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Comedian

Posted Apr 2019

The guy was looking for a Comedian. I said "My Caricatures are Funny." He hired me. A Caricaturist's dream. But what to draw? Can I force 'Funny'?

To see how it might go, I Googled 'Faces of 30 year old men', and I chose the first picture I saw as a Reference. Because, as you can imagine, the people who post their Photos online are usually presenting themselves as Manly ~ these Faces could probably be used for the Cover of a cheap Romantic Novel. And I tried to impose 'Funny' on it. Hahaha ~ I'm laughing already. That's a Funny thing to do ~ not exactly standard Internet Entertainment. But here I am. And that's what I did .

But ummmm.... I have to draw Funny? I just draw what I see. It frequently comes out Funny because well, Sometimes things strike me as Funny. Sometimes it happens as soon as I see the Face ~ Sometimes it just Happens as I'm drawing along..... But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes nothing strikes me as Funny. I can't control that. I can't Make it happen. Caricature doesn't mean 'Funny'. And it doesn't mean 'Pretty'. It just means 'Exaggeration.'

I tried to Make Myself see it as Funny. What could I do that would be Funny? I jumped right in and drew the first picture here. IglyAngulyAghkGakGak. I got myself in check. "Don't draw so Scribbly, Alison'.

Then I tried it again. The 2nd one is much better. Even though I did not see it as a particularly Funny Face, I managed to make it a Funny picture.

I like the picture. But I feel that ~ by forcing myself to come up with Funny ~ I took away any chance of it happening Naturally. Took the Fun out of Funny

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Line Speeds

Posted Apr 2019

Oh my goodness. Last minute Events. Today is Friday. There I was intrigued by Line Speeds, when

a job came in for Saturday. In which I am supposed to draw just four 4-year-old Children as though they were the President of the United States. Very Detailed On-the Spot Pictures. My Client suggested things like the Oval Office, or Air Force 1, etc.

I got a lot of research to do. A lot of Presidential Picture ideas.

The first thing I did was to Google images of the Oval Office. I drew a picture just mapping out what goes where. Then I drew a 2nd picture because I don't want a dorky pichur with no pizzazz ~ no movement. And I liked how I included the 'Oval' to clarify Shapes for 4-year-olds who, like I did for many years, might wonder why they call the office Oval. But looking at the two pictures, I'm feeling like the first one ~ simple ~ just the answers ~ feels better?

I have quite a bit of experimenting to do like asap. But it would be a good idea to get some sleep, and have a date to go Swimming this afternoon, and I'm on for making Dinner, and the day just goes......

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What I'll Want at the Communion

Posted Mar 2019

Okay. After 3am already, and I hadn't drawn a thing all day yet. I'll just do a Quick one ~ I should go to sleep already.

I Googled Communion Girls since my next booked Event will be a Communion, grabbed an old marker here in my Studio, and drew this Caricature.

What I learned is Make Sure to Have Fresh Pointy Markers at the Party!

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Mermaids & Mermen

Posted Mar 2019

My next scheduled Event is to draw Caricatures as though they were Mermaids and Mermen. Giving some thought to it ahead of time ~ the first thing I did was to loosely copy the Reference picture that my Client gave me ~ He wants them to look like that. Then I made my first attempt at applying it ~ to a random face I found online:

Nice. But I was feeling like I could have chosen better Proportions my own first pass at making one of these things. So I redrew it. Yes ~ I liked that. So I decided to play around with proportions some more and the next one (with the yellow background) became a little difficult for me to pull off ~ lol ~ you really wouldn't see much difference in the proportions, but it really did affect my internal concept.

Once again, I would expect that I would become more facile with it if I get more chances to draw them this way. It's more like a 'monster' ~ aka sea Creature. Not really necessary ~ the proportions of the first one that follows is fine. But I can probably mix it up a bit when I'm At the Event. Something I'll be able to play with. And that is what drawing is about, isn't it:

Hmmmm... now that I see my first 4 studies, I'm seeing that the Simpler ones that are mostly just Lines (without the Color) have a cleaner impact. I might go that route more. It's a good thing when I can preplan (if my Clients let me make my own decisions about things like whether or not to Color). I'd rather figure it out Before the Event than after.

Then I turned my attention to my Client's Reference picture of a Mermaid. Since I haven't had much dealings with either Mermaids Or Mermen, I really had to depend on what other people tell me they look like (Actually, I've Never met one in person). I simplified and drew the reference picture, and I got the idea. Then I made my own Mermaid based on a random Face that I found online.

Oh this one is getting Funny already ~ and I'm not even At the Event yet. Happy to be me ~ no matter what I'm drawing. Art is for Fun

Okay okay. Time to get real. People at Events like the Entertainment Art to keep moving. Gotta draw what is There ~ At the Party. So I'll just have a little time to add just what's needed to make them look like Mermen and Mermaids.

Practiced that tonight using random photos of faces that I found online. And while I was at it, I kept the exaggerations Small ~ because my Client at one of my other upcoming Events told me "all the 12-year-old girls and Pretty, and she wants me to draw them that way." Uh-oh. I'm hoping I'll be able to get some 3/4 views of the Girls.

~ and maybe I'll still get time to practice more exaggerations for the Mermaid/Mermen Faces ( the body/scene has to be similar to my Client's request).

When Clients ask me to draw other things besides What I See right in front of me, like at this upcoming Event where I'm supposed to draw everyone as Mermaids and Mermen, I start feeling like an Illustrator. Even though I was hired to draw Caricatures. So I tried to get it back into the Caricature thingy tonight.

I drew this practice Caricature. I feel happy with the picture, but I spent too long on it ~ because of all the details in the Hair. I would probably have to pull back on that part at the Event ~

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