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April 20th, 2006 #1
= celebrity CARICATURE quicksketches =
I work part-time drawing live caricatures at a very popular theme-park. It's an amazingly fun and challenging gig in all aspects, and I recommend it to anyone looking to improve their speed, calligraphy, cartooning, understanding of facial anatomy and structure, gesture, silhouettes, composition, or overall drawing skills. If you push yourself, it's not just a cute kid "in a dune buggy - cuz everyone loves dune buggies!!!" - one can achieve many goals by this incessant practice under pressure of the public (as frustrating as it can be, at times).
Anyway, I love caricature and portraiture, and I've got a running blog (mostly for my own entertainment) of my live work and other sketches, to keep me motivated, honest, and working. http://joebluhm.blogspot.com - My latest update are of some sketches that I've done from magazines and photos while killing time in the theme-park. They're quick, but fairly fun.
Here's a couple samples... There are plenty more in my blog:
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lol nice work man, i really dig the rest of the work in your blog especially the tiger woods piece.
Hey Geuseppe how long do these usually take?
April 20th, 2006 #3
These celebrity sketches may take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how slow it is that day, or how much I try to push myself with the drawing. The live caricatures of random guests and vacationers take from 3-8 minutes each.
April 20th, 2006 #4
I sometimes wonder where do those artists go with their creative careers after they've worked as caricature artists at the various theme parks.
I worked at Six Flags during high school in the early eighties as my spring/summer/fall after school job. Mostly did charcoal and pastel portraits rather than caricatures, tho. It definitely improved my drawings skills with all of that practice.
April 20th, 2006 #5
its like your trying to convert a buncha of people into caricature artists. Preach the good words brother!
Crit, elton looks too much like a kid..
I dont even know the name of the 2nd dude but I recognize him. So juicy props on that
April 20th, 2006 #6
Love the blog. Great stuff...I knew the Liam Neeson one with only the forehead and eyes.
I don't think I'd have the balls to draw the more unflattering stuff before payment.
April 20th, 2006 #7
Great ones! I went on your blog and the one of Liam Neeson made me cry of laughter!! Great work!
April 20th, 2006 #8
Thanks. Good crit on Elton. The 2nd dude is Benicio Del Toro. (He always looked like a latin Brad Pitt to me)
I've wondered the same thing, Tatiana... Now after being immersed into it, I find that many of them settle in with caricature and live gigs. One can make a great living, if you find your market and do it right. I'm on my way out of the profession, but wonder if I'll ever WANT to be done with it... (live, I mean) I love it too much.
Some names you may recognize: Andy Bergholtz, Steve Silver, Tom Richmond... all live theme-park caricaturists before they did what they're rocking out now.
...I'm not really recruiting, but just a little overly-enthusiastic recently. I'm becoming a bit too harsh on myself, which I know is good, and I get to go to Japan next week as an invited caricaturist (to draw).
April 20th, 2006 #9
Great to see you keep pushing yourself.
man. how is it you're still alive after all them unflatering caricatures you did in the park. I guess your street cred allows you to push the envelope there.
April 20th, 2006 #10
Those poor children! They'll be scarred for life! I love it!
I really admire good caracature artists. It's a great skill and your stuff shows it off.
My only crit would be to push the shadows/values more. But, I know that's tough in daylight, and the fact that you're doing the art so quickly.
April 20th, 2006 #11
No, you are right, Goo. I need to get a more dynamic look, not just on the X/Y plane, but the Z as well, so it looks more dimensional. That's something I've observed lately and must work on.
Thanks, Arkady. Most people can take exaggeration, with the right environment.
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April 20th, 2006 #13
...FALGERCARP! ?? No complaints, except the backing of the second one.