Character Development and Storytelling: Caricature — Multimedia Storytelling
For this assignment we were required to create a caricature illustration of our-self using a photographic reference. We were introduced to using a mobile work flow; creating our work on a tablet, sending the work to Illustrator or Photoshop for further refinement, and finally sharing it on Behance. The project had three objectives to achieve:
1. Practicing the art of representing, interpreting, and exaggerating definitive physical attributes to render a suitable caricature
2. Developing drawing competency using a tablet
3. Understanding the difference between information and story, as it pertains to visual representation
Adobe Illustrator Draw
The first step to this assignment was research. I studied different caricature artist's work online to gain some inspiration and reference. Rather than sketching the idea out in Adobe Illustrator Draw, I found it easier for myself to realize a concept with a pencil on paper first. Using a photograph of myself as reference I sketched a few roughs with different actions, ultimately settling on the rough pictured below.
"Oh? You're unhappy that you have school work to complete? ...In College? Here's the world's smallest violin..."
PRODUCTION METHOD/ WORKFLOW & TOOLS
To begin rendering this illustration, I took a picture of the rough sketch to use as a drawing template. Next, the illustration had to be organized into layers based on different planes in space. This required some planning as there are some components of the body which exist in multiple planes, such as the arm hanging over the chair in the foreground with the hand extending towards the drafting table in the background.
After the layers were established I simply traced the line work, beginning with background and working towards the front. I altered the brush I used until it felt comfortable (adjusting the pressure dynamics, velocity, etc.). Most lines were drawn with roundness 100% and taper down to 0%. However, with certain lines such as the beard hair and smoke I added a taper. I also varied the line weight to create more depth and emphasize certain areas.
After completing the line work, it was time to give the illustration some life using colour. Again this involved creating multiple layers corresponding to the layers already established by the line work. In this case I started with the front and worked my way to the back. I used various tints, tones and shades, along with layering different opacity levels to create depth.
Overall I am fairly satisfied with the completed work. The project gave a good introduction to drawing using a tablet in conjunction with Adobe Illustrator Draw. This was my first time using this technology and certainly there is a skill to it, which I aim to improve through practice. The project also gave a good understanding of how a mobile work flow progresses.
If I were to redo this assignment I might consider telling more of a story with my caricature. The information it provides about who I am (I like to draw, I smoke, and I'm sarcastic) is a bit narrow. I would also consider simplifying the illustration to make it compatible with Adobe Illustrator. Below is a time lapse of the drawing process.
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