Day 21 and I have yet to do a good exaggeration caricature with good resemblance. This one (as so many other have) started out in the exaggeration direction, but still ended up too realistic for my purposes. Even adding the ape body didn’t help much.
I really tried going big on the exaggeration this time. I really did. I started out with this huge nose and a mouth that was way off to the side and tiny, sad, close-together eyes. But it did not look like him, and it bugged me. I ended up moving some things around, making the nose smaller, the eyes wider, the mouth closer and voila, I have arrived at yet another barely-exaggerated caricature. I was proud of the painterly rendering I spent a long time on, but even after all that the resemblance doesn’t jump out and say, “oh yeah, that’s him!” to me.
So here’s another one, and it’s a good thing I’m getting all this practice in, because apparently, I need it.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor was a given. I decided to draw him as Thor from the comics, since that costume works better in this style.
Day 12 calls for Robert Downey Jr. Of course, everyone is going to do him as Iron Man now (although I considered his role in Weird Science) and I’m not different in this case.
Since I’m doing most of these in the iPad app, Procreate, I have the option of uploading the “video” of the screen capture that the program automatically makes. I did that in this case, so you can see the process of the sketch, but spared you the much longer video that shows the whole thing from the sketch to the ink to the color.
Procreate sketching process (Click to see the video, it’s only 41 seconds!)
The celebrity subjects of this challenge were intentionally picked because most all of them relate to the one that precedes and follows them. In Paul Rudd’s case, he was in Anchorman with yesterday’s subject, Steve Carell and I have chosen to keep the Anchorman theme by portraying Rudd (an unusually difficult subject to caricature, as has been agreed upon by the challenge participants) in this more painterly caricature, in his role as Brian Fantana. Here he is shown applying his noxious and notorious cologne, “Sex Panther”. (I know, the sketch looks more like Geraldo Rivera than Rudd or Fantana, but I hopefully, got closer to a resemblance in the final, colored version.)
I drew Mr. Carell in his role of Brick Tamland, from the movie, Anchorman with his much-remembered movie quote above. Here are the sketch rough and finished color versions. Created in Procreate on my 12.9″ iPad Pro.
Another sketchbook caricature. Everyone seemed to be drawing actor Rainn Wilson as his most famous role of Dwight Schrute and I wanted to do something different, so I did a lame, literal representation of him made of rain to varying degrees of success.
This will probably be the last one I draw in pencil in the sketchbook, as I just finally got a new iPad Pro and Apple pencil and will be trying them out for future caricature illustrations.
Okay, so I waited a day to start every day doing this. I needed to do another combo of celebrity prompts and putting Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood together as Arwen and Frodo from Lord of the Rings seemed logical and expedient.
Here’s another sketchbook scan of them sketching in with a #2 pencil. I’m not that happy with the Liv Tyler resemblance, or lack thereof, but will have to accept it and move on. I will really, really start doing one each day, starting…… tomorrow!