Archive: 2012-10 5 - 8 of 8 posts

What the Client Actually Wrote

Posted Oct 2012

I recently received the following email from a client who much appreciated the Outrageous Style that I've already developed:

Alison, You did a wonderful job entertaining the guests at my wedding. Not only were your creations wonderful but so were you. Thank you for working the Cocktail room and catering to the looong line of guests. You were a hit! Thanks so much! And I agree with her. I look through this blog and I feel very pleased with the happy fun good-likenesses that I've been making.

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Second-Guessing Myself

Posted Oct 2012

Why ~ Why do I spend so much time seeking the best ideas for my pictures? I recently received the following email from a client who much appreciated the Outrageous Style that I've already developed:

Alison, You did a wonderful job entertaining the guests at my wedding. Not only were your creations wonderful but so were you. Thank you for working the Cocktail room and catering to the looong line of guests. You were a hit! Thanks so much!

And I agree with her. I look through this blog and I feel very pleased with the happy fun good-likenesses that I've been making. But just because a Few people are 'afraid to jump into the water', here I am again ~ trying to second-guess myself. Trying to develop the Best 'calm-style' Caricatures that I can.

Here I drew two more Calm-Style Caricatures. Black/white. Nice. But I asked myself, would they be better with a little gray shading?

And once again, I find that I have to make Artistic decisions in the moment. I find that I can't really 'formula'. Can't 'always add gray shading on a Calm Caricature. No. Each decision has to be made specifically for the individual picture.

In this case, I like the gray shading on the dark-haired woman. Her lips even looked more like that slash. But I did not like the gray shading on the light-haired woman. She was supposed to look 'pasty'.

I feel driven to try all sorts of ideas. I still prefer my 'honest ~ in the moment~ Intense CAricatures'. But I want to be prepared to do the best I can for people who want something tamer.

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This is Real also

Posted Oct 2012

I felt inspired to develop yesterday's post a bit more. I liked the experience of drawing with a pattern. Of eyes, nose, mouth. I had thought that it would be ridiculously easy to draw a Basic Plain Face. As unartistic as washing dishes. But it turned out that it wasn't boring at all. This is surely Caricature. Just as much as the ones I usually draw.

My usual style involves being overwhelmed by some aspect(s) of the person, then using That to guide my drawing. So I don't have anything I can count on. Each face is a unique experience..... I don't know what I will be doing any more than my audience knows. I am letting them see me ' naked ' (poetically speaking).

This new approach that I embraced today is first based on a traditional approach to Portraiture. After predrawing the basic 'oval' with the standard cross-lines indicating proportions, I went to 'fill in the blanks' of eyes, nose, mouth. And I was pleasantly Wowed. Because the only way to 'fill in the blanks' well was to feel the Caricature. Still. Just like what I do when I do my Fun Party Style.

This quieter style is still Very Much Real Art. But it looks different, and it feels different. My usual style feels like I'm running a marathon with my eyes. This quieter style feels like I'm deep into meditation.

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Pleasing People

Posted Oct 2012

I just had an interesting experience. A girl wanted Basic Picture. Drawn with Black Marker. With eyes, nose, mouth. Nothing too wild. Nothing too exciting.

A real Artist who has evolved to the point that I have might have refused. Arrogant. I Know Better. But What's That???

Most people love the exciting Fun ~ not know what's going to come out ~ not knowing what the Artist is going to draw. But there are plenty of people who feel more comfortable with Standard Basic Picture. Not having studied the Art of Caricature as much as I have, they might need to 'Be Normal' (whatever that is). Or or they might be unable to separate their reality from my exaggeration.

While I enjoy my ability to do highly evolved Artwork, I do recognize that there are other things that are much more important. Like, like. What would Jesus do? He wouldn't worship Z'Ahrt ~

So I tried to please this girl. I gave sincere effort to drawing her 'plainly'. And I felt a little more evolved because she was pleased:

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