Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another coworker caricature. This one was with very little in the way of a line drawing. Usually my sketch or line drawings are pretty detailed and fully fleshed out. But with this one it was a very rough sketch that I thought looked enough like her that I could continue on. And I this one was practically done in one day, even stuck to it and did the hair (my arch nemesis) right after the face and in one sitting. Yay me!



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catching up with posts

I didn't realize I had so many that I hadn't posted. Just finished Tully yesterday, tried a tutorial for drawing hair. It started out okay then it started looking bad, so I erased it all and started again. Still didn't feel like it was going the way I wanted but I stayed with it and improvised here and there. I think it works well enough.
Tully

Adam: Commission
Had a fund raiser for my daughters school and put it in the company's mail room with a sign stating anyone donating $20 or more would get a caricature by me. This one is kind of different from the others in my gallery this one started in color instead of the gray values. I had the initial sketch done but wanted to see if I could get it done over the weekend.

Dave & Dad: Commission
A friend at work who lost his dad about a year ago asked if I would draw a portrait of his dad and him, said he didn't have very many pictures of him and less that any better that this. As I'm posting this I remember he owes me lunch at a Sushi shop.

Kap & Brooke: Commission
Co-worker and his fiancé. Final was printed on canvas and given to her for Christmas.

Debbie
I knew this day would come, when I would have to do a caricature of the Commander and Chief. The CEO of our agency has been feeling under-the-weather and we planned to send her a "cheer me up" each week, with a caricature pasted on white board allowing for well wishes to be penned all around.

Charlene: Commission
Had a fund raiser for my daughters school and put it in the company's mail room with a sign stating anyone donating $20 or more would get a caricature by me. Charlene missed the opportunity but I told her I'd draw it anyway and throw her 20 in the next fund raiser my daughter has.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Request, A Vanisher, and A Possible Do-over

Here are three more caricatures. Rico's was kind of a request. When he saw Chandra's, he asked what was my process of selecting a subject and I told him that I was just going down the list of employee photos and kind of picking at random. He replied "I can't wait to see what mine is going to look like." So I just accepted that as a request and did some sketches to see if I could get something I liked. The first sketches looked like Simon Bar Sinister from the old Underdog cartoons.

I finished Chris' caricature over the weekend and when I came in Monday, I found out that Friday was his last day. But one of the other guys at work delivered a print out of the caricature to him.

Davids caricature didn't quite come out like I was seeing it in my mind, I may redo this one, I was going for a "Cro-Magnon" look.


Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop, Cintiq 12wx

Rico

Chris
David

Quick Good-bye's

I got wind that a co-worker was leaving, a fellow boomerang (those that have left and come back), so I tried to finish her caricature before her last day but they didn't announce her leaving until the tail end of her two weeks notice. I did get it about 85-90% complete, so once I did complete it I printed and mounted it on a white board and sent it around the office so folks could sign it. Then we framed it and sent it to her. Turned out pretty nice.

Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop, Cintiq 12wx


Thursday, January 10, 2013

3 New coworkers and a spouse

Three more (4 if we're counting spouses) coworkers drawn. Kate wins for the fastest one yet (1h 45m). It was also the first one that I didn't try to exaggerate a feature, I just made an odd shape and put the face into it. I think as long as you can get the eyes right the rest kind of falls into place. That was the thinking with the Leah painting also, I debated wether I went too far with the mouth and teeth, that it wasn't looking like her but I think the eyes helped bring it all home.

I did value paintings first for all three then added color afterwards.


All three started in Autodesks Sketchbook Pro and painted in Photoshop on a Wacom Cintiq 12W.

Leah & Ashley
Kate






















Thursday, November 8, 2012

3 Co-workers

Did a caracature of three co workers averaged about 4-5 hours per portrait. That was great for me. The Brian painting probably took the longest, when I did his initial sketch I could settle on a distorted face shape that I liked. I sketched about 9 variations. Finished the Carrie first, then Brian and Steve's I did this past Saturday. Kept getting side-tracked playing a video game called Dragon Age (been consumed by that game.) Stumbled across a sale on Amazon Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening and Dragon Age II for $10 (download only.) Also had two weeks of Jury Duty, got called as a potential once but never picked.

I didn't want to post any until I had at least three portraits done, got a few other co-workers to do, will post them as I get them done. Going to try and get a couple done this weekend (another extended weekend for me as I've got Friday off, using the rest of my vacation days before I the end of the year and I loose them.

Initial sketch done in Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro, painting done in Adobe Photoshop, using a Wacom Cintiq 12W.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Barry Manilow

Going to see Barry Manilow in concert, thought I'd try and get another entry into my "Celebrity Book". Didn't really plan on it but my boss has season passes or something for the concert hall and word got to her that I'm a Barry Manilow fanatic (not really, I like his music but I'm not an über-fan the way word gets around that I am, but I just go with it.)

The hair was tough on this one, I still don't like it but I can live with it. This one was done as a grayscale value painting first then color added to it when it was done.

The plan is to print it out the size of the book and add it to one of the pages, print another one and frame it (to give as a gift.) Then take both with a small vase of flowers, deliver them to the venue with a note telling him to keep the framed one and sign the one in the book and have someone take the book to the coat check room so I may retrieve it after the show. (Basically the same thing I did when I got Jay Leno's autograph. I would just send him the framed one and the other one not in the book but I it helps when they can see that I've got other celebrity autographs.

Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop and Cintiq 12W