Saturday, July 30, 2011

Caricatures: the battle begins

Okay so, I can't seem to get the hang of these things! They're either too realistic, or I lose the likeness all together! It's driving me crazy! I'll get one or two decent ones, and then the next 20 of em will be terrible.

Maybe if I start with overtly "weird" faces, that will help. I'll have to try to find a book or magazine or something.

Here's some of what I've got, so far:

 haha this one is just from my head.
 Also from my head. Trying to draw a 'pretty' girl with weird facial proportions.
 Now we're getting into photo referenced ones.

I don't know who or what this thing is. It's horrible. Moving on...
 Not sure who this is either. She looks boring though. One of the 'too realistic' ones.
 This one is recognizable, but boring. ugh.
 Hahahaha I like the top one, actually. She has a great face to caricature!
 This was Carmen Electra. It doesn't look much like her, but it does have the distinction of being the first time I was able to force myself to really exaggerate the proportions.

 This might have been my first attempt all together, actually. Looks kinda like the actress, but very blah. No life or interest at all.

 Tried to push this one a bit further, but lost the likeness of the model.
 It's meeeeee. I don't know why I made my jaw so pointy. It isn't really like that.
 I like this one, but have thus far been unable to repeat the outcome.
babies are fun! I'm kind of sad that I messed up that ear.
boring again.

So yeah, that's that for now. Please give me advice, if you have any. I've been looking at examples, and reading up on caricature, and I always think that I've got it, but once I start drawing it's like I forget it all.


  1. I love the mouse baby. its the cutest. Im not good at caricatures, so i cant offer REAL advice, but i think your doing well when you exagerate the features; very caricature-like. I think youre drawing too realistically some of the time though. Maybe try drawing them with fewer lines/crosshatching etc, and keeping it super simple. The tiny pencil/pen strokes distract me and make it more realistic looking, if that makes sense?

  2. That makes complete sense. I just can't stop myself from shading! I've got to make more of an effort to slap my hand when I start hatching, I think.

  3. What happened to the one that you showed me? That one was pretty good.

  4. Oh geez, I must have missed it. I was having some trouble emailing myself the photos and had to send some twice.