Sunday, August 26, 2007

Me by Marlo Meekins

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This is an example of masterful caricature on several levels.
My friend Marlo Meekins (blog listed on right) created this with a handful of markers--Copics, Prismacolors, Chartpaks, and a wonderful nameless Japanese brush point with hair-fine thickness. Her color choices and combinations give this vicious, pimpled likeness an odd beauty. She nailed my likeness in spite of the fact that I don't have a particularly easy face to "get". Many caricaturists I know (myself included) have conceded that. She also went for the jugular-- the humor in this piece is that I am not that awkward and ugly, but if I was, that's how I would look. However, that sensibilty in caricature--the insulting likeness--is generally not what clients want, and artists tread a fine line in determining how much is too much. It's an interesting debate that's been addressed by many caricaturists...artistic freedom vs. commercial viability. It helps to have friends with a caricaturist-mindset-lifestyle to draw! ;-)

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