|Chris Rock by A. Filetti|
In studying caricature I put a lot of stock into Tom Richmond's writings, as they are well written and enable caricature abilities. One of his key stated observations is that a good caricature can be judged by whether or not the likeness truly equates to the subject (the carving/drawing truly looks like the individual).
As part of my studies I read other blogs, many by other graphic artists and animators. Some of these folk publish great sketch books, one of which is Jioe Bluhm's Sketch Infectus. This is where I found a basic drawing on which I could base the carving upon. Utilizing the drawing and focusing on the parts rather than the whole I was able to create this latest attempt at a carving a caricature of a real person. My hope is to next generate the Caricature drawing from which I will be able to generate a carving.
Being critical of my work there are a couple of areas I would do differently to have a greater impact, I believe the representation would have been better with a smaller nose a larger teeth. I do believe this carving is close and for those who are aware of the comedian will be able to decipher the likeness. In carving Chris I did notice that he bears a similarity to both the Prez and also to Eddie Murphy and the they truly only differ in some minor ways.
All-in-all this was a good way to stretch my skills and I hope to improve with each.
Strop 'em up and get carving my friend!