Friday, February 17, 2006

Evolution of a Caricature



When I caricature someone I haven’t done before it takes me a few tries to get an exaggerated likeness.

Usually the first drawing is very conservative or realistic.


Here’s a photo-accurate drawing of Hollywood’s most gorgeous couple (actual size).
Once I start to become familiar with my subject’s features, I then can gradually get more exaggerated, but it takes quite a few tries till I get something that’s worth looking at.


Sometimes it helps to think of what animal the subject is most like. Obviously Tom is just like a turtle. Katie reminds me of a cute man-eating bug.


See the bug sniffing it's soon-to-be- turtle-lunch.



Here's thesilly bug by itself.


Soon I'm starting to feel comfortable with my subjects. I know them intimately. I worship at the same bizarre church.



By this time, I know them a little too well.



Eventually-and this is my goal (dwg-9)-I know the subject so well that I can draw him from memory without a photo or the person in front of me. Now I can do a more cartoony, simplified caricature because I'm not distracted by a lot of details in front of me.


Come back soon and see my analysis of Angelina and her herd.

By the way, comment as many times as you like and encourage all your pals to do it too-and don't forget Granny! I need her input.

The more comments I get, the more likely some genius will come along and realize that lots of fans equals a good reason to make cartoons for them!

Hey someone explain to me why the pictures won't line up with the text even though I put them together in my posting window. Goddamn computer programmers...

IMPORTANT DEMAND: Hey all you upstart would be caricaturists out there! Now that you know how to draw Tom and Katie, show me your versions!! and send links so that all bloggers can love you as much as I do.

80 comments:

daveB said...

thems are the best drawings i ever sawn!
but seriously - i'm sitting at my mac cracking up at the tomkat caricatures
I'm a huge fan (of your work - not tomkat)

BlackCapricorn said...

Better watch out or the Scientologists will put a cease and desist letter down on your caricatures!

Andvil said...

absolutely incredible.

Tom Dougherty said...

John, I'm serious. You could launch an animated network show based on your approach to these Hollywood types. There's a big wet tub of money out there waiting for this show, I'm sure of it.

Thanks for the early morning laughs.

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

This is a fascinating look into your process!
I've been a huge fan of your Tom and Katie drawings since I saw them on Katie's blog.
I know that if you did a big ass book covering all matters of cartooning I would pay a ridiculous amount of money. Look how much people shelled out for that tedious Richard Williams book or the umpteen books about Disney animation that Kookla, Frank and Ollie wrote!
The next generationof cartoonists needs this knowledge!
And you might make a few bucks on it in the process!
Just consider it, seriously.

Dustin said...

John, you rock. I was a wee one when Ren and Stimpy came out, and was effectively my first modern cartoon experience (by then, of course, I was well versed in the Warner Bros universe). Its awesome to see that you haven't sold out and evolved into a caricature of your former self. The lessons are fantastic, keep them coming!

The Dark Lord Omz said...

You rock man, I just found your journal. I've always been a big fan. I will stop acting like a fanboy now.

geenpool said...

your drawin's make me feel funny in my left back pocket. I love your work. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

You know what I want to see? A really mean and funny Avery inspired Hollywood spotgag cartoon like Hollywood Steps Out, with the caricatures by John K. He wouldn't even have to direct it or anything, just design the characters in that 40's style.

-Jorge Garrido aka Daffy Duck (motlos.com and billywest.com)aka Toonami

Boris Hiestand said...

dammit John, you make Tom Cruise look like a real asshole. very good stuff.

Here's a link you'll be needing a lot:

http://borishiestand.blogspot.com

love the blog!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of which, John, have you ever heard of Max The Mutt animation school in Toronto? I'm trying to find good animation colleges in Canada, preferably Ontario...I'm also thinking Sheridan. What'd you think?

P.S. Katie Holmes is still hot...

-Jorge Garrido

Morly said...

I will continue to check your page daily, so keep up the phenomenol work! The fact that there is so much crap animation on TV right now and that John K. is not is ridiculous. If you're reading this and you have those deep pockets John needs (well, actually, he would need the money in your pockets...the pockets themselves would be useless), contact him about producing a new show! Keep up the great work, pal!

mattie said...

