Caricature commission
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Hi guys! I am taking this (unpaid) commission for my barber shop, they will put it up on their wall (presuming they don't hate it!) and maybe I can get some business out of it. I'll toss in the reference photo's too, although I have not really drilled in to capturing the likeness yet, so they still don't look exactly like themselves yet - when I get to painting with value I will put my effort into getting the likeness exact. Mainly looking for any crits about the composition, shapes, character designs or any ways I could improve the idea and make it funnier. (or anything else I didn't think of!)

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I started off having the big guy turning to look at the camera, and whilst not looking shaved a massive bald stripe down the clients head, but I could get it clear enough so I changed to him holding the massive gardening shears. Right now I'm having the lady hold a blowtorch, since it looks a bit like a hairdryer, and there is a gas pipe and the cannister tucked under the desk. I'm going to try today to change her pose and have her holding the blowtorch up and squeezing the trigger to jet some flame from it buuuut, I'm not sure about the blowtorch thing altogether (she is the owner of the shop, I want it to be funny but don't want to do something too extreme with her!)


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oh yea, here is a recent caricature I finished to show my current level, I'm aiming to take the one above to a similar kind of finish (but push it a bit more of course)

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Little update on this, I ditched the blowtorch idea, it was too aggressive and the connection between blowtorch and hairdryer wasn't so obvious.

Instead I just gave her boxing gloves, since she did this charity boxing training + match last year, and just changed her pose a bit to look less stiff.

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Gonna start to work on a tighter sketch next.

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LOL I think it looks great! Don't forget to put your name there too! Are you thinking of adding hair clippings on the ground, and the many different bottles of stuff they put in hairs in the background?


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#5
I feel like you could make their faces much more expressive.
Also maybe I'm hallucinating but something about the way the guy holds his head looks a bit stiff.
Maybe you can make him jut out his chin or give the head a bit more tilt like so:



Disclaimer: I don't know anything about caricature and you clearly do so make of this what you want.

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Meat Thanks dude! I didn't think of the hair clippings, maybe I'll add a severed ear amongst the pile as a subtle detail, and mustn't forget my name no xD I did on the previous one >.<

Yenchi Thanks for the crit, I have moved that head around a little bit, something didn't feel right to me either, still not sure! Will try a more extreme tilt like you suggested! I've found caricature to be sooo useful for all kinds of character work, and especially helpful in learning the forms of the face - I struggled with portraits for ages, getting so bored and frustrated, but with caricature you can study the same stuff but have fun, and don't have to end up with something proportionally accurate! I definitely recommend it, Proko has a course running on his youtube channel for free.


Bit more progress today, tightening things up, not happy with the perspective on the garden shears - probably gonna have another go at that next time and do a full construction on it.

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Hey jon this is looking really good already, Compositionally and comically!
Now I'm not a master of composition yet but when you start painting don't forget about the 1 2 3 read with your Values , other than that I really like what you got here, except maybe add a bit of visual interest below their faces? like elements that will guide the flow of the image pointing in their faces?

btw, you must be in good company among these people when they let you paint a severed finger on a painting that they will hang on their wall

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#8
Been meaning to get round to this for a while.

Hey Jyonny your caricature painting skills are pretty damn good now dude - you really captured the likeness of your pal there.

And I think it's great how you're being proactive at drumming up business for yourself.  Sure this one is free but it will get your work out there.

Your piece is coming together nicely so far, I just had some ideas for you to take or leave if that's OK.

I totally got the blow torch thing and thought it was a clever idea but it's your call whether to use it or not.

I think you could loosen up the lady's pose a little.

And agree that the shears need a bit of perspective work.

Here's a quick draw over - hope it helps - take it or leave it - completely your call:




Keep going dude!

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Kurt Thx dude! I'll work on the values and read

Artloader Thx! I'll give that pose a go see if it fits! Thx for the perspective guides, I'm currently struggling with a super complex construction to try and get the hands and shears spot on... finally found a use for the 'mirroring rotated and tilted planes' in Scott Robertsons book XD

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