The “Bloombergyness” of Mike Bloomberg

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!


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