What? ALREADY?! Seems like I just did a bunch of these. This week’s sketch is a study of “Superbad” actor Michael Cera.
This is a good example of drawing someone “cold”, or in other words having no other reference than a single picture and no other source of information. With most other subjects, especially in regards to jobs for MAD, I have seen the subjects in movies or TV shows and have some impression of them from that source. Things like how they move, their attitude, personality, expressions, etc. are all things that influence a caricaturist’s depiction of the subject. Even if I draw someone like Jack Nicholson from a single photo, what I know of him from these other sources will influence my caricature.
I’ve never seen “Superbad” or any other show Cera has been in, so all I have to work with is the superficial reference from one photo. Therefore I really have no idea if it really looks like him or not. I think it looks like the photo I used, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I captured anything about him. Sometimes drawing someone “cold” make you more objective, and sometimes in means you aren’t capturing what really identifies the subject.
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