Peter Lenk

Turning a sculpture into a cartoon.

I came across a photo whilst browsing through my interests on Pinterest and I had to learn more about it as it made me laugh, smile uncontrollably and cringe quite a lot. It’s a relief made by sculptor Peter Lenk who has produced more of these and had them displayed all over Germany.
You can learn more about Peter Lenk by clicking here.

So having looked at all his sculptures I decided on this one below to be a challenge. My own sense of humour and the current events going on in my own country enticed me. The importance of making a photo manipulation of Peter Lenk’s relief was to get the peoples faces and expressions right. I didn’t worry too much about blending the heads in perfectly, I just had to find the right people with the right expressions. I think I found the perfect ones. Jeremy Corby’s face being a good example.

Here is my effort and the original Peter Lenk’s relief below that, hope you all like it.

Peter Lenk relief with my interpretation of it. Sharmishta Chakrabarti, Tony Blair, Emily Thornberry, Jeremy Corbyn, Bob Geldof.


















Ideas from; Sharmishta Chakrabarti, Tony Blair, Emily Thornberry, Jeremy Corbyn, Bob Geldof.




Peter Lenks relief sculpture


Another good example using poor ole Jeremy Corbyn again.


Scots guard

This was a great photo to work on but this Scots guard needed some careful work doing to it. A customer who is fairly local to me (Rochdale) wanted this picture restored so he could frame it and be placed with his medals. The Scots guard is actually his father and it’s wonderful to meet someone that still cares about our hero’s albeit his father. I’m guessing with all the recent commemorations going on that he went through his dads stuff and thankfully brought it to me for repair.
I completed this today and he picked it up this morning and I believe he was extremely happy with it.


Scots guard in need of my talents

Too much restoration

Is there such a thing a too much restoration? Yes of course there is. Most examples of this can be spotted easily as they look way too false which I have seen many times by another restoration artist who lives not very far from myself. Although he gets a reasonable amount of work he has a habit of drawing stuff into the picture to assist repair but the eye cannot be deceived, you can tell somethings wrong. I like to repair as much as possible and if I can’t grab or clone something I will search the net for something similar, never sketching it in.
Why too much restoration in this photo then? Well I have a habit of perhaps cleaning up things to make a picture nicer, like maybe dog dirt on the floor or a person walking by. In this case I removed some ‘leaves’ on the floor which I thought made it a lot tidier. When the customer saw the result he asked very politely “Is it possible to put the flowers back into the photo?” He wanted them in the photo to show a relative and ask if it was a particular flower that he thought he recognised. Easy to put back and in future I will ask before I remove something haha.



Too much restoration, go back and try again

Little cutie

I guess this little cutie was sat close to the heart of my customer where it suffered damage purely from wear and tare. Quite often we keep our nearest and dearest in our purses or wallets and that constant movement gives motion to that creeping damage that you don’t notice over the years. A bit like your cars brakes that don’t work as efficient as when you first bought it.
So I received this photo needing urgent attention and was asked if I could do anything with it. I had two photos to work from, unusually one of them had already been photo shopped but the customer obviously wasn’t satisfied with the result. In the end it wasn’t too difficult to repair, it was just a matter of time.
The customer got his little cutie back in time and when he called back to collect it he visibly gasped. Personally I’m not saying mine was that good a repair (I never like my own work) but if the customer reacts like he did I’m a happy man.


A little cutie in need of restoring