pictures and words by paul mccall

March 2008
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Caricature Progress 03
Filed under: Studio Caricatures, Caricature Step-by-Step
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 7:11 pm

Back to the progress shots of the BSG caricature. While at the caricature convention I “inked” the figures and laid in the broad areas of color.

The background lines are still there, just made invisible for your convenience.

Then I laid in the colors to be modeled using the oil painting brush in Painter X.

This is a detail since I forgot to save the entire image at this stage.

This is the finished image for the “Body Shop” version. I blended the harsh lay-in of modeling colors using the blender tool “Just Add Water.” That’s it for this size. Later I’ll try to document taking this image into the 11″ x 17″ format and fully painting it!

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NCN St. Louis Mini-Convention
Filed under: Workshops
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 1:15 pm

This week, from Sunday to Wednesday night I was in St. Louis for a min-convention hosted by the St.Louis chapter of the National Caricaturist Network. This was the first such gathering I have attended after years of trying (things kept interfering and I would have to cancel) and I was surprised at how much fun I had and how educational and inspiring it was. I had read all the glowing reports from previous cons but I had to experience it myself to really believe it. The guest of honor was Tom Richmond, one of Mad Magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” Tom was under a deadline to finish a MAD TV parody so he set up his equipment in the main function room and worked while the attendees gathered around and peppered him with questions.

Tom was a theme park caricaturist for years so working in the public is second nature to him as it is to all of us who were there.

One of the mainstays of these conventions is drawing and being drawn by as many of the other artists as possible. Many of the folks there have been attending conventions for years so any fresh face is immediately pounced upon. That would be me, this time. Every time I sat down for one artist I would look around and see that I was being drawn from every possible angle by other artists.

These shots are by me from my viewpoint as I sat for another artist.

A couple of the results;

After awhile I settled down and started drawing others;

This artist came from Israel!

The Dad of one of the St. Louis artists.

There were presentations for artists by artists. Tips and techniques on how they approach certain aspects of our business. This one was “How to Work the Crowd” but at this point Jerry Dowling, a well-known Cincinnati artist, is detailing his appraoch to dissecting a face for exaggeration.

There are competitions. This one was for party artist, the judging revolved around how entertaining the artists are when interacting with the subject, how they deal with hecklers and uncooperative subjects.

I didn’t enter that one, it was more fun to be among the subjects and inflict on them all the things I have experienced.

The walls of the function room are divided up into equal sections and the artists are encourage to put up the drawings done of the others as well as an studio work they brought along. For this min-con it was mainly drawings done while there.

My wall. I didn’t draw as much as others. Being my first time I was wandering around soaking up as much as possible from others.

The last couple from my wall.

A very enjoyable, educational and somewhat exhausting artistic retreat. Thanks Share, Debbo, Okie and all the St. Louis artists