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Because it was Marc Anthony’s thirteenth birthday, he got his caricature in color.  I drew everybody else—and 13Pesche14that would be nineteen others ( in an-hour-and-a-half)—in black/white.  Let me take this opportunity to contrast and compare.  A line drawing (black/white) has all the humor, expression and likeness that a color drawing has.  It is not inferior to a color drawing.  In fact, I would say, a line drawing is more elegant than a color drawing.  But then, elegance-shmelegance.  It’s a caricature!  So, now I’m going to contradict everything I said before.  A caricature in color 13Pesche13has that extra kick.  The humor and expression really are heightened by color:  blue eyes become BLUE, blond hair becomes BLOND, lips will be PINK or RED!  Etc.  The grass is always greener…in a color.   I like working equally well in black/white and color.  At a party, when the guest of honor gets the color drawing and everybody else gets the line drawing, the guests are gracious about this decision on the part of the parent/host.  Nobody has ever complained about getting 13Pesche13b

“only” black/white.  Because– now we’re back to the beginning–black/white is just as good as color. The choice is always yours.

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13Raths8bIt was a family party with as many adults as kids.  But 13Raths8since it was a Gabi’s birthday party, the mom restricted caricatures to only kids.  A good rule!  Generally it does happen that adults defer to kids at a kids’ party, but just to be sure, it’s wise to make it explicit.  Kids only!  I drew seventeen kids in two hours and in full color.  You guessed it: this was a well-organized event and there was no wait time between one drawing and the next.  Someone was always there to be drawn.  I 13Raths12like that.  I  like working intensely. The work actually comes out better when it’s one right after the other. Thank you, Monica!

Here are a few of the drawings.

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When the lady wears  sturdy glasses, has a sensible out-of-the-shower haircut and a matronly figure draped in voluminous fabric and when the party atmosphere is comfortable and 13MichelleW7jovial,  then, well then I sometimes  ask , “would you like me to draw you thin and sexy?”  Mind you, I say this very casually, under my breath and in a distracted manner, while looking down at my markers.  The answer is inevitably an enthusiastic  “Oh-yeah-please-do!”  I’ve never gotten a “no” to that question.

In this case, at Estelle’s party (see previous post),  I got a double “Oh-yeah-please-do!”  What a riot this job is!

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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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I’ll be teaching a 5-week course on The Art of Caricature this summer at the Evanston Art Center.  The class will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.,  starting June 14.  Due to an email glitch, the class is not listed in the printed summer catalog, but it will be listed online at www.evanstonartcenter.org

Here’s the blurb:  “For intermediate & advanced portrait artists.  Seeing through the “caricature lens” enables you to heighten your subject’s expression and will develop your personal style. A good caricature is a stronger likeness than a “realistic” portrait or even a photo. As you develop your ability to see in this new light, you can decide to what degree you want to “tweak” the features and still maintain the likeness. The notebooks of some of our great artists (Leonardo, Picasso) reveal that they were, at heart, caricaturists. This course broadens the view of a much-misunderstood art. The class is set-up so that students can see the instructor’s drawing as it emerges, step by step. “

That last part is important.  I tack a long sheet of brown paper on the wall and draw with black markers so that everybody can see.  Every student will have an 8½ x 11 printout of the face we’re working on and I will have the same face taped to my brown drawing paper on the wall.  We go at it.  How do you look at this?  What feature will you push and pull?  How do you enhance the expression? All this, while keeping the likeness.  In fact, the likeness will be enhanced by our pushing and pulling. A good caricature looks more like the person than a photograph.   It’s fascinating.  I will also sit next to individual students and draw along with them.  I provide the copies of the faces but students can also bring in their own choices.  Hmmm, friends and family. The  class is, of course, fun, but it’s also serious work and very challenging.

The number at the Evanston Art Center is 847-475-5300

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Cartooning is a highly specialized art form that is sometimes confused with the art of caricature. Let me be brief here about the distinction.  A caricature focuses on an INDIVIDUAL,  bringing out the uniqueness of this individual and, therefore, stressing distinctive facial features and also personality quirks.  A cartoon deals with a TYPE of person.

In the early days of the art of caricature, artists focused on social types.  For example Hogarth in 18th century England satirized that country’s social classes, especially the affectations of the upper class; Daumier in 19th century France satirized the new, rising bourgeoisie and its attitudes, but he also caricatured the king, an act of courage that landed him in jail.  In the 20th century the word “caricature” was more and more applied to individuals.

If you’re interested in cartooning and want to get a sense what’s involved in learning that art form, see today’s post at http://artamaze.wordpress.com.

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