Thursday, June 24, 2010

Warmups: Caricatures / Heart Throbs

I haven't done caricatures in awhile, so I thought I'd warm up by doing some of the current teen heart throbs.
Because you never know when Jeffrey might call me in to design the latest romantic emos for a picture.
As you can see, I'm out of practice.
I don't really know who these people are, but they certainly have interesting heads.
I love this head. I have been fascinated with it for some time now.

I recommend a generous diet of caricaturing for all cartoonists. It is a great way to break away from formulaic character designs and shapes because it forces you to take in new information that isn't already stored in the part of your brain that houses the stock animation shapes library.

These are what I would term "realistic caricatures". They aren't very cartoony because I am out of practice and I have never done these folks before. Usually what happens is that the more I study a person and the more I draw them, the simpler and more distinct they become.

33 comments:

ComiCrazys said...

Are those the Twilight douchebags?

JohnK said...

I think the one is.

The other is called Justin Beiber.

Zach Bellissimo said...

Ahahaha, the Beiber is great! I mean, your caricatures of him are great haha.

This post caught me at the perfect time, I've been in a caricaturing funk. Here's someone you may know: http://snaggle-toothsalad.blogspot.com/2010/05/frank-zappa-plus-tattoos.html

JohnK said...

Hi Zach

That's a cool Frank tattoo you designed.

I hung out with Frank for a bit while recording him for Powdered Toastman. he was a genius!

Zach Bellissimo said...

Thanks! And a genius he certainly was.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Nice Beiber

thomas said...

These are great.

I luv the tween with the Donald Trump slash Ted Koppel haircut.

RAD!

Pokey said...

I was thinking about,l off and on, doing the 1990s Spice Girls as a "Josie and the Pussycats" retro-70s band, but drawing them in two different styles:
The "Josie/Iwao Takamoto" style
The "Ed Benedict/early era" style..I'll see what I can come ujp with..if I can bring myself to do such a thing!!

Roberto Severino said...

Yuck! I absolutely despise anything that has to do with Twilight, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, or worse, Lady Gaga. You made all of these talentless hacks look great though, so good job on that part. Kids actually like that sissyfied, amateur stuff, John. Talk about not having taste. I hear it all the time from people at school. Makes me sick to my stomach.

By the way, stay away from their music at ALL costs, unless you really like listening to obnoxious, nondescript lyrics about breaking up with your boyfriend or a sexually charged reference every few seconds. Stick to listening to old Count Basie records and Beatles recordings. Trust me. My generation and their music already suck enough as it is.

The Free Republic of Rocco Bone said...

After playing around with the Blender 3d, I finally found some time to do some warm up drawings myself. God, I hate those tweenie boppers but when you caricature them, they look really... shmoopie. Shmoopie in the good, correct, masculine way I mean, Ehem.

Pete Emslie said...

Holy cripes, John - can't I tune in anywhere without having to look at that damn Beiber kid?!! I thought your blog was a safe haven!

If you desperately want Jeffrey to hire you to design the next animated metrosexual hero, you really should practice drawing that vampire dude from "Twilight". Make him real pretty to impress all the animation execs!

Paul B said...

We should work using Hierarchy in caricatures too?

Kristen McCabe said...

Superb John! I Love your Beiber-cature. It looks just like him.

Miley is one of the hardest people to caricature. Her most distinct feature seems to be her hair because her face is so bland.

RooniMan said...

Heh. Justin Beiber. What a joke he is, especially his last name. It should be "Beaver" because your likely to call him that cause his real last name sounds too close to it.

Anyway, nice caricatures, even though they're not up to your usual great quality.

Paul B said...

how long does it take you to finally get the right drawing? I'm doing some studies and geesh! it takes forever! it's really hard, specially wavy hairs!

Shawn Dickinson said...

Those are some great noggins!

patrick sevc said...

I'll never forget what you said a few years ago on here:

"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."

septemberboy said...

Hahaha, I knew that was Beiber. What a little douche. Caricatures always remind me of the time I designed the t-shirt for my old high school newspaper class, in caricature style. I had fun with it and might have even been a bit brutal here and there, but hey? what goes around comes around. They were happy with the design, overall,(i made sure to make my crush look extra tasty) but this one girl (she had a chipmunk face, quite endearing actually)but man, did she raise a stink! She must have had friends in high places because well, let's just say they wouldn't be needing my services the following year.

AdamLore said...

Justin Beiber! Ha

Excellent rendition, sir!

Oscar Grillo said...

I don't know if they are good caricatures but they are terrific drawings! Oskar Kokoschka would be proud of them!

Martin Juneau said...

This is very great and a great ressource, but this is not the peoples who influenced me so much. Those tweenies celebrities makes me sick too. I still like better The Beatles, Mick Jagger or real good peoples like that. Those are really genius.

JohnK said...

Thanks, Oscar!

I'm looking at Kokoschka's work now...

drawingtherightway said...

Great drawings! I've been thinking of trying some realistic drawings of people lately because I suck at drawing realistically! Especially after your last post that said we should practice things that we aren't good at. I've been looking for sources online that give advice on drawing people and have found that someone posted some old famous artists scans on their site. It's so intimidating because most sources tell you to know all the bones and muscles in the body. I have a terrible memory the way it is!

Timothy said...

Excellent post, John. Informative. Thanks a bunch.

Mitch K said...

These are fantastic!

Jorge said...

The trick to Mikey's face is that she looks like Dopey from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

Also, Taylor Lautner looks like a Hawaiian mongoloid. He looks like a real life Chris Sanders character. So does Pete Wentz.

Rafael said...

John are any of these for sale?

Jeff Read said...

I love that Miley. She looks like Vicky Pollard.

thomas said...

Doing these realistic caricatures is perverse. Cartoony ones would be redundant.
They are cartoons already.

Martin Juneau said...

"Yuck! I absolutely despise anything that has to do with Twilight, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, or worse, Lady Gaga. You made all of these talentless hacks look great though, so good job on that part. Kids actually like that sissyfied, amateur stuff, John. Talk about not having taste. I hear it all the time from people at school. Makes me sick to my stomach."

Hi Roberto! I know what you feel. But you forgot one terrible specimen aimed at today's teenagers; Kesha. She's song very badly, more agressively and don't know the sense of rythm. When i having almost your age even before, we having yet the band craze as Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, the awful G-Squads and Hanson (I know a friend of mine who support them in their concerts. The Hanson bros are at least more mature today than today's counterpart who don't have the mature age to perform.) and it's this time i start to find my research to classic cartoons materials after watching Looney Tunes a dozen of times on television.

BTW, i like John's caricatures but i will never idolised those peoples. I'm too much mature for that, still better the Mint music anyway.

ther1 said...

Most kids my age lust after these androgynous girly men-I despise them. They're part of a movement to effeminize boys and destroy real manliness.

It's getting so I can't find a man to talk to, just dorks with backwards baseball hats or spiky primary-colored hair. Even Spike Jones looks sexy compared with these femdrones (he actually didn't look half bad with his shirt off).

Ki Innis - (aka) Kimathi Roy John Innis said...

Nice!

I like that you're not hung up on doing "pretty pictures" but "honest" caricatures.

I think trying to do an "attractive" caricature can destroy the what you're trying to communicate with your subject.

Great. Very inspirational.

John Michael Pesina said...

Those Beiber caricatures are hilarious.