Sunday, November 11, 2007


I started this blog in an effort to force myself to try some different things. It dawned on me a while back that I've been doing caricatures for almost 20 years(or more???) and all I could really do was front face caricature. I'm really trying to do some three quarter views, as I think you can see so much more information about the face from this angle...but I am having SUCH a hard time with it. It's one thing to know a theory about how and why something works, the APPLICATION of that theory,...well, that can be an entirely different animal!

I did a gig yesterday with some great friends, and really talented artists here in Tampa. I only had a hand full of sketches that I liked, but what I'm happiest about is that I kept trying the different approaches even though I was uncomfortable doing them. For me, it's very difficult to try new things in public. I guess I've been doing this long enough that I don't want to look like I dont know what I'm doing. It's really hard to break out of that comfort zone for me.

These are some of the sketches from yesterday.


Joe Bluhm said...

I'm glad you're working in 3/4... keep at it, and don't back down from trying it all the time. There are elements in a few of these sketches that are coming around properly.

One way to do it is to keep big sweeping curves and simple straight lines in sort of a pre-sketch... even if you don't plan on always using a quick gesture, try it for the 3/4 and you'll solve some issues a bit quicker, like the space between the cheek/eye and the ear, as well as the angle on the eyes and dimension in the face.

I can't wait to see more.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Nice to know that even the masters have trouble with things. Ive been working in 3/4 view for so long I really struggle with frontal views.
I echo everything joe says and addition to that invision the face as one girant clay sculpture.

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