Thursday, July 08, 2010

Beautiful People 22


I'm fascinated by this girl's head. There are so many interesting departures from the ideal generic head shape that I'm having trouble figuring out which feature to focus on.
Every time I do something to one, it knocks another out of place.
It seems like there is a black hole in the center of her face that is sucking all the features towards the middle. That is very hard for me to capture.

I still haven't got it, but I'm determined to figure out just what is going on with that amazing head.

18 comments:

Roberto Severino said...

Maybe you should try....gulp....watching Miley Cyrus on that Disney Channel tween show Hannah Montana and try drawing her in different poses from an episode of that show, and then try caricaturing her interesting head. For something that goes against everything that Disney stood for, that channel sure has a lot of interesting teen heartthrobs to caricature, even though there's a lot of sap and formula behind the content of their shows. If you're too afraid to go that route, try finding some YouTube videos of her.

Ugh. I'm disgusted by what I said, but it's generally easier to capture someone's likeness if you can see them move in person or on TV.

Oscar Baechler said...

My theory: Disney plans for the long-term with its child stars, hoping they'll turn into Alanis Morisettes, Keenan Thompsons, what have you. People who have adult careers with Disney pedigrees.

It's hard to gauge how an obviously beautiful person can be marketed into his or her future; Might become successful, might just be in gum commercials. Instead, their current goal is to farm kids that turn into the strange-looking, memorable actors who have an angle of beauty, but are mostly just easily caricatured. In other words, they're hoping to grow the next Benicio Del Toro, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Julia Roberts, etc.

Hence, the abundance of fugly children who star on Disney shows.

Noel said...

All of a sudden you got tighter on these, and the hair is working better Also i see the skull under the hair as well. Your Caricatures are unique as well it's not like the others where everyone kinda does the same technique.

-jjmm- said...

I think she has pretty much one of those concave faces: http://www.treehugger.com/hannah-montana.jpg
Check this type of orangutans, may help for the head structure:

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/eeeb/shapiro/w3030/images/orangutan.jpg

http://naturescrusaders.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/orangutan-male.jpg

http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image_full/espana/photosvideos/photos/orangutan-en-la-isla-de-bangam.jpg

http://blog.gelattina.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/orangutan.jpg

thomas said...

With her, maybe personality is also important to capturing the essence.

If Sandy Cheeks on Spongebob, had an evil twin, its Miley Cyrus.

thomas said...

>>>It seems like there is a black hole in the center of her face that is sucking all the features towards the middle.<<<

Sorry to double post, but here it seems like you are describing another part of human anatomy, besides the face. Its usually thought of as being the opposite of the face.

Maybe this is the key to understanding Miley....

JoJo said...

Do you have any tips on balancing shapes in relation to caricature?

Damiano D said...

Hey John, I know this is off-topic from the caricatures you're drawing (which have gotten a lot better, BTW) but I was wondering if you know of 'Nu, Pogodi!'? I'm sure you do and was just wondering what are your thoughts on it?

Austin Papageorge said...

I think the last one you posted was the best one.

Alice no mundo de vidro said...

Yeeaah... I also think that the last one is the best, into now. :D

Zach Bellissimo said...

Her eyes and teeth are pretty big, I'd think to focus most on those. The last one looks the most like her in my opinion.

RooniMan said...

Ugghhh... Miley Cyrus. The epitome of talentless scumbags. I can only hope in the future that I can make fun of her in a piece of work I'll do.

Kingfish said...

They are all totally identifiable, though, and that's a pretty important part of it all!

Nate said...

"There are so many interesting departures from the ideal generic head shape..."

John when you caricature do you have a mental image of the generic head to compare the features of your subject against?

JohnK said...

Not really. I just let the person dictate what the shapes are.

Here's a good trick though.

Have 2 photos of different people side by side. Dart your eyes back and forth at them. You will see their features and head shapes jump around (or animate) and point out what is unique about each.

MacThorn said...

If you do take Roberto Serverino's advice for God's sake hit the mute button at least.

Albert said...

@Damiano D:

That's rather off-topic, wouldn't you think? Still, it'd be nice if someone could point out some Russian cartoons to John, so he can critique them.

Russia has a fascinating history with animation, in my opinion.

Albert said...

@Damiano D:

That's rather off-topic, wouldn't you think? Still, it'd be nice if someone could point out some Russian cartoons to John, so he can critique them.

Russia has a fascinating history with animation, in my opinion.