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Anime Babies

Posted Oct 2019

I'll be drawing Caricatures at a 1-year-old's Party this Weekend. So I figured I'd look at some Anime for inspiration. Not that I would be drawing Anime. Actually, not sure How it would be affecting me. I just figure that Anime has a lot of Big Eyes that people like for their Babies.

Then I drew some random Baby faces just anywhere on the page. The first Caricature was still inspired by the Anime I looked at. I imposed those big oval Eyes onto the face, and it worked.

But it felt uncomfortable to just draw the same eyes for each baby. And the 2nd Caricature that I drew really didn't lend itself to that eye-shape. It still came out good, still looked like it was inspired by Anime.

Then there wasn't really any room left on the paper, but I wanted to draw more. I drew 2 more babies (small), and I dropped my Anime idea. It's a good idea, but it loses its appeal if I feel like I have to impose a standard Anime face onto each Baby. Babies, like all people, have all sorts of expressions and uniques.

I feel like it was good to expose myself to Anime. It might or might not affect my drawings.

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I love to show my Pictures. I love to look at my Pictures.

Posted Oct 2019

I wish it didn't take so long to post pictures of my Caricatures. I wish I could show them all ~ as soon as I make them.

Here is a smattering ~ just a few of the Caricatures that I drew at a recent Community Event. It was such a lovely day. Perfect weather, perfect people, and me drawing Fun Pictures.

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Reinventing the Wheel. Again.

Posted Sep 2019

Time off tonight. I figured I would like to just draw some simple shapes.But I didn't just draw shapes. As soon as I picked up the Color stick, I thought my shapes into face parts.

My background is Realistic Painting, not in Linework. I always started with a Toned Canvas. So I decided to get a slice of brown craft paper to start again.

Not as bad as before, but not as fascile as it should have been. t's hard to imagine how the light falls on such a complicated structure as a face when you have one there to look at with controlled lighting .

It's my experience with Party Caricatures that the toned paper is only used for darker skin-toned people. Even light skinned people also have a skin tone when you're Painting them. They're not White, like White Paper. Maybe it's because we exaggerate when we draw Caricatures, like Light is almost White, so we leave it white? I don't know how it came about. But sometimes it's just easier to do what' expected.

So I started to make up a face. Again on white paper. But I decided to use a midtone color stick for the background. (also not a good idea ~ back to the paper conundrum some day). Anyway, I drew a light/midtone blue around 'the face area' before starting. I guess it's 3-dimensional. I don't really like it, but it will probably have a good effect on subsequent Caricatures that I will be drawing at Events. After I suffer the questions, I make better pictures.

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from Portrait to Caricature

Posted Mar 2019

I'm sorry! I planned on making a nice Pencil Portrait of this beautiful, smooth, normal-looking girl ~ a lovely girl that I Caricatured at a recent Party. But alone in my Studio, time off, I ended up playing around with the Shapes. The real girl isn't crazy. And she doesn't look crazy. But we can do these sorts of things when we're drawing pictures. Art is Play.

I'm thinking that the reason for doing our own linework/placements for 'Realistic' Pencil Portraits might be because we would see the needed 'exaggerations' when the linework doesn't look right. So it's a way to determine what makes the drawing look like this unique face.

I started this as a New Pencil Portrait. Using an excellent reference Photo from a recent Party ~ Where I Caricatured this lovely girl. Because it was still at 4,000 pixels ~ which makes a big difference when you want to see details.

And this time I decided to get the basic linework right before going in with the shading. Making Sure to Leave Out the Highlights because that's better than erasing i wish i was working in oil paint but i don't feel like taking That out. Anyway I gave myself 1/2 Hour to work on this Pencil Portrait. I didn't get far.

I made 3 Starts in that 1/2 Hour. (I tried to make them Darker in PhotoShop so I could post them here.) I loved the likeness in the first one, but it's too big. I feel like Portraits look grotesque if we make them too big ~ unless we're drastically Simplifying the shapes. So I did the linework a 2nd time. Still too big ~ because I approached it the same way. Quickly aborted that attempt, and did the linework a 3rd time. It's a better size, but the 'face' should be longer.

I used my eraser to adjust that.

Then I decided to Change my Approach. Simplify. I spent another 1/2 hour determining the placements ~ bouncing off the Basic Face Proportions of some mystical 'average' face. I didn't trace. I didn't grid. Because I wanted to Experience this for real. Which is why I got away from 'Portraiting'.

But I did print out the Reference Photo in B/W. 8 1/2 x 11.

This did two things. It made it more likely that I might draw Smaller (a little?) on my 11 x 17 paper. And it made it possible to determine my values using my own homemade value scale.

I know I started out to make a Portrait, but I couldn't stop noticing the upturn of the 'eye' that was in front of my left hand. So I decided to do this modeled Portraity Style of Caricature.

I tuned the renegade eye almost vertical. Then I decided to flip it over altogether. I made the lips curvier and wider, front teeth bigger. I carefully determined my lights and darks.

I looked at it. Decided that the lower part of the face got too narrow ~ making the 12 year old girl look too old. So before blending and developing, I widened it out.

Then I started the fun part of this process.

I spent another 1/2 hour blending it out and developing the shapes. Ooooh ~ I didn't want to stop. But I'm trying to get in the habit of sleeping at night. So I had to cut my drawing time short. Picture unfinished

The Next Next Afternoon:

Shouldn't I be working on my taxes?? But no. Here I am again. For 1/2 Hour. Because I saw this unfinished Caricature here.

Dagnabbit. Is 1/2 Hour up already?

I really Need to Do Nothing for 1/2 now before going to the Dentist. Maybe I'll bring this project along with me to the dentist.

ad then that Night:

at Starbucks ~ I choose to call this Caricature finished.

I liked drawing it, but I don't like looking at it. I'm wondering if perhaps this is Not the best approach for Caricatures (although I'd feel glad to do it again if anyone ever orders a Caricature to be drawn like a Pencil Portrait).

Wondering if I can lol Wondering if I can stick to Portraiting if I feel like doing this sort of drawing again

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