Bob Hoare - Caricaturist and illustrator

The caricaturist and illustrator Bob Hoare joined the Graphic News team in June 1991

At that pre-internet time, JPG were too large to download in under 10 minutes using a modem linked to a telephone line. Images were therefore sketched on A3 paper (CS10 or Bristol Board), inked with a Rotring Pen, and then faxed in two pieces the Graphic News in London. They were then scanned and “coloured” in Adobe Illustrator 3.0. This resulted in files <200K. | CARICATURES - SKETCHED |

Then with the internet and faster download speeds, Bob drew caricatures and painted them himself with transparent oils, (mixing oil paints with liquin) and delivered the files as JPG. | CARICATURES - PAINTED |

Using this method he also produced a series of movie illustrations | MOVIE ILLUSTRATIONS |

More recently he has experimented with a different style. His illustrations were drawn with coloured crayons, sprayed with a fixative, and then when dried, oil paint applied.| CRAYON PORTRAITS |

All images are now available as JPG

TECHNICAL NOTE from BOB:- I obtain as many pictures of my subject as I can, either from the internet, books or photographs. I then produce rough sketches until I am satisfied with the likeness.

Next, I trace this off and continue to work up the caricature to a final likeness, before transferring to my board. (For many years, my preferred board has been an Italian Fabriano board.) I use a transfer sheet with a coating of Zeebrite grate polish. My transfer tool is a bradawl stuck through a squash ball -- This may sound strange but it works because the squash ball makes it easier to grip.

Welcome to Graphic News

Please get in the habit of logging in when you arrive as some pages may soon be restricted. If you are new to Graphic News there is a Website Guide to help you find your way around.

November 24, 2017 — Ai2HTML screen graphics - The script has been updated to allow multiple screen graphics to be published on the same web page. Click here for instructions

November 24, 2017 — Training - mobile graphics- The GN AI2HTML method is very fast and easy. It allows designers with conventional design skills to produce responsive “mobile” friendly graphics to meet news deadlines. Contact helpdesk @ if you would like to join our next training course.

If you need help or have questions at any time, please contact us