Thursday, October 19, 2006

Claire again

Accidentally slept in, so I figured I'd just throw some quick colour on one of the posts from yesterday. It's been a while since I posted any colour stuff anyway.

All this caricaturing has made me think of my old college summer job as a caricature artist. I remember thinking "awesome, now I can practice caricatures all day long"..... wrong. People weren't interested in what many of us think to be a caricature, they all just wanted something I'd liken to a permanent-marker face-lift, they didn't want to be exaggerated, they just wanted to look really hot.

I remember this one woman's boyfriend sat down beside her. She told him to move or he'd be in the shot... like I was some kind of automatic camera that would just keep drawing everything within range. Ha ha.

My other favorite story from that summer was that we also drew portraits (I use that word loosely, as we used cheapy chalk on construction board), the guy who owned the booth (and paid the artists minimum wage) charged 25$ for 3/4 or full face, and 10$ for profiles, because they are generally faster to draw. This one woman politely asked me one day after I explained the prices, that she'd like a profile portrait with a front view. Um...

Around the same time, I had this teacher at Sheridan College, Pete Emslie, who did the most amazing caricatures. It was amazing to watch him draw people, it was always so simply done and really seemed effortless. Anyway, good heavens enough rambling me, but be sure to check out some of the great caricatures on his site.

12 comments:

Mark Behm said...

Nice one. Love her red rimmed eyes.
Ah, the days of making "pretty caricatures". The best is when you'd get some guy who'd ask you to go crazy and make his big nose really big. 1 out of 200 in my experience.

Mish said...

she looks great! you totally captured claire.

i've had similar experiences, especially drawing girls. i never did caricatures for a living, but i've had people ask me to draw them, so i just make them look like a comic book super-heroette and they were happy.

Breadwig said...

I really like the color version of this drawing. I love the expressions you get in your drawings and paintings, beautiful.

BGOZ said...

Great colored version.

I often wonder about doing caricatures. As of yet, I haven't had a chance to do anything like that. That was a great website by the way. That must have been a fun class.

:)=

colin said...

I suck at caricature, even more than I suck generally. On the other hand, I always tend to super-hero(ine)-ize any subject I draw, so maybe I have a future in minimum-wage portrait drawing after I lose my job.

Tony C. said...

Back in High school there was a great caricaturist in one of my art classes. He would slack off for a bit, then do a sketch of one of the other students.

When the day came that he decided to do me, I was hunkered down working on a project I had to finish. So he sat across from me and sketched anyway. So I received a caricature of my arms, a pencil, eyebrows, and a nose all sticking out from the under the top of my backwards baseball cap. And you know, it captured me just right.

sarah said...

Thanks everyone!

Ha ha, I think if I had drawn people more like superheroes it might have been a more enjoyable summer job :)

Tony, do you still have that caricature?

tygriffin said...

Pretty!

Funny that you did portrait art during school, too - that was my first summer job when I started high school...worked at Six Flags Arlington drawing portraits and caricatures over by the Southern Palace. Outside. In the Texas heat...over 100 degrees 60+ days my first year (1980) - I poured ice in my shoes to cool off. Learned alot from the other artists, though; and you can't beat all that life drawing practice, heh.

Jeff Bunker said...

Sarah, I found my way over here from the Avalanche Blog. I really like your style. Nice work on your website, too.

Mark Engblom said...

I spent the summer of 1988 drawing caricatures at Six Flags Great America in Chicago, and what an experience it was. Lots of fun, but also many moments of insane irritation....like the bystander who asked "how to you play this game?". Uh....yeah.

Ethe said...

Nice! You know get the personal character of the person. See us

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