Caricatures 7

on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Here are more caricatures of the Hollywood movie stars.

They called her "Pretty Woman"...



She's pretty too. And really difficult to draw. It's especially hard to draw her eyes and mouth without giving her a very mean expression that immediately ruins the similarity. This attempt looks OK, though it could be better. Maybe next time...



There's something irritating about this guy's appearance. Don't you want to punch him in the face? Not a bad actor, though.



The same guy, in his recent, more "mature" image. He's pictured together with his great buddy. That other guy was rather hard to draw, because of his bland and rather expressionless face. I hope he's recognizable enough here.



Everybody's favorite Hollywood weirdo in two completely different versions. Which one do you prefer? Can you recognize him at all? Am I soon going to receive a nasty phone call from his lawyers?





Another very popular actor... shares the same wacky religion with the guy above.

14 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

Maybe because I'm not familiar with a lot of actors today but- who is the second picture of??

Hammerson said...

>> Maybe because I'm not familiar with a lot of actors today but- who is the second picture of?? <<

It's the same guy who's also on third picture, only younger and with different hairstyle :-)
I won't yet tell the answer here, because I want to see if anybody else can guess his identity. He's not that hard to recognize, unless I failed to capture him accurately.
Send me an e-mail and I'll tell you the response. Have you recognized the others?

Now, there is one painfully bad picture, really difficult to recognize, though it's technically well done. It's the second picture in the previous post (Caricatures 6) - that hairy guy with the cigarette - I REALLY failed with this one, and it will be replaced with second attempt soon.

Kali Fontecchio said...

1. Julia Roberts
2. ?
3. ?
4. Tom Poos
5. Tom Poos Again
6. John Travolta

Rico said...

2. Mat Damon
3. Ben Afleck ( valjda se ovako piše )

Hammerson said...

>> 2. Mat Damon
3. Ben Afleck ( valjda se ovako piše ) <<

Može i Ben Assfleck što se mene tiče :-)
Odgovori su točni. Dodao sam još jednu sliku, vjerojatno zadnju prije odlaska na godišnji. Za dva tjedna slijede nove karikature.

Hammerson said...

>>
1. Julia Roberts
2. ?
3. ?
4. Tom Poos
5. Tom Poos Again
6. John Travolta
<<

That's correct. And no.2 & 3 are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (no.2 is Matt solo). I promise to make another batch of nasty Tom pictures in the future :-)

I just added another caricature, below Julia Roberts. Probably won't be too difficult to guess, but it was particularly difficult to draw that one.

mcn said...

I believe that your wish to be "nasty" is ruining the likenesses. Just my two cents.

Hammerson said...

>> I believe that your wish to be "nasty" is ruining the likenesses. Just my two cents. <<

I'm not always drawing with the strong intention to be "nasty", except when I make the caricatures of our politicians - and I still think I treated them too nicely :-)

Can you give me an example where this tendency is most evident and problematic? Perhaps it could help me to avoid these traps in the future. The problem is finding that delicate balance between "nastiness" and the likeness - too much of the latter results with the realistic portrait instead of caricature. My first attempt at any face is always more realistic, just to get familiar with the main features. The result usually looks too boring to me, so then I try with wilder stuff, to see what exaggeration is the most appropriate, or functions the best. I still can't exaggerate as much as i would prefer.

And beside the likeness, a caricature should also reflect the artist's feelings toward the subject. This is IMHO a very important point.
BTW, I tried several times to do a caricature of you... and couldn't quite make it. You are really hard to draw, but I'll keep trying from time to time >:-)

mcn said...

Why are we talking in English? :)

Okay, my main problem with your drawings is that likenesses are NEVER(or almost never) instantly apparent. And that's kinda important, if not the prime directive, for every caricaturist. They look like YOUR drawings more then they look like your subjects, which (for me) means that your personality overcomes theirs.

I wish I could point the precise faults but it's elusive. The stuff just looks wrong.

And I'm sure you'll be able to draw me once I become a politician. In the meaantime just draw my bulk. :)

Hammerson said...

>> Why are we talking in English? :) <<

You started first :) And English speaking visitors to this blog are in majority recently, so they might be interested in this discussion. We can continue in Croatian if you wish, it's all same to me.

>> Okay, my main problem with your drawings is that likenesses are NEVER(or almost never) instantly apparent. And that's kinda important, if not the prime directive, for every caricaturist.
<<

I agree very much with the second sentence only.

>> They look like YOUR drawings more then they look like your subjects, which (for me) means that your personality overcomes theirs.
>>

I already noticed that subjects often do look like the characters from my comics. Ironically, my main goal with these caricatures was to exercise something different and go far away from my usual drawing style. Somehow, it keeps returning every time despite the fact that I try different approach for each picture. I will pay attention to this.
Regarding the lack of likeness, I absolutely disagree with you. The likeness is ALWAYS there, just in some pictures it's not the instant likeness. Even in the caricatures by the experienced professionals, there's no instant likeness in every single picture. I do study people before any attempt to draw them, and the complete process of making a typical caricature will be explained in a future blog entry. And I'm the first to admit whenever I make a lousy picture. I expressed my dissatisfaction with some of them on this blog.

>> I wish I could point the precise faults but it's elusive. The stuff just looks wrong. <<

Then my perception must be wrong... or maybe your. Many people recognize these caricatures without problem.

>> And I'm sure you'll be able to draw me once I become a politician. In the meaantime just draw my bulk. :) <<

You won't be able to recognize yourself anyway, so what's the point :)

Well, this is again a "your word vs. mine" kind of discussion that doesn't lead anywhere. You are not going to change your opinion, and it takes a massive dose of negative feedback from different people to make me change my opinion. However, I will think seriously about some of your arguments and try to improve in the future drawings.

mcn said...

I'm sorry, Dragan, but you are wrong. The likeness might be in the eye of beholder but all the best caricaturists deliever instant likenesses, no matter how twisted the drawing is.
For a test, I've run your blog by my girlfriend and she recognized maybe two of the people caricatured, commenting (upon learning who they are) that you get their characteristic traits wrong, that people don't have the eyes you give them and that you get their characters wrong.
That was unprompted, mind you, but it did corroborate my impression - you don't draw them, you draw what you draw otherwise using some of the elements from them.
FWIW, I like Sanja Doležal the best. The rest are just kinda wrong.
Good thing I'm not your editor, eh? :)

Hammerson said...

>> For a test, I've run your blog by my girlfriend and she recognized maybe two of the people caricatured,<<

Two?! Wow, that's brilliant. Congratulations.
OK, everything looks wrong, no problem. But it's my blog and I can put whatever I want. I can take a dump, photograph it and say it's a portrait of Tom Cru***. Perhaps it will be better appreciated and considered as an important piece of conceptual art :-)

Here's an idea: why don't you make a blog with your caricatures so I won't feel alone? I think you have the ability to draw them rather well, so why not. People like a good laugh.

mcn said...

I can see you are offended so I'll stop now. But you really should not ask for a criticism if praise is all you are looking for.

Hammerson said...

I'm not offended at all. It's you who usually doesn't take it easily when your opinion is challenged. Praise is nice to hear, but it's not the only thing that interest me. I really appreciate criticism when it's helpful and constructive. And I will wait patiently for your blog with caricatures
;-)