Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sketchbook Sharing: Oscar-icatures!

Earlier this week, a friend asked if I would come to a party to do some caricatures. Since I haven't done anything like that in years, I decided to try and practice by sketching some of this year's Oscar contenders. (See the portmanteau there? Oscar-icatures, its Oscar + Caricatures.)

Joaquin Phoenix in Her

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips


Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

This was a considerable challenge for me. After spending years being taught how to draw faces in proper proportion, it was exceptionally difficult to break from those rules. I actually did a lot more of the nominees, but these are the ones that I think turned out the best. 

I don't want to make it sound like I'm giving up after trying something new, but this really felt more like a chore than something fun, so I think I'll stick to my strengths with drawing portraits for the foreseeable future.

Also, I learned that its easier to edit your weekly blog post when you stick to drawing a single theme during that week, so I think I can still mark this experience in the win column. 


  1. These are amazing! Oh my goodness, I love that you did this. How cool is this? I don't know anyone else that has done this. I really want to see Her, by the by. Anyways, I am sorry to hear that these Oscar-icatures were a chore, because I think you really did something fantastic.

    1. Thanks. Its really hard to say, I wanted to really get into this, but it feels like I'm fighting against my own strengths if that makes any sense.

      "Her" does sound interesting and is high on my "want to see" list now that I know its not some cheap comedy with a third act horror movie twist were the computer goes all HAL 9000 in the end like I originally thought.

  2. The one of Joaquin Phoenix is awesome. Seriously.. very cool. I understand it must be a pain in the ass to break out of your comfort zone and do those - but damn... it's cool.
    Oh... and it made me feel a bit better today.

    1. Made you feel better? Wow. Thats high praise I never expected. You are welcome sir!

  3. Hi Erik,
    These look lovely! Good job!



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