How To Paint Caricatures: A Short Film

November 8, 2011

Yesterday I popped over to the blog of one of my favorite illustrators: Peter de Sève. There are some wonderful posts you should check out. One bit of great news you'll discover from checking out recent posts is that de Sève has been involved in doing illustrations for some books by Charles Dickens which will come out next year for the Dickens Bicentennial. Could anything be better? The pairing of a favorite illustrator with my favorite writer? I already knew next year was going to be fun but now I'm even more excited.

I also read de Sève's post on John Kascht. Everyone, whether they are interested in doing caricatures or not should read this post and check out the film "Funny Bones." Kascht is indeed a master artist (at one point he even makes a clay model of Conan O'Brien, the making of the portrait of whom is the subject of the film). The film is actually about seeing and observing. It is simply a joy to watch. Kascht's articulate opening definition of what drawing is lets you into the philosophical bent of this artist's mind and approach. You won't be able to walk away. So set aside 27 minutes today to be thrilled, inspired, and awed.

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    Great value post thanks, Roz, so far I’ve only watched the Funny Bones video and that was fabulous.

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    That was a great video! I like that it shows how much time and effort Kascht put into the assignment. It is easy to think that just because an artist is very good, that he just whips out paintings, drawings, ect. quickly and with little effort. Especially with art forms like caricature and illustration.

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    Melisa, YES, I think that’s a wonderful aspect of it as well. One of the struggles I have when teaching as an artist in residence at various secondary schools is to get across the concepts of planning and thumbnail sketches, and doing DRAFTS of things. Kids seem to think that if they don’t do it quick and right immediately that they aren’t good at something and give it up. Which is exactly when you have to dig in, look some more and do more sketches! I loved that he went so far as to create the clay model (Which I thought was fabulous).

    All the best painters that I like, whether they are doing illustration or “fine art,” all do studies like this and plan and build up to a final piece. I love that the film shows this so clearly.

    Glad you enjoyed it.

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