Some say Ted Couling was born to draw caricatures.
“Just look at his big head and little body!” exclaimed the doctor who welcomed him into the world,” states his biography.
This entertaining cariacture artist will be at the Williams Lake Harvest Fair this weekend drawing caricature portraits of visitors.
His work is one of the many free activities available at the fair with the small gate fee of $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages six to 12 and free for children under age five.
Couling began drawing hieroglyphics in the womb, progressed to putting clothes on stick men and was drawing cartoons and caricatures by age 12.
At age 14, Couling and his caricatures of NHL stars were featured coast to coast on Hockey Night In Canada.
He turned pro at this point (drawing, not hockey… and as a result, still has all his teeth).
With a college diploma in advertising art, majoring in graphic design and illustration, Couling worked in advertising until forming his own successful freelance cartooning and caricature business in 1987.
Drawing cartoon portraits at special events since 1986, Couling had entertained people from all over the world.
The difference in Couling’s work is that he does not: “take your worst features and exaggerate them.”
Rather, he emphasizes the good points.
Couling has combined elements of gag cartooning and a keen eye for caricature likeness to become one of North America’s fastest and funniest caricature entertainers.
His client list reads like a corporate who’s who, featuring the likes of Mercedes Benz, General Motors, General Foods, IKEA, McDonalds and various professional sports teams.