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Caricature Commission Process

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I got a commission for a caricature for an old teacher of mine.

This is my first pencil sketches. After feedback from my client, I thinned the cheeks and added some detail.

After approval, I got started inking with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. It took me roughly an hour to get my linework done.

After placing my spot blacks, I got started with the coloring with my Copic Sketch Markers. I began with her blue eyes with B12 Ice Blue and B14 Light Blue .

I start coloring brown hair with E09 Burnt Sienna and E13 Light Suntan for the light parts, then I pushed the shading more with E18 Copper and N-6 Neutral Gray No. 6.

These last few steps were my longer ones since I was burning through my “skin tone” colors. I mainly went from my lightest colors and tones to my darkest ones. E00 Cotton Pearl, E11 Barley Beige, E13 Light SuntanĀ  then added R20 Blush for the bits of skin color. I used a Colorless Blender to soften the values and harder edges of color. I’m not as satisfied with my results because my markers were drying out and I’m kicking myself for not buying refills sooner.

After all of this I added some finishing touches such as detailing the glasses with a broad Faber Castell Pitt White 101 marker and White Uniball Gel Pens both 1.0 and 0.7 points, then added a bit of Prismacolor White Colored Pencil for a softer highlight in the hair.

In the end of all of this, I feel like I did an alright job for my first ever caricature. I wonder if I’ll do another one.

If you’re interested in commissioning a caricature of your own or want a different art project, feel free to get in touch with me!

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Author: mastafran42

I'm a freelance cartoonist who has been going at it for several years at this point. I mostly draw cartoons, and comics, so if you need something funny, cool, or expertly done art, I have what you need. If you have any questions, job offers, comments, concerns, complains, or simply wish to say hi, message me!

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