I’m working on a very different project right now, designing political characters to be used as the basis of some 3D animation for a documentary film. This is WAY outside my comfort zone. You might think that since I draw caricatures of the same actors over and over in a MAD parody that it wouldn’t be that hard for me to draw a “turn around” of a caricature of someone. Not so. It’s a totally different animal to design a caricature that when rotated on an axis remains consistent in it’s proportions and exaggerations.
The first character I was told to work on was former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. I got so frustrated trying to get it to work that I eventually decided to approach it from an entirely different angle… doing a sculpture of the caricature to use as the basis of my design.
I’m not much of a sculptor, but I didn’t need a finished, polished result. All I needed was a basic construct of the face in caricature that I could use as a model for my character design. So, I went out and bought my first box of Super Sculpy and this is the result:
Again… very rough basic construct. Not surprisingly, all I could think about as I was working on this was the great Spitting Image puppet that was seen on that show and also the Genesis video “Land of Confusion”. I went out of my way NOT to look that up on the internet and only work from photos of Reagan, but looking after the fact I can see the influence from memory.
Here are some of the roughs of the heads only of the animated character I am working up:
The documentary won’t be out for a long time, but it should be fun to work on. I’m doing 11 characters in all.
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