Sketch o’the Week

November 26th, 2008 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

This week’s subject is “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. This sketch took about 1/2 hour. It’s a good example of how the posture and body language of a subject can play an important part in the overall effectiveness of the caricature. Stewart’s hunched forward posture and folded hands are as recognizable a feature of his persona as his ample nose. Likewsie expression comes very much into play with his caricature. He often looks up from under his brows and cocks and eyebrow at the camera. These elements help reinforce and strengthen a caricature.


  1. Lash LeRoux says:

    Bang on likeness, Tom! You know, I was already planning on leaving a comment about the posture adding so much to the likeness even before I read your post. I always felt that this was an element Mort Drucker used quite effectively in his MAD parodies. I have a lot of trouble with that, myself. There’s been several times when I felt that I captured a strong likeness, but the drawing itself seemed very static and lifeless, which really hurt the overall piece.

  2. Tom says:

    Thanks for the comment, Lash! Always nice to hear from you. I agree completely about the posture and body being central to the caricature.

  3. great job, I think for one of the next sketch of the weeks, you should draw his friend the democrat who wants to be a republican Steven Colbert.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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