Monday, February 13, 2006
Well since everyone else has a blog, I guess it's my turn.
Sometimes when I start getting in a drawing rut by drawing my own cartoon characters over and over again I look to my favorite cartoonist for inspiration and new ideas. God. He is the funniest designer in history.
Cartoonists tend to get trapped in their own cliches after a while and the best cure for that is to do caricatures. But the trick for me is to empty my mind of preconceived notions of what caricatures should look like.
I love Mort Drucker and Hirschfeld and Covarrubias and used to copy them when I was a kid. But I quickly realized that trying to interpret what someone looked like through another artist's eyes just complicated matters.
I learned that my "style" should be the style of the person I am drawing. I try as hard as I can to tailor my drawing to the subject in front of me, rather than a preconceived style of caricature.
When I started doing this, I began finding all kinds of new shapes and forms which I could then in turn apply to my character designs.
I have 2 basic goals when drawing a caricature:
1) Make it look like the person
2) Make it funny
I don't always achieve these goals but that's what I strive for.
Here are some drawings I did of the most beautiful people on the planet.