If you happen to out and about in London town today, be sure to pick up a copy of Time Out London and check out some of my editorial illustration work. The article ‘Party With The Stars’ is a humorous look at the feasibility of a c-list, British celebrity attending your private function. Breaking down appearance fees, stipulations and general likelihood of getting them to your birthday party/work drinks/bar mitzvah. So ‘can you get a bona fide celebrity to party with you like it’s 1996?’. The original commission from the magazine was to create caricatures of each celebrity in the style of famed Panini football stickers – a childhood staple for many Brits and football fans alike. It appeared a while back on the Time Out London site, but has finally found it’s way to the print edition (which as we speak is probably proliferating through tube trains and buses alike). You can see my full write up in the illustration section of my portfolio here.

Suffice to say creating the illustrations was a tremendous amount of fun. I had grown up watching many of the names on the list, but for the uninitiated they feature children’s television and radio personalities Pat Sharp, Andi Peters, ‘Dick & Dom’,‘ The Chuckle Brothers’ and Dave Benson Phillips. Added to this TV actors Shaun Williamson and Dave Challis, and 90s pop troubadour Chesney Hawks. And where would a celebrity list be without a train-wreck sports star? Enter footballer Paul Merson to round off the gang. These names won’t mean much if (A): you’re not British and (B): you’re under 30 years old, but your parents will probably get a kick out of it. Just don’t be surprised if one of these faces shows up at your Christmas ‘do.

Big thanks to Tom Havell and the rest of the Time Out crew.

– GB

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