I have access to an online sketcher channel, it's like a horribly gimped version of photoshop but everyone in the channel draws on the same page. You can watch each other draw and there's a little chat thing, its fun.
I'm trying to learn after effects. Here's a little intro I made for Patrick by moving around some assets and traditional animations I had. One day I may have enough footage to make a kickstarter.. one day...
I went to figure drawing again this week. Here are some 5 minute poses that I decided to paint. Don't get me wrong, I don't claim to have painted each of these in 5 minutes. Rather I drew each pose about 3 times during the 5 minute pose then spent the rest of the session painting them. Since the model was still there, I could still reference while I was painting, I just had to improvise a bit.
The figures are only about 4" tall and on the same little black board in acrylic.
Every year in November
a few hundred caricature artists from around the world gather to
participate and compete at the ISCA (International Society of
Caricature Artists) Convention. The main event of the convention is a
4 day competition in a large ballroom where the artists draw, paint
and sculpt caricatures of the other convention attendees. Every artist has their own section of wall to display their creations and at the end of the 4 days all the participants vote on the artwork.
Now, most people think
they have a pretty good idea of what a caricature is: “they make
you into a funny cartoon”, “They find your most important feature
and make it really big”. It would be useful however to have a more
concrete definition to really appreciate the convention.
is the abstraction of likeness.
Those are fancy words
for: caricature finds the aspects of likeness, the qualities by which
things differ and our brains use to identify the subject, and brings
it forward, creating a piece of art that ideally looks more like the
subject then the subject itself.
Imagine a few hundred
artists doing that in a room for 4 days. The real gems are the
caricatures that capture more then appearance; they capture
personality, attitude, the way they act, the things they do, the
sounds they make, the way they move, and more. To really make a good
caricature the artist needs to be exceptionally observant.
After several days of
essentially stalking each other to make the best caricatures they
can; everyone attending the convention gets to know each other pretty
well. Everyone working in the same room, learning form each other, inspiring each other, pushing each other breeds a sort of family. Some pretty famous caricature artists attend, and even if you
aren't as famous as them they will be pretty friendly, accept your
facebook friend request, and even recognize and talk to you like you
are their buddy if you visit their table at comic con.
I'd like to share with
you my small section of wall from the 2012 ISCA Convention. I did my best to capture observations I made of the people I decided to draw and paint.
I won some awards which is really cool, thanks everyone! :)