Meryl Streep Caricature Sketch

Caricatures, Illustration

Today it’s all about the Queen of the cinema, Mrs. Meryl Streep.  She’s up for an Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.  It’s another movie I have yet to see, but I’m blown away when I see screen shots from the movie and how she transforms into her character.  After seeing her in Julie and Julia, I now look at pictures of the real Julia Childs and think she’s the actress.  Meryl Streep is the real Julia.  It’s all so confusing.

For my next caricature, I’m going to tackle Gary Oldman.

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Brad Pitt Caricature Sketch

Caricatures, Illustration

I usually don’t like to draw my caricatures from a straight on view.  I like more of a 3/4 view where I can play with animating the character a little more.  With a straight on view, I feel like the drawing can get a little flat.  It can lose some of the great characteristics of the face like the way a nose is structured, or the contour of the head that is found in a 3/4 view.  There are exceptions though, and that was the case when I started drawing my sketch of Brad Pitt.  For Brad, it was all about the jawline and the eyes.  Oh yeah, and the long, scraggly hair style he’s sporting these days.

The reason I went with a straight on view this time was the shape that evolved when drawing the jawline.  Brad has a really strong jaw.  I know that I could show that in another view, but what I liked here was the way the hair helped to accentuate the shape.  Also, from this view I felt it was a great way to show off the half opened smile and the slightly raised left eyebrow that are often seen in his expressions.

Tomorrow’s Oscar contender is Glenn Close.

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Kim Jong Il Caricature


Back in 2009, I created a small series of caricatures that focused on leaders around the world.  These caricatures were posted to an old blog that I was using at the time.  I thought with the passing of Kim Jong Il, it would be a good opportunity to revisit his caricature on this blog.  You can also see my caricatures of President Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on my website. Robbie McCord Illustration