30 Minute speed painting/sketch of Tommy Lee Jones.
Detail of sketch, to show how loose it was painted . . .I'd like to share this letter with you all, written by my student Kerim to fellow classmates at Schoolism.
i was looking through all my class notes the other day and realized how much stuff we all actually learned in this caricature class and how its almost impossible to remember all of it now that we're almost at the end... so i start...ed compiling a list of all of the valuable things Jason has told us, to have on my desk to refer to from time to time and to keep me from having to watch all of the video lessons and critiques to refresh me on what we had learned in previous weeks...
hope that made sense :)
anyways... also, please, keep this list for yourselves (or ask Jason's permission before distributing to others) to respect all of the work Schoolism and Jason have done to help us all improve as artists.
other than that, jason, i hope i did you justice... and for the rest of you, enjoy!
good luck with your final assignments!
words of wisdom from jason seiler
(gathered from all schoolism lessons and various student critiques)
find the true character of the person
keep it simple
look for simple shapes and size relationships between features
eyes and mouth, then head shape most important
think in terms of inner face and outer face
simplify the weight, where is it?
exaggeration: for every action, theres reaction
compare faces side-by-side to point out differences between people
when sketching: start light and thin, think shape and structure
when darkening lines, dont trace. use as guidelines and improve
upon whats underneath
caricature drawing = study of person's true character
exaggerate the truth by pushing the features
get the placement and general shape
don't settle for a weak drawing
perfect practice makes perfect
flip drawing and reference upsdide-down or sideways to turn off left
sketching = adjusting
step back to get a fresh look. zoom out to not get caught up in the
squint your eyes to help simplify
what makes person unique and interesting?
what stands out and why?
tell the story
be encouraged, don't give up
don't distort, exaggerate
thumbnail sketching: give yourself choices, possibilities
look at face. what comes out furthest, what goes in, what's narrower,
where is the widest point, thinnest?
find the triangles
focus on placement of features, not details
exaggeration: everything must follow - its the combination of
features relating to each other
likeness is king
width and weight: find the shape of head
pay attention to angles
look away from person. draw the impression of person
follow the form, exaggeration must follow
keep going. start sketching. start over!
think about planes of face, contours of face
sketching = adjustment & problem solving
for beginner: study portraiture before caricature
develop yourself as an artist - sketch, think, learn, draw, paint, see
hair: get the main shapes first. slow down
don't do one drawing. explore and sketch lots of thumbnails
don't exaggerate one feature but all features working together
doing thumbnails are like taking notes
when doing thumbnails, think in animation drawing style
value painting: start with 4-5 values only and move towards more
what is the reason for what youre drawing?
try to capture the essence of person
what is a caricature to you? strong caricature, strong likeness,
hair: try to paint it in, dont use speckling
paint with feeling
think cartoon first
what pops out the most?
thumbnail = plan of what could be. possibilities
shape = placement of features
caricature = character, structure, likeness, exaggeration, humor,
don't get caught up on things that dont matter
pay attention to shapes in between. negative space
eyes: capture the shape of whites of eyes
think in planes/angles
exaggerate and push but still think about anatomy
process: start light. block in general shape. placement. build up.
slow down. spend more time on the eyes, mouth, nose and head
shapes - width, weight, depth, contour lines
what is the most important thing? whats next?
where is the humor?
humor? you mean humor 'haha' or funny like a clown humor?
umm hello... are you listening to me?
am i talking too much?
do you think i could sell this list on ebay and make money behind
jason seiler's back?
does reading this list make me look fat?
do you think drinking 6 cups of coffee a day is bad for your sense of
anyways... jokes aside, i hope making this list was helpful to all of
you. but most importantly, don't forget to thank jason for sharing his
wealth of knowledge with us. thanks jason!
kerim (aka. jerkyturk)
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