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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