Ren and Stimpy was the first cartoon I saw. Ever. I love it to bits and your artwork...

I worship at the alter of your genius.

(not to sound creepy or anything)

C. A. M. Thompson said...

I think you should just hit the return key and skip a space and put the captions under the drawings. Blogger gives you a pretty skinny window to work with, so when you try to put stuff beside an image it screws everything up.

Incredible drawings by the way! Keep posting them.

makinita said...

MAN!! your cartoon process Rocks !!! heheh so funny and informative :) ill get right on that tomkat caricature heeh

awesome blog Johny boy !!!

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

these are just oozing with even more of your signature awesomeness John.

I absolutely love how you'ev portrayed Mr. Cruises' ol Schnozzola here... christ he's only practically a few centimeters shy of a bad Jimmy Durante impersonator in a few of these.

I for one will definitely be taking a shot and a caricature of these two very soon and will post the link to my blog once it's up for all to see.

Thanks again for continuing to be my daily B-12 shot of inspiration.

the clownninja said...

word-mutherf*ckin-up. thanks for the schoolin. Maybe the major studio system needs a bloody revolution. check my art out if you get a chance.
i'm not even gonna say i'm a fan, 'cause it should be assumed.

Jakob Lodwick said...

These drawings are some of the most fascinating caricatures I've ever seen.

I actually want to go deeper into their lives. Imagine if Tom & Katie's behavior were put through the same filter that his image was put through.

John, it's great to see that you're still evolving.

Eric C. said...

John,

When you said to never draw a drawing that you've drawn before.

That's like the more you do the same exact thing, the more boring it gets. But If you did want to do it again. Make it 10 times better than it was before or give it a twist that you didn't get a chance to do before. Right?

_Eric

Eric C. said...

Bye the way,

Awsome drawings.

_Eric

akira said...

Why don't you make a new "how to make cartoons" book, or series of books. we've got preston blair's book, i know, but i think that you need to do something to balance the influence of books like "Illusion of life" and richard williams' thing.

keep posting, i've missed spumco.com, but this is worth the wait!
-akira

Paul said...

Hey John,

I love that you have a presence on the web now and if posting a few comments will convince some sumbitch to give you money then I'm down for the cause.

durguitar said...

I didn't know you are a musician. I love the theme to R&S. What do you play and tell us about your band? Please keep up the post.

Chica said...

Great stuff. How about a medley of the super girls of the social media arena: Lindsey Lohan, Paris, Ashley twins and their male counterparts: CD AM, Navarwette, ashton k, Usher, Jamine Fox...

ridd1 said...

your toms are amazing. you should colour a few of these up. very nice job!

tim said...

Haha, Scientologists are funny.

As for the pictures not aligning with the text, if it allows you to construct your posts in HTML simply put a align=left in your image tag, follwed by the text, then place a <.br clear=left.> (without the periods) after the text that is suppost to align with the said picture. Repeat for each :)

Sr. Moska said...

Hey John I'm still wondering if there's a way to see again the george liquor show on internet!!!

Great drawings, you're the man!

His Majesty said...

Your king demands more artwork. As a certified monarch, we have the authority to do that. Don't question it.

Also, your king demands all your gold. But we are willing to waive your gold tax, as long as the cartoons keep coming.

Let it flow through you, bloglander.

anhdres said...

hey john, first, i love to see the process you take to make what you do. it's the great thing about a personal blog.

regarding the images placement, you could: a) change the template to be wider on the posts area, or b) put a br tag after each image so that the text always starts below and not besides it.

job mudflap said...

here's a list of other people i'd like to see:
oprah
vp dick cheney (hunting of course)
rosie o'donnell
ellen degeneres

i think you could do them all "justice"

ps: glad you started a blog

CORKY said...

I'll try to draw the TomKat's..I'm lookin ta do alotta caricatures fer today, heeyuk!

Hey, you should make one of those online petition thingys and everyone can sign it!!

http://www.petitiononline.com/petition.html

-CORK

CORKY said...

OH OH and check out this weird flash cartoon I found HA!

http://www.liquidgeneration.com/content/a55hat.aspx?cid=1629

Take care,
-CORK

Jeff Pidgeon said...

