I have been drawing, painting, sketching, just about creating any type of caricature imaginable for some time now. Don’t ask me the amount of caricatures I have drawn, because I really have no idea. To take a smidgen of a guess, I would have to say it must be close to a thousand, or a little over. It is hard to say. What I can say is that I enjoy the process and completion of good caricature.
I should state that with gusto, as lately, I have had some tough situations happen to me (see past blogs for details). In the past, nothing would cheer my spirit up more, than for me to sit at my drawing table and sketch or ink or design a new caricature. No matter how my life is going, I felt that I had the control, by drawing a caricature. I seemed to have a feel, or vision of how I want the final piece to look, and what I need to do to accomplish the task. To finish a difficult or even an easy caricature was my way of “winning”.
It does not come as easy. There could be so many preliminary sketches and the amount of research that has to be done. I guess I am lucky enough to have access to the internet. I can look up an image, print it and use it for reference on a painting in a few minutes. Besides pictures, there are many caricaturist friend I know who I could ask in confidence. How to attack a particular face or facial characteristic, questions like that. This saves time and gets me on the right path. Preliminary sketches are basically the game plan of what I was thinking the final project should turn out to be. There is no limit on how many sketches I make beforehand, but there has to be some light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.
The title of this blog refers to a question that tends to pop-up quite often when I draw for events. Sometimes it is only asked once, sometimes twice, occasionally all the time. It all depends. If I feel good about my work and people are happy with what I draw, than definitely I like what I do. The times when nothing seems to go right and people get cranky, and upset for waiting so long, it is harder to say, “Yeah this is great!” That may seem like a lie, and maybe it is, but this is where my God-given talent sits within me.
I enjoy creating something that no one has ever seen before.
I like taking an idea from deep within myself, and letting it shine through me, to show the rest of the world or to a select few.
I enjoy seeing the looks of people, when they first recognize themselves.
I like talking to people, before, during and after the project is completed. It is a way for me to express myself twice at one time.
I enjoy making new connections, either socially or in business.
These are things that could have only been accomplished by my learning how to caricature people many years ago. It is a skill that can be taught, read about, or just siphoned from the inner workings of the soul.
The skill to caricature, has not come easy, nor was it so difficult for me to give up. I knew that I could accomplish what I set out to do. It just takes work and dedication to handle the work.
I started when I was young and I knew what I was doing when I was 10. I developed my skills through high school and my early 20’s. After a brief lapse of re-learning everything, (after cancer) I improved and my style changed.
Today, I can answer the question with a definitive “YES! This is what I do.”