Caricatures

These pics were done as a commission for the girl’s bat mitzvah last month.

Done from photos 100 percent in Photoshop on my Cintiq. I was hired to do a “caricature”, but,  more and more these jobs I do from photos, are more like cartoony illustration. Not really exaggerated, just nice comic-book looking versions of the people. I don’t mind, but I have been thinking of make a separate section/sub-heading to delineate this style from actual caricature samples.

Hello and welcome to another process blog, I haven’t done one in a while, and so heeeeeere we go:

One of the categories for the SDCC 2013 souvenir book this year is Doctor Who. The deadline was Midnight tonight. Yesterday at midnight I decided to do a pic for it. I am great planner-man!

Step One:  Roughs / Layouts

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Did a rough in Photoshop on my cintiq at 7×9 (the size specified). I only did one rough, sometimes I do more, but I find I am more often than not happy with my first rough, (at least with my personal work). I wanted to include all my favorite heros and villians. I did a rough layout sketch, realized I had to skip villains. Once the layout was done  I realized it was too crowded, and I was too short on time to include everyone in it even if I fixed the composition. So I narrowed it down to just The three Doctors and K-9.

Step Two:  Research

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Grabbed a bunch of pics of my characters and the props and BG elements I would be using .

Step Three:  Digital “pencils” or Rough Clean-Ups

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Using reference I cleaned up the rough to digital “pencils” again Photoshop on my cintiq. This is too rough to give to someone else to clean-up, but more than tight enough to ink myself

Step Four:  Revision

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Adjusted David Tennant’s eyes and Tom Bakers hair, added glasses to Tennant, added Matt Smith’s Sonic Screwdriver, and the Bad Wolf Graffiti on the Tardis .

Step Five:  Lightbox

IMG_7278Converted the rough to Grayscale, adjusted the brightness and contrast so it would print well and printed it out 8.5×11 (larger than print size will be). Taped it down to my light box.

Step Six:  Inks

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Taped a piece of 9×12 Strathmore Bristol Vellum over the rough and began inking. 80 Percent of the inking was done with the black side of a double sized Japanese brush pen. The rest was pigman pens .05, .03, and .01 for the tardis Bg and K-9, and a 100% Black Copic marker for the space area and the hair and Jacket on Patrick Troughton.

Step Seven:  White Out and a Toy

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I masked out the outer space area using scrap paper. then I dipped a hard bristle toothbrush into my dr martins bleed proof white and flicked it to create a star effect.  I also dabbed it manually to create a few different looking stars. K-9′s head looked a little off to me so I grabbed my figure of him and adjusted his headlines s a bit again using the bleed proof white.

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K-9 Toy!

Step Eight:  Scan It

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My scanner has been acting terrible lately. So, I ran to the fedex/kinkos that is open until 11pm and spent 98 cents to have them scan it.

Step Nine:  Crop, Re-size and Contrast

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Back in Photoshop I reduce the size to fit the 7×9 requested size, and crop the bleed off. Then I delete all the white using the magic wand tool with “constrain” off, I then lower the brightness and up the contrast.Finally I set the layer blending to “multiply”. NOw I have a nice crisp black ink layer with no artifacts.

Step Ten:  Color

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Made new layer under the inks and colored all the flats with the pencil tool.

Then made several layers between the flats and inks at varying opacities  for shading and highlights.

I was literally coloring up to the last second and sent the final in at 11:59pm . While I think it came out Decent  If I decide to make a print of this, I will definitely work on the color some more.

A digital caricature I sketched up and colored in Photoshop on my Cintiq for the Awkward faces caricature face group on Facebook. Went a little more insulty than last time, but next time I’d like to push it even further

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A quick digital caricature I sketched up and colored in Photoshop on my Cintiq for the Awkward faces caricature face group on Facebook. It’s been going on for a while and has some amazing artists on it, I rarely submit to it, but this time I did with several whole hours to spare! Next time if I have more time/inclination/inspiration I may even try to do a “real” caricature with exaggeration and insult galore.

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