Family Caricature Portrait

In late Autumn 2016 I was approached by a client to deliver a caricature based family portrait. The client had a series of photographs as reference, but the one stated as the key one, had issues with the male head position. So, after some preliminary sketch work I finally managed to blend two photo references together in order to make the piece work. The sketch was a slight alteration from the photo, and to make the rendering easier, I removed the background.

The end result was loved and framed as a gift to the family.

File size: 667Mbs/1.78Gbs (open)
Layers: 32 uncompressed
Dimensions: 21000x15000px
Hours (Pencil): 14hrs
Digital rendering: 26hrs

The Pre-render sketch
The final render


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.

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