Monday, December 21, 2009

How to draw caricatures and cartoons, Lesson 4:

Draw this girl until you can draw her exactly as she appears.

Yes, it's almost the same exercise as lesson one. Everything is in about the same place on a woman's face as on a man. But there are some subtle differences: A thicker line for eyelashes, softer eyebrows, fuller lips, smaller chin, rounder jaw.
Again, this is the average face. Make this your template, you can draw almost woman from this base.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What went wrong?

Here's something that happens:
I drew this caricature of Matthew McConaughy without a shirt. So far so good, right? But I've been putting this up at work for about a week now, and about one out of every three passers-by will say "Hey! Look! It's Owen Wilson!"
Seriously? I gave him kind of a big nose, because he has kind of a big nose, but to me, this doesn't look like Owen Wilson. It looks like Matthew McConaughy.
This happens to every caricature artist. The work we think is our best isn't, and the work we think is our worst turns out okay after all.
But really? Owen Wilson?
Have an opinion?