Posts Tagged ‘profiles’


This was a treat for the women who participate in a women’s health study at one of the Chicago hospitals.  A family style all-you-can-eat lunch, raffle gifts and—ta-tah—caricatures by that famous whatshername.    I drew thirty-two people in two-and-a-half hours.  This pace is possible when I stick to  lines to capture the expression (without adding color) and draw a few profiles, which also speeds things up.  (See the post on “profiles.”) You’ll also notice that I did not add bodies in an activity and instead aimed for attitude and presence with the old over-the-shoulder look.

12HospitalStudyGroupConniesConnie’s Restaurant, on Archer near Canal, just South of the Loop, is housed in an old factory with picturesque architectural and structural details and textures, such as handcrafted wooden floors and intricate brick work, and an abundance of historical artifacts to wonder at.  Thank you, Kathleen!


Here are just a few of the 32 people I drew that afternoon. Click for enlargements.—————————————————–
























































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When I reviewed the pictured from  the” Big Tent at the Hilton in Bloomingdale”  picnic, I noticed that I drew a lot of profiles that afternoon.  (See post 9.30.12, two posts ago)

It’s time to talk about how wonderful profile drawings are.  I feel I have to make a point of defending drawings of profiles, because sometimes people don’t want to be drawn from that angle.

I chose to go for the profile for a number of reasons.  It’s often the best angle if the hair is pulled back, so that a front view would just shows an oval of the face, no hair.  It’s a good angle if the nose has a lot of character. Best for drawing glasses.  Often hats work best in profile. If the child has been to the face-painter first, then it’s hard for me to read the front view, but the profile is still clear.  Sometimes it’s the best way to get a drawing done really fast, for example, if there’s pressure from the party organizer.

For kids, I often have to recommend that they take two mirrors and look at their profile and then they will see that the drawing really does look like them.

I love drawing profiles and I love putting that sneaky look into the eye and the pulled up shoulder.  Judge for yourself.


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