Caricatures by Kelly Gannon
May + June 2014
“I consider myself a crayon, I might not be your favorite color, but one day you'll need me to complete your picture.” ~ Savannah Highnote
Kelly Gannon is a full time Alberta caricature artist, which means he renders images showing the features of his subjects in a simplified or exaggerated way. Early on, he began his career by drawing editorial cartoons for newspapers and later set about drawing caricatures at events. He first saw artists creating live caricatures while attending a convention in Florida and had the privilege of seeing the guest speaker, his greatest influence Jack Davis of Mad Magazine.
After honing his skills, he received a dream offer, to draw caricatures in Disneyland. Then once again another great opportunity, this time to draw caricatures aboard cruise ships around the world. He has traveled the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Baltic; has taken his family to see the ruins of Pompeii, Rome and to visit Croatia; has traveled the jungles of Mexico to visit Tulum as well as the beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Without pursuing a studio career, Kelly was fortunate enough to have drawn cartoons and caricatures for several books, magazines and clothing companies. He has been asked to draw newscasters live on television and been interviewed on radio.
Because he grew up listening to all the great music from the sixties era, a highlight of his career was to meet and draw caricatures of several band members including Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Grass Roots, Paul Hoffert of Lighthouse, Chubby Checker, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees and Herman's Hermits.
To learn more about Kelly please visit http://kelly-gannon.blogspot.ca/.
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