Hi all! Court Jone's suggested in his caricature course that a good exercise is to pick an artist whose style you admire and to do a "master study" of some of their drawings. The goal is to carefully note their process and construction, and the artistic decisions they've made with each piece. Then, try your hand at duplicating their style with what you've learned. I've attached a sheet of sketches made from Mort Drucker's "Lost In Space" story from Mad magazine. I've always loved his mixed sense of cartoony-ness and real anatomical knowledge. I made careful (or near so) copies of several characters and then drew two of my own in Mort Drucker's style. The male head of Professor Robinson in the upper left of the sheet and the attempt at Dr. Smith in the lower right. Bleh! These are not so very good but I do think I am learning something about structure and rendering in doing them. Of course, much more study is needed. Your comments and critiques are encouraged and welcomed, thank you :-) Cheers!
Here is a sheet of practice drawings using the "constructive drawing" method visualizing the basic planes of the face and head for inventing characters. They're not good but I feel I am making some progress. I kinda like the fellow with the wide opened mouth. With that sketch I think I was remembering a profile from a Norman Rockwell illustration. I like that he has definite character. The other sketches look more like manikins - in a bad way :-( Comments and critiques are absolutely welcomed. Thanks!