Hysterical drawings! They made my morning!

Anonymous said...

I support this Ron and Stampy guy (don't remember his name, Chuck something). More Ron and Stampy cartoons please! You should update them like WB did with Looney Tunes, so they are in the future, day-glo, and Xtreme! Oh that those doodles of the celebs are humerous, just like Ron and Stampy!

Art F. said...

Frappin' awesome, John! Good stuff!

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Josh Boelter said...

Great caricatures! I hope you get the funding you’re looking for to do a new show. As someone who’s trying to find funding to make my first indie film, I know how tough that is. I would have thought it might be easier for you given the work you’ve done in the past. I can understand why investors are leery of me as an unproven filmmaker, but John K? Come on, give the man some cash.

Anonymous said...

I just found another caricature blog:

http://mugz2006.blogspot.com/

dane said...

Amazing work John, I saw your retrospective in Melbourne a few years ago and was totally blown away!

akira said...

i think if you would have put tom cruise (and/or other known celebrities) in the R&S adult party show instead of Ralph Bakshi, it might have been a little more successful.

i was so excited for that show (the Return of Ren and Stimpy) and then sooo disappointed. what the heck happened? it was like watching independent film channel cartoons or something... more like the games R&S's... i'm not talking about the drawings, just the pacing and (train of thought) storytelling... maybe i missed the good episodes but the two part Bakshi episode really made it seem like you lost it or were out of touch... maybe that's why you're having trouble getting more cartoons produced...

anyways i still love ya,
akira

KosmicFreeway said...

You are my hero. All hail you!!!

Clarke Green said...

John - Love your work, etc... Genius, gush, gush etc. -- Humble, humble, etc

My Tom and Katie:
(it's a quickie, it's humble, humble etc.)

Clarke Blog.

Taco Jack said...

You nailed Cruisester's schnozz. I think that's why you rarely see him onscreen in profile. I can't wait to see the Brangelina post. By the way, why are we all concactenating these glam couple names like we're hosting Extra! ? Oh, well, keep up the amazing work.

Clay Sisk said...

My god I can't help but laugh when I look at those...They are incredible!

--Clay Sisk
www.siskart.com
www.studiosiskartproductions.com

JohnK said...

Hi Akira

I agree with you about the timing of Firedogs 2. It sucks!

But then so does the timing in some of the 1st and 2nd season Ren and Stimpys.

But I do know that when I run these cartoons in theatres, the crowd goes nuts. The same way they did for Man's Best Friend and Stimpy's Invention.

We ran Stimpy's Pregnant and Naked Beach Frenzy last week at The House Of Blues and people were screaming all through the cartoons.

But I've made some stinkers for sure, and not everyone likes the same cartoons as everyone else.

Many have told me that RenSeeks Help is the best one ever.

Everyone has their own favorites and ones to hate.

That's why we are humans!

I hope you will find some of the Lost episodes to your taste. Some have told me once they were past the shock of Onwards and Upwards they saw it again and started seeing all the jokes they missed the first time.

That's happened to me with many old cartoons.

We're always trying, Man!

mark said...

im crazy about tex avery cartoons, so the R&S i just got is right up my alley. i'm sad i missed out seeing it on tv back then but now we have DVD right? it was great to see you involved with commentary on the Looney Golden Col.

Tyler said...

Love it!

Piotr said...

Awesome breakdown John! Thanks for the tips, I've been drawing my self so many times I can do it from memory as well. I'll post some of those up on my blog soon. I've got a few there already.

Check em:
http://sketch-stretch.blogspot.com/

666 said...

[img]http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4525/2278/320/06tomkatie06.jpg[/img]

HAHAHAHAHAH!!! Genius!

tront said...

John K Thanks for the lesson, I followed your instructions and posted my 'results' on my OWN blog:

Drawing Assignment

lego/ cashman said...

I'm really glad I found your BLOG, keep it coming thou god amongst pen & paper people!!!

cheers,
G

asiangarden said...

ROFL, I love the way toms nasal passage is taken over the picture

Matt Greenwood said...

img227.imageshack.us/img227/7172/holmes4ke.png

I did a quick Katie Holmes caricature.

Jonny said...

You're one of the reasons I really got into drawing as a kid.

