Another seemingly easy one, but once you consider how many times “evil” versions of Christmas imagery has been done already, it doesn’t leave at lot, actually. Also, I wasn’t aware of the “Ghast” being a creature that exists in Lovecraft, D&D, Minecraft and even DC Comics (shameful, I know..)
Therefore, I went literal with the pun (as I saw it) on the 1986 Wham hit, “Last Christmas”, especially since the lyrics to the chorus are ready-made for horrific imagery if you take them literally.
“Ghast Christmas” by Brent Brown. Created in MediBang Paint app on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
On Sunday, October 14, 2017, I spent a lovely autumn day in the quaint and picturesque town of Highlands, NC amongst the influx of leaf-gazing tourists and was on had at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park to take part in the 3rd Annual Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Forever Family Reunion. Here are a few photos I took of the adopters and adoptees that I drew. More photos of the event can be found on the group’s Facebook page at this link.
Photos of pets and humans drawn at 2017 Humane Society Forever Family Reunion in Highlands, NC.
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.
Ben Stiller with ape-like features enhance for cheap “chimp” joke. Sorry Ben, nothing personal.
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.
Michael Cera caricature final by Brent Brown
Michael Cera caricature final with background by Brent Brown
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.
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.