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Unlabeled Vision

Posted Jun 2020

I don't respect Caricatures that are just kinda stereotyped eyes, nose, and mouth on a face shape. That's like 3rd-grader's artwork (please Excuse this generalization). 3rd grad is a time when, because of their comfort with Reading alphabet symbols, their artwork gets symbolized. Symbolic. Certain lines represent certain sounds. And other lines represent certain Pictures.

So just go forward or back. Trying to break away from that, I try to focus on what I really see (but oh eye-function is also connnected to the brain, but that's another story). I try to focus on either See what a Camera would see, or I try to let myself get back to a pre-reading mentality ~ to draw like a 2-year-old. Neither sybolizing 'the face', nor symbolizing the Shapes that we'd see in a photograph. But getting back to that nebula of pure unlabeled vision.

I find this sort of fine-featured face difficult to Cariature ` especially in the Front View. But that's all I saw as I watched this woman speak on YouTube. I guess I could have emphasized the op-shape of her nostril ~ because it's 'different' ~ but that didn't really affect me. So I didn't force a 'funny' by doing that. Unnecessary. I don't have to make anyone laugh.

There I was, pen moving as usual. While watching YouTubes. I tried to 'save' my first picture by adding in a little Color. The Artwork is so Plain ~ almost as bad as the Caricaturists that 'fill in the blanks. But good. It looks like her. Then I tried the simplistic approach differently in the 2nd picture that I drew here. Giving up, Not Outlining. Not setting up for 'the blanks', and I felt like this 2nd drawing is so much more organic. Evolved. Confident. Not bored.

But eeeks. When I look at the final Results, the 2nd one doesn't necessarily Look Better than the first one. Only different. Complicating my life to Be a Real Artist ~ is just making my job harder. It was to just draw the first Caricature.

If I could REALLY get back to the Pre-Symbolic Brain, that would have been worthwhile. For me. If I ever felt like taking the Tiiiiiiime and Effort for it. But the Result would not have been Saleable. And it would not have been usable at a Party ~ when I have to Produce (how many can you do per hour?), and I have to connect with my audience (can't only focus inwards). So I wonder ~ why bother with the 'better' vews that are usable commercially ~ ~ when I could just as well 'just do it'

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Ahhhhaha

Posted Feb 2020

Aaaaaahhh. Or should I say Ahhhhaha . . .

I made an Easy Pleasant Caricature drawing today. Exaggerated.

and then..... Ah ah ah. I drew it again. I've recently been feeling shackled by the requirement of eyes, nose, mouth ~ so it felt good to break away from that

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Making my Visions Visible

Posted Dec 2019

This is more what I had in mind for the upcoming Caricature Event for Cirque. I practiced this at home with a reference photo from a previous Party. Colorful and Playful. Hmmmmm....... I'm wondering now if it is enough.

Good thing I try out my ideas firt at home. For example, I photographed this Caricature before adding the darker accents. And the biggest thing I learned is that, regardless of whether I use this Simple Style or not, I would Not want to Color whole areas with the Markers. In the 2nd picture, the darker-yellow triangles were colored with the yellow marker. It looks blotchy and it felt difficult. I switched to the yellow color-stick to continue coloring the triangles. Much better.

This is the sort of stuff I like to do before a unique Event. Checking out what I think are great ideas. So I'm not taken by surprise when I'm 'On'

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Preparing

Posted Dec 2019

Getting ready for one of this week's Events. I was hired to draw some Fun Colorful Caricatures. That's my thing. That's what I like. But since I've been toning down a little lately, I figured I should warm up before this upcoming Event. I felt like it was going to be easy.

I chose a photo at random from my website ~ I don't look for the best one for the job because I can't choose which people will sit in front of me at Parties either. I just have to make it happen regardless of what the person looks like.

Turned into a bigger study project than I expected.

First, I got my basic idea for the Caricature to have a wide mouth, and I figured I would do a quick Predraw ~ just for the placements. First pass (peach colored) didn't squash the face enough, so I redid it in pink ~ still didn't squash it down enough.

Started a 2nd drawing. Too high with the pink predraw, so I moved it down with a blue predraw. Hey ~ I didn't leave enough room for the big hair ~ which was so obvious to me (That's what my focus was at the Party where I originally drew this woman.

Start again. 3rd page. Nope. I did the Same Thing. No room for the Hair.

Still not enough room for the hair on the 4th paper.

Better on the 5th paper where I finally did only a little bit of a predraw. But I wanted to turn the face to be more of a 3/4 view, and I didn't quite Do it. I did like the Eyedea to make the eyes more Star-like. It's the right idea for this upcoming Event.

So on to the 6th paper. Front view? 3/4 view? I can't even tell What I was doing here. And the exaggerations are done, but not very strongly. It's like I didn't have the confidence to really Do it. And increasing my Idea about the Stars for Eyes? Didn't work afterall. Hard to look at. btw, you probably can't tell from this photo of my Caricature, but I tried to fix up the eyes by using White Sharpie Paint Marker. Looked plenty white when I applied it, but then it dried to practically nothing (except mushing up the black). It would probably feel better if I shook the marker more, but I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to use that.

By the 7th paper, I finally really skipped all that Predrawing drawing. I Have to know what to draw by now. I just put in 3 guidelines for the 3/4 view face. But I forgot to 3d it.

8th paper ~ Maybe better re 3/4 3d, but i messed up the nose. I meant to keep the center of the nose thin and straight, just widening the bottom of the nose to stretch along with the mouth.

9th paper ~ Yay! I finally got something that I like. Did I stick with the likeness that I was originally focusing on? I don't even know anymore. I just felt so caught up in my picture's development.

Why oh why oh why oh why oh why is it that as soon as I touch on one thing, I get a reason to switch to something else. I guess that's why they call it art Work.

I really wanted to continue with the Digital Caricatures tonight, but I also have to get ready for this week's other jobs. The one I focused on tonight is actually very exciting. It's for Cirque. I was hired to draw Fun Colorful Caricatures.

So the first thing I did was to put together a palette of Bright Colored Markers. I just knew that that was the direction to go in for this Event. I got my striped hat and socks, and my bright markers, and..... Yes! This is what is Fun!

But I didn't use my Colored Markers. Because the first reference photo that caught my eye at my website ~ it did Not lend itself to that idea. So what to do with it? I stay with it because I can't control who will sit for a Caricature at the Event. It's good practice to deal with it.

Got it. Not with the Bright Colors, but still quite Cirque-like. Balancing and Quirky.

I felt like the Caricature was finished, but I could do more with the Artwork. I decided to add a Dark Line aroud the edge of the forms. As soon as I messed up the Dark Line, I figured ~ Ahah! When it's done, it's done, and Stop. Good learning experience.

But now that I'm looking at it, hmmmmm...... maybe I do like the heavier black line afterall. Oh judgements. I just do whatever I do. And this is what I did tonight. Aaaahhhhh

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