As a member of the Spumco Secret Membership Lodge, I'm was wondering when the next newsletter would come out?

Anyways, you deserve the support of big shots with deep pockets. I would buy any book you publish and watch any cartoon you produce.

A full-length feature wouldn't be bad either :)

Cheers,
Jonny

CORKY said...

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6782/2008/1600/tomkat.jpg

Here you go meester

Makinita said...

OK mr K heres my homework i sure had tons of fun doing it eheh hope u like :)
http://www.deviantart.com/view/29227139/

Ben Lane said...

Welcome to bloggin'. Hopefully, you'll stick around for a while.

Heres my tommy n' k.

http://weezl.blogspot.com/2006/02/tom-k.html

Charles Brubaker said...

Neat stuff, John.

BTW, with all the controversy over the Mohammad cartoons, think you can caricature him just to stir up this blog? ;)

lastangelman said...

John K:"Hey someone explain to me why the pictures won't line up with the text even though I put them together in my posting window. Goddamn computer programmers..."

Ah, that has been my lone bitch about Blogger. I'll send an SOS to the techies who maintain the site, perhaps tey can do an upgrade or a patch.

Anonymous said...

brilliant!

love Ren and Stimpy

Mr Atrocity said...

OK, I'll bite, here's my effort...

http://renaissancemonkey.blogspot.com/2006/02/tom-and-katie.html

Please keep up the good work, John. It's inspirational and hugely amusing (is there a better combination?)

Let us know how many comments we need to leave to persuade the networks to commission a new series of anything you like...

SDK said...

Awesome to see that you have a blog!

CORKY said...

John I decided my first caricature of TomKat SUCKS so here's a better one..I hope:

TOMKAT!!

Mike Thompson said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH...snort....snort....HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA....wheeeez....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...cough....hack...snort...wheez!!!

Mike Thompson said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Ross Radiation said...

well, I had a go at producing my own Tom & Katie caricature, this is the first time I have attempted a caricature in a long long time...
My caricature
I think there is plenty room for improvement.
Ross

Ross Radiation said...

Oh, and I just wanted to say, I have been really enjoying your posts, John... They are inspiring and entertaining!

droopy d said...

Another quick question for Mr. K,

Do you have a secret crush on Mike Barrier?

JohnK said...

>>Another quick question for Mr. K,

Do you have a secret crush on Mike Barrier?

I'm thinking of doing a review of his head.

Soop said...

Here's my caricature: link I know it loos like I've just uploaded a photo, but it is in fact a drawing. Notice how Toms eyes twinkle with mirth to the delight of his fans. I also realise that I've improved upon your drawing in one important point - Tom Cruise actually has 3 middle teeth. True.

Soop said...

I'm serious too - I can't believe people don't go on about this more: look

Jack Ruttan said...

Part of the thing that happens, is if I see a really brilliant caricature, like your Paris Hilton, it's hard to get out of my mind. So I'm drawing the caricature, rather than Paris.

My likenesses are really crappy, but I'm learning!

Vincent Perea said...

Go to:
http://static.flickr.com/36/101909959_3b46c39fcf.jpg



A little delayed but here he is. You know everyone always draws his nose huge. Rightfully so but man this boy has a set of choppers on him that could bust through a wall.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. With your funny accompanying text, this update should be titled "the caricaturist's steady descent into madness." Great work, J!

Aimee Nester said...

Wow. I almost passed out when I found your blog!! I still watch Ren & Stimpy (almost every night). I'm amazed at how innovative the art is. You were creating alot of what is now copied in the cartooning field (like isolated facial movement and the retro style feel of the characters).
Any way, I loved the Angelina drawings. I cartoon as well. I'm in the process of getting a new scanner to put some stuff on my blog: luckyseraphina.blogspot.com
right now im featuring some artists from the DeviantArt collective.
I love how you depict these celebrities everyone takes soooo seriously!

david lewandowski said...

john k - no. 7 is my desktop wallpaper. I had seen it before when linked by a friend, but finally stumbled upon your blog. great work, love the art john!

mez said...

Here is my stab at Tom & Katie.
link

Avid Reader said...

What no picture of Tommie jumping on the couch?
These are terrific!

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