Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Central Park Caricatures

Here's a few caricatures done this past weekend at the Park. You can't always tell the point of view I saw from looking at these photos; the people will rarely make the same expression, and the point of view of the camera is obviously a little different than my direct point of view. There is also a time constraint when doing live caricatures- I have to get them in one shot, and I try not to spend more than 5 or 6 minutes on the black and white ones, and 10 minutes on the color ones.


jason quinones said...

very nice work as always! always cool to see the drawing with the actual people.

the little girls are my favorite. they came out pretty cute with their big toothy smiles!

also, these are pretty crisp clear pics too. what kind of camera you got as i am in the market for a new one. it's digital i'm assuming.

The Keeper's Notes said...

I think these are all great...doesn't matter that we're seeing them at different angles or whatnot...we can see they all definitely capture the people they're caricaturing...it's amazing how you're able to distill the essence of a human face into some exaggerated lines on paper, yet those lines become unmistably the human that they represent. You especially get the smiles right, such as in the asian couple.

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Thanks, Jason. I have a Canon Rebel- it is digital, and I'm pretty happy with it overall. I just put it on the automatic setting for these, so I can snap them off fast, in one shot, so other people waiting to get drawn don't have to wait too long. Then I have to alter it in photoshop a bit. Generally, the drawing will be much lighter than the people in back of the drawing, so I have to lighten them up a bit. Most of the ones I took came out pretty good, but one of them didn't; there was direct sunlight on part of the drawing and only one of the couple that I drew-- so that came out much lighter than the rest, and I couldn't alter it convincingly, so it didn't make the cut. There were also a few I didn't photograph, but wish I had.

Thanks, Justin- I always try to draw the teeth and to get them to smile- every mouth is specific to that person and the teeth are an important part of the way they look. Sometimes I capture it better than other times- depending on how long they are willing to keep their smile, and if I've drawn a similar smile before and can just draw on my memory of that expression.