Tuesday, May 16, 2006

more from the doodle files

Some years ago I decided I'd create a portrait as a gift to a couple of friends getting married. I really wanted to make it more of a funny caricature than serious. These are a bunch of sketches of the idea I had. I love this pen & ink/watercolor style, but I just don't have the patience to finish anything this way. (Half way through something always gets messed up and then I have to start all over again).



She is not quite this glamorous in person.



I ended up chucking the whole caricature idea and drew a portrait in pencil, straight from a photograph, and used a graph to make sure I got it drawn just right. If you stick a photo into a plastic sleeve, then draw a graph on the sleeve, then draw an enlarged graph on paper, it makes it a lot easier to draw from a photo.

I like the looser style better. I should go back to practicing this again... I hardly do anything anymore without help from my computer!

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Jenn, you are soooooo talented, i love the color carciatures..delightful!

Badoozie said...

so, did it take you like 3 hours to finish the shading on her upper lip?

Seeker said...

Good caricatures. Yeah, just letterrrip. Loose is good.

Jenn said...

Michelle/Seeker, thanks.

Susie, Heck yes it did!

momyblogR said...

I LOVE the cartoons! But, the pencil is beautiful too.

EmmaSometimes said...

Thanks Badoozer Dynamite!! ~giggling~

Jenn,
Those caricatures are fabulous. Where exactly is the tunnel of love? Is that at Disneyland?

Meow said...

They are great caricatures, and the pencil drawing is wonderful. I think it is time I learnt to draw !!! You are amazing.
Take care, Meow

Jenn said...

Emma, I don't think I've ever seen a tunnel of love except in cartoons.

Jenn said...

meow, you should read Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That book can teach anyone to draw.

Destination...Gloryland! said...

Jenn, you sure have a gift with drawing! And about not being able to do anything without the help of your computer...I can relate. I have a hard time writing a 5 sentence handwritten note, but I can type a couple pages on the computer. Go figure.