Since I haven’t gotten back to the BSG President Rosalyn caricature to show how that is going I’ll show you the progress steps on this commissioned piece I just finished. This will give anyone reading this that is contemplating commissioning a caricature an idea of the working process.
Foreground, to the left side, caricature of Rod Serling. - B/W tone caricature
Behind Serling, filling the rest of the image area, **** standing under an arching sign saying “Welcome to Willoughby.” - Full color caricature
**** will be standing next to a roulette wheel (Vegas style lighted signs behind that area), wearing Converse shoes, holding a drink in one hand, a chili-cheeseburger in the other (one of the Vegas signs can be a Tommy’s sign), turtle(s) on the roulette table, other people around the roulette table will be scantily clad girls and Baxter, Ferrari.
That was approved so I proceeded with this succession of progress images emailed to the client.
The next step was to define the facial drawing of the subject and that of Rod Serling.
I got caught up in Serling so I finished him then went on to place the less interesting elements of the roulette table and the cars to get them out of the way. The drawing of the girls was firmed up as well in this stage. This project had a fast turnaround so I designed it in a way that I didn’t have to draw and paint faces for all the girls.
Color for the background and rendering the Tommy’s Hamburger Hut and car stage.
Fully rendered subject and the girl on his arm.
I sketched and painted this in Corel Painter X. At this stage you can see how I start out each figure. I draw an outline with the selection tool, using the line drawing as a guide, then drop in a base flesh tone. Then using the oil painting brushes I render the modeling of the form. Then I release the selection and paint in the clothing and hair. There was a time I would have had each figure on a separate layer but I’ve learned that Painter can start to slow down and the risk of a program crash increases the more layers you have in a file. Since I was fairly confident that I wouldn’t have to move any of the figures around beyond the original design I painted all the girls on a single layer. For safety I painted all the figures in a separate file without the background, cars and Tommy’s hut then copied and pasted the finished piece into the main file.