shaped digital frame North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire

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For this I have designed a range of digital 'frames' and borders with decorative finishes. Hearts are a popular traditional shape and clients can ask for colour schemes of their choice.
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Wedding silhouettes Bride & Groom and guests in digital frame unusual North East Wedding Entertainment ideas Party Entertainment Christmas Party Entertainment Corporate Events Wedding Caricatures and Silhouettes Ingrid Sylvestre UK caricaturist & silhouette artist North East Newcastle upon Tyne Durham Sunderland Middlesbrough Teesside Northumberland Yorkshire
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Clients can ask for the silhouettes of their guests to be arranged around their own silhouettes as a unique memento of their special day.
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I thoroughly enjoy all these aspects of my artwork - it is inspiring to work among groups of people all celebrating special occasions and to have the priviledge of creating art for them.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Giraffes and other favourite plants!

Giraffe plant - Ingrid Sylvestre
Giraffe Plant

I've been too busy with art work to blog for many months, though I've managed to squeeze in a few precious hours gardening now and then over this wonderful summer.  And of course, giraffe spotting ... I was given three glorious dahlias by a friend, and couldn't help noticing the resemblance to a giraffe!

Lions ears plant - Ingrid Sylvestre
Leonotis - Lions Ears
While on the subject of animal plants - the above plant is commonly known as Lion's Ears. Having longed for one for ages, I was delighted to acquire these in a plant swap. I love the wonderfully sculptural shapes of the pom-pom flowers.

Cytisus battandieri - Ingrid Sylvestre
Cytisus battandieri
Following our mild winter the gardens have flourished all year. One of my favourite shrubs, Cytisus battandieri, has flowered prolifically - unusual considering we are in the North East! The large blooms smell luxuriously of pineapple, hence its common name, Pineapple Broom. Let's hope we have another mild winter!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

A Sylvan Artist's Outdoor Materials!

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Small Sylvan Art Works in Progress - Watercolour - Ingrid Sylvestre

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As an artist and writer I have always preferred to work for most of the time outdoors in the landscape through all the seasons, whether creating landscape & sylvan inspired work or other non-related subjects. I find the natural environment so inspiring and being outside stimulates creativity. 

People frequently ask me what materials and equipment I use. This depends on the kind of work I am creating - the only constant is plenty of hot tea! Here I will show the materials I use to create quite small sylvan works, meaning I don't have to carry a lot of heavy equipment, and I can work standing up thus not needing to take a seat. The above selection of watercolour 'Work in Progress' ranges from A4 size down to tiny images. They are all works I am in the process of creating for forthcoming exhibitions.
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Outdoor Art Materials & Equipment - Ingrid Sylvestre

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I like to use spiral bound or gummed books of paper. For watercolour I prefer interesting surfaces that give a textured effect to the paint. When creating drawings I love to use Ingres Pastel Paper with its lovely tinted shades. I especially like to use a type of pencil called Derwent Drawing Pencils (see box in above image) which come in wonderful earthy colours. Also Conte Crayons (see small oblong boxes above) in very short lengths so they can be used sideways to create large areas of colour.
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Tiny Watercolour paintbox for outdoor art work - Ingrid Sylvestre

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Although I use a normal sized paintbox when out on daily working excursions, I find this tiny frog-decorated children's paintbox really useful to carry round at all times. This means I can paint when inspired on any occasion - even when out for a meal or shopping! I removed the cheap paints and replaced them with Artist's Watercolour from tubes, which I allowed to dry before closing the lid. A small eyeliner brush fits nicely into the box too!
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My favourite Art Sketching Pencil Box - Ingrid Sylvestre

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And not to disappoint my giraffe-followers - even when creating non-giraffe artwork, I still have one somewhere around!
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