What was I thinking – a caricature nightmare?


Sometimes when you start a new process you have to take small steps to see improvements. Taking the necessary critique from the viewing audience is a vital part of the process. I think after I completed my first version of Gillian Anderson, I really knew that the effort required in being good at caricatures comes from observational skills.


When I started doing caricatures some 2 years ago, I was a novice. I looked at some of the tutorials and advise about the subject and look it a bit to literally. The result was I stared at a picture of Gillian Anderson so hard, all I could see, was her strong jaw line. I decided to emphasis this, and as usual with my Celebrity Sunday caricatures I try to complete in the same day (Sunday), so I went with the sketch.

Little did I know the derision I would get from design the very beautiful Gillian in this manner. I tried to convince myself that a caricature was a caricature and that they were not meant to be flattering, but some time ago this year I saw a photo of here (above central), and knew I had to eat humble pie and redesign her.

Strangely, I found by accident that looking at my caricature of Monica Bellucci, that they had a commonality in their jaw line. So, to help myself a long I decided to use the basic form of Monica to design Gillian. I think it all came out rather well!


1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.