What was I thinking – a caricature nightmare?

What was I thinking – a caricature nightmare?

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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.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][before_after before_image_id=”16773″ after_image_id=”16774″ width=”874″ angle=”0″ return_on_idle=”true” arrows=”true” arrow_color=”#ffffff” arrow_gap=”10″ arrow_offset=”5″ before_caption=”Render” before_caption_color=”#ffffff” after_caption=”Sketch” after_caption_color=”#000000″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”16775″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][before_after before_image_id=”16776″ after_image_id=”16777″ width=”874″ angle=”0″ return_on_idle=”true” arrows=”true” arrow_color=”#ffffff” arrow_gap=”10″ arrow_offset=”5″ before_caption=”Render” before_caption_color=”#ffffff” after_caption=”Sketch” after_caption_color=”#000000″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]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![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

5 Comments

Rosa Félix
April 25, 2017 7:45 pm

Interesting, where is the line between a caricature and a portrait? Well you really did a very good work on the redemption. There is another redemption though. 😉

adminRPS
April 25, 2017 7:48 pm

Which is?

Rosa Félix
April 25, 2017 7:56 pm

The same subject twice. 😉

adminRPS
April 25, 2017 7:54 pm

I think it shows that when you follow an image of a person exactly then this would be considered a portrait. Whereas if the features were exaggerated (even oh so slightly) then this would need to be classed as a caricature.

Rosa Félix
April 25, 2017 7:57 pm

Exactly, and it shows how you have grown as a caricaturist.

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