A comparative study:
The essence of caricature design and most other art is all about capturing the essence of a subject.
In the picture on the left I began drawing randomly as an exercise in pen and ink, just having fun with the facial muscles and the strong zygomatic formations. As I developed it further I began to get a nagging feeling in the back of my head that someone familiar was lurking in that lopsided smirk.
Suddenly, it hit me like a surprise parking ticket, the mystery smirker was none other than the illustrious mayor, Mike Bloomberg. That smirk with the long upper lip and bony, almost mask-like facial structure is the defining Bloombergyness of Mike Bloomber
Don’t get me wrong, I like Bloomberg as a mayor, but like most politicians, there is a certain mask-like plastic quality to his face, not that there’s anything wrong with that, as I can’t imagine any actual human of flesh and soul that would willingly be a politician.
Bottom Line: Everyone and everything has certain identifying features, expressions, and postures that together make a visual identity or signature. An artist must learn to identify, define, and articulate that identity.
Update: Really funny: Daily News has article about Pharoah Bloomberg. Perfect!