Just a quick sketch of Ricky Gervais.
It has been a busy Summer and Fall for me so, I haven’t had any time to work on a new caricature or my blog. Recently, I’ve been given the opportunity to follow my other passion which is photography. If you’re interested in seeing some of my work you can follow my other blog which is http://mccordimages.wordpress.com or, click on the McCord Photography link under my blogroll.
I did make time today to work on a new caricature. I decided to create one of Conan O’Brien whose new show starts November 8 on TBS. I love expressionist art so, I wanted this caricature to have that feel.
I decided that I want to try a new blog series. Originally, it was going to be titled “Coffee with the Presidents” as I was thinking I would create a caricature a day of each of our 44 presidents while drinking my morning coffee. I just realized as I’m typing this blog that in a couple of days I’m turning 44 and, now I’m illustrating 44 Presidents . . . spooky. Instead I decided to just spend the “Summer with the Presidents”. That alleviated the pressure of needing to get one done a day and it will give me the opportunity to spend more time on any that I feel need a little work. Although, like many artists I never feel like any piece I create is finished.
My goal through all this it to just push myself as a caricature artist and to keep drawing. Even though I’ve been a cartoonist most of my life, illustrating a caricature is a whole other ball game. With cartooning I can create any character I want but, with caricatures the subject needs to look and be recognizable as a particular person. Tough task when I’m distorting and pushing their facial features.
An added bonus will be learning our U.S. Presidents. I was taught in school many years ago who they were and in what order them became President but, like many of the things that I learned in school and have never used since, I haven’t retained that information. Good thing this time is I’m in charge and, I can guarantee that there will be no quiz at the end.
The first President of the United States is obviously George Washington. We all know that right? One thing I never knew though was that he died of a throat infection. Here is a great account of his death written by his adopted son George Washington Custis, for those who are interested. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/washington.htm
I’ve seen reports on the news the past couple of days of how Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was busted in a sting operation put on by the tabloid “News of the World”. She apparently offered to sell access to her her ex-husband Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds or $724,000. One thing came to my mind when I heard this. I really need to work on more caricatures that I can post to my blog. I’m missing out on all the great subjects making the news lately.