This cartoon was inspired by my attempts over the last 4 months to do more caricature work. If you get a caricature done by me or someone else there are several reactions you may have.
- Wow that picture is great and it looks like me.
- Wow that picture is great but I am not sure it looks like me.
- That picture isn’t good/flattering but it does look like me
- That picture sucks and it doesn’t look anything like me.
I have run the gamut of reactions to my own work, though I have only had one person actually tell me number four (yet more probably felt that way). I had my wife, and biggest critic, look over the work and she said “Yeah it looks like her, she just isn’t that attractive.” I find that women are way more sensitive to you pointing out prominent characteristics in caricature. I tend to go more realistic versus cartoony as I do with men.
A piece of advice I got from Jerry Dowling, former Cincinnati Enquirer editorial cartoonist and caricature artist, is that you should over emphasize the size of women’s eyes…they seem to like that. He may or may not have said something about boob size too, I can’t remember.
He related a story of live drawing a caricature of a woman as her husband was looking over his shoulder. Suddenly, her husband, who obviously thought the drawing wasn’t pretty enough, said “Don’t you know she is a former Beauty Queen.” To which Jerry handed him his pen and said “Great, so you finish up the drawing”