005: Community Makes Better Caricatures


Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2015


These past few weeks have been a struggle for me. I had a skin surgery that turned into a bigger deal than myself or the doctors anticipated. My mind and my body have been focusing on that and as a result I have had a hard time getting my caricatures to work and I’ve had more failures than successes.


Recently I’ve been trying to draw Tom Cruise — and I do emphasize trying. He has one of the most recognizable face, one of the most caricaturable personalities and has some great distinguishing features. So it has been very frustrating that I have not been able to nail it my first time out.





I like to be transparent about struggles because I think it’s helpful to others to know they’re not alone if they happen to be struggling too. I posted my failed attempts at Tom Cruise on Instagram and was very open about my frustration and was pleased to see that some other illustrators gave some advice on how I could correct and improve my drawing.


I was glad to read their willingness to help me. One in particular was my friend Leslie Agan. She pointed out an area on Tom Cruise’s face that I had overlooked. It helped me to focus on something to emphasize to make my caricature better.






I still think that my drawings need some work, but I’m getting closer.


Now, what really blew me away was that she went out of her way to draw Tom Cruise — much more effectively I might say, which was beyond helpful. I am highlighting this because I want to encourage helping people. That’s my hope and goal with these posts, to help with what people are struggling with. Even though I’ve been doing this for a while I still need help.





Please do not be an artist that hordes knowledge and doesn’t want to share tips and tricks for fear that you’re helping competition. Instead strive to build a community.


In the meantime I will continue to do my part here every Sunday with new content on ways to help you tell a story through faces. Every face has a story to tell and I want to teach you how to tell it.