Pete created caricatures of the twelve Magic 828 Radio presenters as a commission. Two of them – David Guselli and Nicola Duddy – then interviewed him live on the Magic Drive show to find out more about how he does it, and his other projects.
Pete admitted he was nervous as we arrived at the appointed time at Magic 828 Radio’s studio in Cape Town. It was not the first time he had been on the radio, and he knew he had only a short time to tell the listeners about his caricaturing as well as his monkey illustration project.
The first thing we saw after being met at the reception, was the row of caricatures that had been printed on canvas and displayed on the walls and pillars of the main office area.
Directly outside the studio is a large canvas of all the caricatures together. This is a fantastic and friendly way for the station to welcome its on-air guests as they can ‘meet’ the presenters via their caricatures right there in the waiting area before they go inside.
In the studio, Pete met presenters David Guselli and Nicola Duddy who were to interview him on Dave’s late afternoon drive show. They were wonderfully funny and warm and soon put Pete at ease. While a few tracks played, and then a few ads, they chatted about Pete’s work and finally switched over to ‘live on the air’.
The interview was in two parts, focusing on Pete’s caricature work at weddings, parties and by commission (such as those he had done for the radio station), and then on his long-term project in which he is illustrating monkey characters for a book entitled ‘Monkeys In Your Face’.
David Guselli praised Pete for the wonderful caricatures in the Magic 828 offices and thanked him for “making me look 28 years old!” He encouraged listeners to get in touch with Pete for workplace and event caricatures.
While on the air, a message came in by email from an old school mate of Pete’s whom he had caricatured recently.
Nicola: “Do you remember this guy?’
Pete: “Of course I remember him”
Nicola: “Do you remember everybody whose caricature you have drawn?”
Pete: “Yes I usually do, I have a photographic memory. I remember people even if they don’t remember me, or have never met me!”
Nicola: “Walking through Cape Town must be difficult for you then!!” :D
As they chatted live with Pete the presenters were exploring the monkey art in our online shop and Pete’s Instagram account and they agreed it is ‘very cool art; not what you’d expect‘.
After the interview, it was all smiles and hugs. Station CEO Tony Sanderson came out to meet us, and once again congratulated Pete on how he had made him look ’10 years younger’!
Visit Magic 828 AM’s website: magic828.co.za and tune in every weekday from 3-7pm to hear Dave Guselli on the Magic Drive.