I had the privilege (and all around good time) of spending several hours last Saturday, drawing caricatures of children who'd come in to have fun and learn about the Marine Corps during NMMC's Family Day event, "Celebration of the Military Child." My colleagues at the Museum and fellow artists Charlie Grow and Tony Espree, also drew their hearts out as the kids lined up to be caricatured.
Here I am, drawing a caricature of a young man who's just enjoyed a good face painting at another one of the booths! Drawing takes the Eye of the Tiger for sure...!
If you've ever sketched peoples' faces and tried to get a likeness, then you know that portraiture on the spot can be difficult-- and that caricature can be even more challenging than portraiture! So it started out as an excruciating exercise, but it ended up a great training session via the art of caricature to sharpen the eyes, hone the hand/eye coordination, and interface with the public.
I am a fine artist and illustrator in the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I sketch and paint the world around me.
"The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
― Steven Pressfield