Notice that we open our Garcia Media website with this wonderful caricature of me executed by the magnificent Spanish caricaturist Jaime Pandelet Cerdá. Hope you like it.
Those of you who are observant will notice that we have changed the image for the home page of Garcia Media. Indeed, some of you had written me emails asking when we would show a different image. I guess the image of a young Mario (with much hair) came with an expiration date. I understand and we have done something about it.
So, with the help of our art director, Andy Rossback, we have now incorporated a new image. It is one of my favorite caricatures of me , done with much finesse and precision by that maestro of Spanish artists, Jaime Pandelet Cerdá.
Jaime tells me that he had no big dreams to become a caricaturist–let alone one in great demand!
“Truly, the idea of having a career in caricature was not my objective. That was not the idea. I always enjoyed drawing caricatures. It was something therapeutic for me. It would take my stress away, but at the age of 16, I had my first caricature published in a local sports publication, Nuevo Sevillismo, but it would not be until 12 years later that I began to contribute my caricatures to the national Spanish newspaper ABC.”
Jaime keeps very busy and now is preparing an exhibit of his work, to open September 19. He is also currently illustrating two books and taking care of personal projects.
The Sevilla-based caricaturist has drawn images of some of the most famous personalities , adding his special gift to capture the essence of the person. Another reason I am so honored that he took the time to draw me. Here we see Jaime’s take on Mandela, Lula and even Cervantes.
More of Jaime’s impressive work appears below:
With my own caricature, not only did Jaime got me the way most people would see me, but added the traditional old reporter’s hat to offer a bit of historical context.
Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do, and that you will be patient as we let this image live there on our home page for a few weeks.
You can always find Jaime and his latest work on his Facebook page:
Muchas gracias, Jaime, for sharing your talent with us.
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