Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anatomy of a Caricature Assignment

Back in March,
I was commissioned by a Mom to draw caricatures for a “Save the Date” announcing an engagement party for her daughter and future son-in-law. 

Mom had these elements in mind for me to creatively integrate, when she sent me their photo as reference: 
· She wanted a “book theme”

· She wanted to indicate the venue for the event

· She wanted the couple’s dog to be included (I was sent a separate photo of “Huckleberry”)

· She wanted green and orange to be the "themed" bridal colors 

Welcome to the August edition of Not Your Usual
Caricature Artist.

I then rough-sketched out how I wanted the couple — and their dog — to appear, and sent the sketch to her for conceptual approval.

She liked the approach, but asked that I change the “title” of the book they’re holding to simply state the “Who,What, Where and When” of the event within the pages of the book.

With that established, I then did a more refined sketch of how the couple actually looks.
Upon further approval, I did a tight pen (Sharpie) outline of the layout on an 11” x 14” Canson art pad “50-pound” sheet.

After which, I colored it in, using Prismacolor (Magic Marker) and fine point Sharpie for incidental, nuanced touches throughout.

Voila — It’s now ready for double duty, come October, as a “Save the Date” mailer before...and as a “Sign-In Board” at the event. 

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See you again the first Tuesday of next month for another illustrated rendering of Not Your Usual Caricature Artist.