What was I thinking – a caricature nightmare?

Caricature

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.

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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!