Sunday, October 15, 2017

Musical Caricatures!

We are pretending we have been hired by Rolling Stone Magazine to produce a short biographical magazine article about a musical artist we have an opinion about. This article should include a short write up and an illustration. 

The above image is provided by Sebastian Kruger. Kruger is a brilliant caricature artist. Remember the key to caricature is to exaggerate to tell a story.  So pick someone you have a strong opinion about. 

The above image is another amazing image by Kruger. However, this is not a caricature. This is a portrait. There is no exaggeration going on here. 

This picture of Hendrix by Kruger is a caricature. Notice the form is not as anatomically precise. The approach to Hendrix's form almost makes Hendrix look "cool". We, the audience, have to look up at Hendrix in respect, and he is looking down back at us. The expression in the face is not condescending, but aloof and serious at the same time. This picture gives a feeling, and attitude.

Your image should have feeling and attitude. Below are examples of Kruger capturing the feeling an opinion he had of the following musicians. Your image should capture that as well.

Michael Stipe

Stephen Tyler

Axl Rose 

Mick Jagger

Johnny Cash

Tina Turner

Janis Joplin

David Bowie

Robert Johnson


So you are going to draw 3 facial studies of a musician that will be due by Friday. Your choice doesn't have to be your favorite musician. It has to be someone you have an opinion about.

You will also need to research your musician. Make sure you can answer these questions... Who are they? What makes them important? Why does their music matter? Where do they perform? How does their music reflect who they are? When did their music matter?