I got country style for my cafe. It’s distinctive features are nature based such as stone chimneys and everything being made of wood or animal parts.
When reading the assignment, I though we had to draw self portraits based on the artist’s style since copying is usually frowned upon.
The reason this is my 2nd attempt at drawing a self portrait in Al Hirschfeld’s style is because there was a 1st attempt that looks like a total monstrosity (Not that this is any better to be honest). The way he draws hair is very wiry but he didn’t draw people with different color hair so I had to combine how he drew blonde hair with how he drew dark hair. I forgot that he draws eyes as dots connected to the eyebrows and realize that I should’ve done that.
There is no excuse for this. He draws his work in a version of realism. I can’t do it at realism at all. When I did the google search for “Famous caricature artists” he was one of the first I saw so I figured that I might as well attempt it.
Kenneth Branagh’s style was more cartoon-like and thus I thought it would work better for me. This is my favorite attempt to be honest since it actually does look similar to the original artist’s work. His style is the defining one of caricature with the small body/huge head proportion and the exaggerated features. I wasn’t really sure what to exaggerate since when I look at myself, I have a lot of flaws/oddities to point out yet overall my face is average and if I tried to exaggerate anything I would just look like I’m reaching.
Here’s my 1st design for my final caricature. I looked at all my flaws and tried to come up with a design with all of those glaring flaws and make it more personal.
Of course I gave myself a large head since it is a caricature and my normal head is pretty big. I might make the hat smaller to convey that.
I also have bushy eyebrows. I don’t particularly see them as flaws but it is something noticeable so I exaggerated them. I also have big doe eyes so I exaggerated them to the point where it’s almost anime. I also have long eyelashes on those big eyes so I exaggerated them so they’re as long as the hairs on my head. Under my eyes are large gucci eyebags. I always joke that my eyebags are so fabulous that they must be from gucci. So I added the logo for a comedic effect. I made my nose tiny because of how insignificant my little button nose is.
I made my lips extra big because that’s how they feel to me. People often think I’m wearing lipstick and other lip enhancing products and it annoys me to the point I wish they were thinner, paler and less pouty-looking. I have always had weird teeth growing up. My first adult teeth were my canines which made me look like I had fangs for most of my childhood. I might enlarge those to make it look like I’m saber-toothed or just keep them as fangs, I don’t really know. I feel as though my fangs are just a significant part of me that I have to add them. I also have a bit of an overbite with a slight gap between my two front teeth. While braces did make it better, I still think it would be funny to poke fun at if I exaggerate it.
Another trait I have is a double chin. I hate having one but I decided to give myself a quadruple chin to exaggerate it.
The chinese characters on my shirt show my interest in foreign (usually asian, not because of yellow fever but because I’m a nerd) culture and I did take chinese in high school so I figured might as well put “loser” in chinese on the shirt since I can’t think of what else to put there.
To Connie: Is this still all black and white or is color allowed? Is there a specific kind of paper and size you want? you want this in ink right? Did I exaggerate too much? Too little? Is it normal to be this self-conscious after making a self portrait? Am I overthinking this?
Te Wei was a chinese animator who would use paint and ink to make distinctly chinese animated films. How I used his techniques onto my cel animation? I mainly used acrylic paint because it dried the best way on the cel and I sparingly used ink on the characters much like mr. Te himself. If you would like to know more about him, I have a whole research paper on him. in one of my earlier WordPress posts. Just use the tag “Te Wei”.
I was absent due to sickness and my macbook pro self-destructing to the point not even the Help Desk can help me. Thus I don’t know exactly how many pieces we need so I picked the ones I liked the best.
This is the Chair done in charcoal. I chose to do a close up of the chair’s corners because I liked the sheet’s folds there. What I like about it is the soft shading and excellent forms. The corner folds bother me because of how muddy it looks but it’s a subtle muddiness.
This is Nature vs Man glitch gif. This shows how nature is being taken over my man. Made using Photoshop and Audacity. What I like about it is the smoothness in the glitch. I don’t like how short it is though.
This is my own personal project. there’s an internet phenomenon called Inktober, where every October, artists would post online their ink drawings. This was my contribution, I was seeing what different Micron Pens would do. I’m pleased with the shading on this skull. I wish the eye sockets were more consistently scaled. I also would’ve put this into photoshop to erase the pencil lines if I still had my macbook.
This is my big D. As much as I hate how cheesy the burnt edges look, I do love everything else. My favorite part about this is the chinese lettering within the D. 2 years of Mandarin in HS were worth it. The bright color scheme also works for this piece too.
I woke up and when I went on my mac, it was doing this! It was fine last night and I put it under my bed so no one stepped on it. I don’t know why it turned into glitch art and I am freaking out!
te-wei this is the link to my research paper on the cel animator, Te Wei.