Wednesday, March 19, 2008

grotesque caricature


My son says it looks grotesque.... which means its just right.....
Master Caricature Exaggerator, Jan Op De Beeck http://www.opdebeeck.com/ once said in an NCN seminar that one of his secrets to Exaggeration was in "drawing a funny head." The head should be able to form an interesting silhouette. I've been trying for ages to do that and am now beginning to understand a little bit with satisfying results. This is one of my most interesting pictures yet. I particularly love the negative space Ive created between the nose and the hair chin.... OWWW!!! I just broke my arm patting myself on the back!!! MEDIC!!!

9 comments:

germankid05 said...

at first i tought it was a duck...
few minutes later i recognized my Physic teacher that i had in Brazil

i just love your drawings

Great Style... and also great is the tought of you drawing those people in just a few minutes that you hawe between Stations...

Don`t you take pictures of them?
Or do you have the best Visual memory i have ever heard about?

Keep teh Nice work!!!

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...
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Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

You thought he was a DUCK! I love it!!! LOL! It's frustrating NOT to be able to take pictures of my victims as "evidence" but given the nature of what I'm doing, mainly drawing them on the "sneak" its impossible for me to come up to them and say, HEY! I just clowned you without you knowing it can I take a photo of ya and post it online?
New Yawkers are suspicious by nature, and If one is looking at me too hard and aware they're being observed, it makes for a bad picture and I abandon it and go on to someone else. I do have a good photographic memory. I do a very rough sketch of what I see, then refine it as I go along. Sometimes I'm lucky if they stay on for the entire ride, other times I have to get them quick and go on memory. It varies. The important thing when doing this is find out How I FEEL about the subject. and not primarily how they "objectively look" Getting their personality or "soul" is what's important.

Dan said...

I think I might have seen this dude chillen on the subway the other day when I was up in the NYC...
unless that is a common look for new yorkers ;)

Great stuff, check my blizzog soon for a new smack at your MUG.

Peace

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

too bad you didnt give me a hollar when you were up in the city. I wouldve hooked up with you so we could do some subwaysurfin. A LOT on New Yawkers have this "sleexy" look to em, expecially people in the village, and in the Rockaways, which has some of the most busted lookin white folks Ive seen in all the five boros ! LOL! must be all that sun and surf that does it.

Dan said...

I'll definitely hit you up next time im in the big apple (i'm there quite often), soon I shall do some septa surfin' when I'm back in school here in Philly.
Here in philly our signature person is a beer belly and a fat face with a cheesteak in hand.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

In NYC the Look seems to be seems "how unshaven can I look before people think Im homeless"Everybody also looks pissed off most of the time which I dont help matters much when they catch me drawin em! LOL! subwaysketching is DANGEROUS!!!

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Great drawing Elgin!
Yeah, carefull with patting yourself on the back too hard- with all your martial art training, you could hurt yourself!

Sean (53AN) Gardner said...

Holly something WOW BAtman!! this is pretty Kick ass man!! seriously. I love the icorpation of eggxageration used.