I was just wondering if you have advice on how one should caricature oneself? What features do you look for and how do you transfer that to a character that's likable and easy to draw off reference? Sorry to put you on the spot, I've just been struggling with this for awhile-- I love your comics, by the way!
Oh man, that’s a cool question right there.
I feel like this is kinduva bad thing to ask me, since I’ve been told I’m sorta harsh on myself when I caricature myself. I make my nose too big, my gappy teeth really pronounced, my expressions more grotesque, yadda yadda yadda.
But yeah, I guess that sorta ties into the whole personal self image thing? I don’t really get hung up on that sorta stuff in real life, so whenever I draw myself that stuff is what I’ll use as quick identifiers. Hell, even when I’m drawing my diary comic and translating them into a bloody blue dog it’s easy to slip in. Yes, I’m not a blue dog and dogs don’t have hair cuts, but my hair could become dog ears? Dammit it’s art go nuts.
So in terms of what features to go for, I guess go for the stuff that you feel defines you best visually. How obvious you wanna go is up to you. I personally like the more unique caricatures I’ve seen since I feel they say more about the artist. Within reason though, I dunno, you draw yourself with horns growing out of your head and I think you need to check your drinking water.
As for the whole quick-to-draw-off-reference thing, eventually it’ll just become second nature. You’ll subconsciously list off the identifying features without even thinking about it. Just practice and keep at it.
Yikes this is a bit of an essay. Hope it helps though ;D
Saturday, 7 December 2013