Saturday Night Fever

Recently I have been getting some interest in knowing the process in which I work. Mainly, how I get from the idea to the completed work. This is mainly via comments gathered from the Celebrity Sunday series. Many people don’t believe I do the whole caricature in one day.

So, to break the myths of my artworks I am attempting to shed a little light onto how I get part of the process done. Recently I did a render of Leonard Nimoy, as part of the Celebrity Sunday Vintage series. I try very hard to do one every Sunday (hence the title). The belief from many is that I did these artworks over time and only presented them on Sunday as part of the weekly challenge I do, to win a tee shirt. This is not the case, and for Leonard Nimoy for example I started the rendering at 9.30am on Sunday 5th April, 2020, and completed the rendering at 13.25pm, the same day. Basically a work period of some four hours, with a minor break for tea.

So, when I say I try my best to complete the artworks in one day. This is generally the case for the actual digital rendering, as seen above of Leonard Nimoy. What I have to do however, is prepare the pencil sketch. One thing I really love doing is drawing in pencil, so I maintain the requirement to draw the rough artwork to paint over via pencil.

This pencil roughing out tends to be done on the Saturday afternoon/evening before the Celebrity Sunday render. This gives me time to find a figure I want to draw, do some research on the person, and find a decent reference candidate for the colours and lighting.

If I fail to do a decent sketch, or can’t think of someone I would like to do (I tend to only choose people I have a little respect for), then I cancel the Sunday render and have the day off. This has only happened on about 3 or 4 occasion. Also, since I have started the Patreon endeavour, I am having to set up my work area to allow for a time-lapse video to be recorded from my phone. This is so that the Patreon get a little extra content and see how I basically draw the pencil work.

The pencil sketches can take from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the face, as well as the provided reference. Luckily, after several years of doing this I have managed to get a little more competent at design the sketch quicker. The I started I was really finding it difficult to get some flow in the pencil work, and as an example, my Woody Allen caricature took a whole 3 days sketching to get right.

What my plans are for the future is to actually do a live rendering directly from the photo, without the need to do the preparatory pencil work. I have luckily built up a great library of PS Brushes that I have the scope for any rendering style and texture. So, that means more great things to come. Hope you enjoyed this little insight and look forward to the weekly challenge of guessing the celebrity, via my Facebook, Facebook Page and Twitter Profiles. Below I am sharing a rare look into the time-lapse that is usually reserved only for Patreon members.