|More on the nose. Mr. R's nose may well be his most dominant feature next to those smiling eyes. If you follow the rules for laying out the horizontal landmarks, (check out this free download lesson on the horizontal landmarks from the YouCanDraw.com on-line version of the book - for Windows only right now), i.e. where the center of the eyes fall on the average face, and where the bottom of the nose lies in relation to the upper lip, it'll become clear his nose comes very close to the lip -- a little and as bulbous as this particular nose appears, it's down-pointing demeanor outweighs it's bulbousness. |
In fact, that revelation becomes apparent in the next quick sketch I did - the one where the cheeks become much more of the dominating contour in the upper face. "Dominating contour"? Well, dominating after you land on them after cruising down the upside-down pear-shaped forehead. (Please don't be offended Mr. Rosen if you ever read this, but you have to remember we're talking about how to exaggerate faces :-)
Yes I'm jumping around a little, but frankly I was pretty dissatisfied with my first attempt at drawing Mr. Rosen. I needed to capture a blueprint, something to aim towards. A shell of a design, a rarified outline that captured the general overall exaggerated shapes of his face worth caricaturing. Here then was the remedy to that need:
Quick "shape capturing" outline
sketch - click on it for a larger
It's a thumbnail, but it worked. It set up and captured the general overall shape of the head and neck that I could then fill with more detailed features.
You can also see in this thumbnail version how the nose thoroughly dominates the mouth. And speaking of the mouth, can you see the asymmetry again? Yep it's subtle. But if you draw a line down the middle of the mouth right between those "incisors", you can easily see the difference between left and right halves:
How do I know there's that much asymmetry? For instance, count the teeth you see to either side of the yellow line. One side has three teeth, the other displays four. Observe the space between the upper and lower lips on each side, and ask yourself "do the teeth touch the lips at any time?" I know, may seem nit picky right now, but it's in the details that the personality is really revealed. (There's no way for you to know this unless you watch this guy on TV in Minneapolis, but he talks out of one side of his mouth a little more than the other. So it's not a fluke it shows up in a snapshot like this - it's definitely part of who he is.)
From Cheeks to Chin. I mentioned a little about the lips above, (there's more on few of the larger picture links). The cheeks seem to dominate the area just below the eyes, the nose brings us right down to the upper lip, and the mouth tapers into not just one chin, or two chins but three chins. What a great thing to get draw! (Actually the "third" chin is really more of an extra wrinkle that starts mirroring some of the shapes of the chins above it.)
OK, what did I draw so far? I did the first kind of over-detailed version that didn't really look like Mr. Rosen at all. Then I went back to really identify what makes him caricaturable. At that point I came up with the very rough line-drawing thumbnail above that got us a little closer to what a good caricature might look like - it was an overall shape-to-model version. Now, armed with a shape to aim for, I did a third drawing. This one starts filling in a little more detail than the first thumbnail, plus I lengthened the neck some. Here's that version:
Zeroing in on a likeness: getting
warmer - Click for a larger version
Hey, not too bad! :-) And even a better Randy Quaid! But getting closer. I'm going to push it some more. This version was better than the first thumbnail but something in the eyes and in the mouth weren't hitting it. (click on the picture for both a bigger picture and a few more notes on what made work / not work).
The fourth version, well, it's getting a lot closer: check it out:
So the fine tuning is starting to work. I'm still not happy with the eyes, and the mouth and teeth are a little too John Wayne-ish. So what's a guy to do? Well frankly, I'm pretty happy with this fourth drawing, but, I want to really nail this one down. Why? Because I'll be submitting to the local papers in exchange for the green stuff and I want to do a large -- like 4 to 5 foot tall painted version of the finished product that I'll shoot for getting several thousand dollars for. I'll keep you posted on the details.) I may do one or two more -- and for sure push the Randy Quaid likeness.
So that's it for today folks. Watch coming newsletters for the finished product / exaggeration. Stay well, stay brave and keep on drawing! And happy Cinco de Mayo!
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