I have decided to do a series of caricatures. These series will be broken up into groups of three containing individuals that are recognized personalities within their field of expertise. The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchcock, is my chosen first to launch this adventure. And I have titled his group “Masters of Mystery“!
I created this caricature / illustration of Hayao Miyazaki for fun and practice. Sabina had created a caricature of him for a facebook group, Caricaturama Showdown 3000!, and talked me into joining and submitting my own caricature. As usual, I did a pencil sketch and painted the rest in Photoshop.
In creating this image I danced around quite a bit. I started off looking for some reference images but didn’t find many that fit my idea of things. So, I decided to create a reference in 3D Studio Max. Mainly for the water aspect of the painting because even though I love the water and how it can add a touch of magic to any environment, it isn’t very easy to get it right and will harm the painting more than help it if you don’t get it right. And being that my painting’s subject was surrounded I wanted to get it fairly “right“. As I got into modeling things, I thought that maybe I would just do the whole thing in 3D instead of a 2D painting. But then I came to the point that I just couldn’t get the lighting the way I wanted. I tried different things in Photoshop to give it that atmosphere I was looking for and then realized that everything is too realistic. Although I wanted a semi-sense of realism, I wanted more the feeling of fantasy with a touches of cartoon like exaggerations. And so I started over. I first sketched it out on a piece of paper and then painted it in Photoshop. Most of the elements from the 3D version are in the 2D version but I am much happier with the results of the 2D painting.
As a kid I was always fascinated and drawn in with comic books and the stories they told. Among my most favorited were “X-Men” and “Avengers“. Aside from the fact that these stories were about people that were born different and through that they were shunned, or even hunted, by those they were risking their lives to protect, I was also drawn in by the art work. The pictorial form of telling a story was intriguing and captivating. I have always been a more visually stimulated person. The printed word seemed to be almost hypnotic through which I would simply zone out and not understand a word I had read. Therefore I would wind up reading the same paragraph again and again just to understand and remember everything I had been attempting to consume.
Another childhood favorite was the Star Wars movies. I didn’t want to do the original stories because they have been done by multiple publishers. So, I had read a few post Battle of Endor novels (21-26 years post) from the “The New Jedi Order” series and decided to do a bit from one of those novels as a graphic novel. Below is an excerpt from Balance Point chapter 14…
Story and Original novel by Kathy Tyers
This is a portrait / illustration of a fairly well known cartoon character. Although he has never quite looked like this. This is my interpretation of how I think he might look if he were more real than cartoon. I am not going to tell you all which cartoon character he is supposed to be, you have to guess.
It was created in Photoshop.
Here`s to Steve Jobs and all for which he was dubbed a symbol. A leader and one of the pioneers in the personal computer, design, and CG industries. That pushed all other competitors to keep up or get left behind.
Hopefully the image communicates the lonesomeness and solidarity of a man in his position. Along with the obvious symbols of the bitten apple, the Pixar lamp, and the well known glossy white design of so many apple products. Aside from those obvious elements there are other symbols of tribute to his memory and accomplishments that are a little less obvious and that I leave to your discovery.
This image shows four judges sitting up high on their a s s e s (donkeys) and their individual approaches to someone that has bared himself to them. One is scornful, another arrogant, a third ridiculing, and the last is apathetic.
This painting is not so much about judges as it is about people’s natural behavior in judging others based upon their own limited viewpoints as a result of their own limited experiences. The judges themselves merely represent the most common reactions towards those they have judged. And the judged shows a common reaction for those that have been judged.
It was created in Photoshop.
Albeit this subject is not the liveliest, she was kind of fun. She kept reminding me of the bride of Frankenstein. You see it too? Well, it is supposed to be Marie Curie… which in some senses, I guess, it isn’t too far away from being her. The initial sketch was on paper with pencil and the sepia coloration and detail work was done in Photoshop. Some have stated issues with her eyes and with the image’s border. However, in my defense, I purposely left the lighting glare and reflectiosn from her eyes because I wanted to get across the impression I got after looking at all the photos of Marie Curie. That being of emptiness and an almost ghostly presence. I don’t know if that was really the case or simply the result of having to pose for photos back when there wasn’t flash and they had to pose and be still for a short period of time. And the image border I tried to decorate with radio active symbols… some don’t mind them, some like them, and others can’t stand them… you can please some of the people…
Here’s my caricature of Toshiro Mifune. I didn’t take any one reference for this caricature. I kind of combined different aspects of different aged Toshiro’s.
I recently joined an online art community that specializes in caricatures. What is particularly funny is that not even a day or so earlier I was talking with Sabina about some irritations with a particular online art community and had come to the conclusion that I should do some caricatures and illustrations for popular tales, fables, and stories. And viola! I came across a caricature community. It just so happened that they were currently accepting entries for a contest. Yes, a contest where Gary Oldman is the subject and this is my entry. Click on the images below to view the finished caricature larger.