Caricatures are created by exaggerating dominate features of a person in order to create a cartoon like character. Physical features are not the only thing that can be exaggerated, but personality traits can be amplified as well. Not only do caricature recreate a person as a cartoon, they are also intended to be comical. Many artists are known for creating caricatures, and for most its the only thing they do. As fun and goofy as they may be, creating caricatures can be quite a painstaking task. Especially when the caricature you are creating is of yourself!
For my caricature, I decided to exaggerate a few things. First, and probably the most noticeable, I exaggerated my hairy chin and above my lip. To make it really noticeable, I decided to make my chin huge so attention is drawn to it. Secondly I decided to exaggerate my thick caterpillar eyebrows. I really wanted them so huge that it was impossible, so I made it so they trailed off of my face because there wasn’t enough room on my face for them. The last thing I did was made myself have a huge smile because I am pretty much always happy.
(These are my final drawings. The first is the illustrator tracing of the second image. The second image is the inked image. The third is my final inked image. I created dimension in the third one using hatching and crosshatching.)
(Final colored caricature using illustrator and photoshop.)
I used inspiration from three artists to create my final caricatures. The first artist that I drew inspiration from is Al Hirschfeld. I mainly looked at him when creating my black and white caricature. Like Hirschfeld, my drawing is very simple, and I used hatching and crosshatching to add dimension to my caricature in a similar manner that he did. Another thing that my caricature shares with his is its small neck. The next artist that I used for inspiration is Drew Friedman. For my final colored caricature, I tried to do coloring and shading like he does. I got my proportions from Max Beerbohm. Like his caricatures, mine have a head the same size as its whole body. Also, a lot of Beerbohm’s caricatures are funny and have to to with famous people during his time. Well, I absolutely LOVE Nicki Minaj and I thought it would be funny/cute if I drew up her controversial “Anaconda” cover and put my head on it. I really love the end result and am glad that I decided to do it.