A CREATION OF A TEMPLATE
You are wondering how I do templates for parties!
I will show you. I begin with a blank sheet of paper 11 inches by 8 1/2 inches 67 lbs card stock paper. It is durable and won't
And you never thought you could learn caricatures online, just follow along.
Please remember templates are made for me to speed my time doing a caricature "at the party." Most people won't mind waiting a few minutes but 5 minutes or more per caricature, I think they'll pass it up for a lusciously tasty ice cream and cake than to wait in a long line, at a party nonetheless.
Where was I my apologies for going on a tangent, oh yes, first thing I think about is making sure I make ample space where I can draw someone's face. After all templates are made for those who want to be Aquaman, right!? This particular template will take me about 1.25 minutes or fewer to do a party guest. Why? Because, the hair portion is already rendered in.
Go look above I'll wait. OK, done? Did you see it?
I use a #2 pencil or lighter. It is just so that I can get an idea how it's going to turn out. This is just the layout phase to make sure the right body parts will fit in the given format (space) with the visual message that this is. "Aquaman," the picture you see above. I will put in his Triton he carries in his right hand. Cross my fingers here we go.
I first keep a keen eye on the area where I draw the individual person when this becomes a completed template. Then I place the shoulders and hair above and below that space.
See the hair in Aquaman’s photo I lightly render it where “I think” his hair should be. I try to give the hair some “body” and flair. .
I lightly render in where I feel the body should be, all the time
I visualize how the placement of the chest and shoulders will look. Changes of Aquaman’s pose will certainly come during this stage for I’m feeling it out where everything will be place, making it interesting to look at.
Like a gardener deciding how and where certain plants will be placed to make the garden as a whole look pleasing to the eye. I do the same in this stage as I visualize without any certainty
how this template will turn out.
the planning stage
Now, I am starting to get a feel of how I like it to look, notice how I moved the biceps more to your right and changed his hands from open to fist.
I am constantly changing direction depending on how I feel. Like I said this is not science folks, it's all "feely-touch." Now you know why
people like me seems weird, It is really my imagination going wild. Hee hee hee.
Notice his chest is out in the previous drawing, I changed it so I can make him holding his Triton. So I erased his chest and lowered it a bit and realigned his abs accordingly. See it is not like speech writing and you read what is said. You are in the forefront with your mind's eye paving the way to make a visual statement.
I now "got it" Aquaman is coming to life. This template is now a living and breathing body with a sense of direction.
now that the design of aquaman is set, we now render- This is where it takes hours to do.
I begin to render it in with my darker drawing pencil. I will give you the things you need but for now just follow along.
See how I start to give depth and definition to the body by shading in light and dark values in the body with my pencil.
Aquaman seems to have a textured clothing note the shoulders and arms, needs work.
From here on out it’s pretty much the rendering of the body that will take time. This drawing will take me about 2 hours to complete.
Next the finer details.
We now have a new template- Aquaman
Aquaman is turning out to be somebody to be reckon with. By the way, do you see his left side and with his hand in a fist?
Well I needed a fist I can draw. I asked my friend to make a fist so I can photo shoot it on my iPhone. Just in case you didn’t know that’s how I got that fist. Some things you can’t make up. You need reference material such as my friends fist.
That rat wanted royalties I said I’ll buy him a Big Mac! He took it! I make friends who are lousy negotiators. Please don’t tell anybody I said that, thank you!
OK, Aquaman is getting somewhere. He’s looking really alive!