It had been quite a while since I'd done any portraits or "caricatures", as I had dubbed my work. Over the last 6 or so years, I've spent most of my time creating illustrations, cartoons, drawings and designs for cute, fun gifts, kids room themes, baby nursery art and organic baby clothes designs.
Then, this past Christmas, the thought to do something special for a few dear friends attending our Christmas party, became an inspiration. Sometimes, creating something from the heart brings out the best gift of all, at least for me it seems to. I found photos of my friends and jotted down their jobs, hobbies, favorite this and thats and in only a few days, I actually managed to get my gifts done and create a style of drawing I call ~ "Character Art".
My friends loved their gifts and I didn't catch a glimpse of even one grimace! There were smiles, laughter, generous praises and Thank yous to fill my heart with pride ~ and give me the courage to offer this style illustration to our customers as well.
A "Caricature" is a humorous, exaggeration of someone's style and features and even when done really well, sometimes isn't appreciated by the subject in it. The Character Art I'm creating, is done from reference photos and drawn by hand, digitally. Each is a realistic, cartoon style drawing of a person's face done very large with a tiny body, purposefully out of proportion for a touch of humor. Each character's qualities, attire and words are added for a personalized, flattering portrayal.
I hope you like what you see enough to consider ordering one for your loved one's birthday, retirement or any day ~ especially Valentine's day! As always, I'd love to know your thoughts pertaining to my work. Thanx for visiting.
...and hey - if anyone thinks of a really awesome, clever name for this style drawing, we'd love to hear it and if we pick your idea and you agree to us using it with no obligation to you, we'll do a free Character Art just for you!
By the way - can you pick out who is who?...