Saturday, August 2, 2014

How to Develop a Custom Caricature

 I just completed a double caricature commissioned through my Etsy Shop. I was sent a photo of these sisters and went back and forth with the client several times sending her sketches and redoing them as she requested until the sketch was just what she wanted. Then I drew it in permanent black ink and added color with colored pencils, with a touch of white paint for the crowns and highlights in their eyes!
A finished photo from my phone.
The photo I worked from !
A teethy version of this caricature of the two sisters.
You can see in the original drawing (above) that the teeth on both girls were more prominent and goofy. She requested a softening of the side of the faces and less emphasis on the teeth. The final color piece reflects this. I find that a lot of people, though not all, do not want teeth showing in their caricatures, especially at festivals. Sometimes it's just that they don't want to smile! But I love the smiles in the photo I worked from!

Softer jawlines and less emphasis on the teeth!
A brighter close up scan of the finished caricature.
A caricature I did last week at a corporate summer Party
in South Portland, ME. I also did face painting there!

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