Well, this portrait’s two-fold. First, I wanted to get something done in time for his memorial on Monday, with some time to get it framed (tomorrow). And, second, since I am drawing portraits of my heroes, it seemed only natural to include him here as one of them.
Rest in peace my friend…hopefully, I’ll try and get some words down in time for Monday as well in case they’re going to allow people to speak.
My first “live” caricature. Kelly offered herself up as my first victim. Took about 20 minutes. Botched the nose, and art style is inconsistent in my opinion. I’m trying to stick to straight solid lines, thus, the cross hatching. Fighting the urge to shade is colossal and overbearing. Smudging is a real issue as well…I need to get that paper and tape it to my drawing hand or something.
There he is, the Grand Master himself, Boris Vallejo. Or, at least my pitiful rendition of him. This is the kick-start to my Line of Heroes, in which I will attempt to recognize those whom I admire by drawing their portraits. There is no way in a million years I could be half the artist Mr. Vallejo is, but that doesn’t mean I should stop trying…
I can’t even begin to quantify how much Boris Vallejo’s work has inspired and taught me. I remember being a kid and blowing all my allowance on his books. I would pore over them, agape, and in awe as to how it was possible anyone could do those things with a pencil. I have never in my life seen anyone wield one with a such commanding mastery as him.
Should you ever read this, I hope you don’t get too mad at me for taking a stab at drawing your portrait.
This is an illustration I did of an illustration by Mort Drucker, the greatest caricaturist who has ever walked the earth. I really hope he doesn’t get too mad at me for practicing on this, but shouldn’t students of art copy the works of the masters?
I hope to be able to someday do this from photographs myself, but for now, I need Mr. Drucker’s art as a guide. He knows exactly where to put each line, and, most importantly, when and where NOT to draw. That’s the trick. A trick I will likely never get down on my own. To be able to draw people, and have them instantly recognized, without introducing their names anywhere would be an amazing goal to achieve.
A goal effortlessly attained by Mort Drucker. However, I need to be extremely careful not to absorb his style.
Attempted to practice a portrait in straight black Prismacolor, as it seems to scan better than graphite, using Julia Roberts as the subject. As you can see, I failed spectacularly — doesn’t look a thing like her lol. Oh, well, at least it looks like someone out there, hehe.