Been busy this week with getting back to work and doing promised guest cartoons for George Ford and Aidan Casserly. Also had some paying commission work as well. Claude Rieth contacted me via Google Plus and was gracious enough to let me share my work with you.
Here was his original picture he sent.
I thought look at that hair, look at the expression. This one is going to be easy. Ok I was wrong. I have never done that expression so getting it to look like someone was twisting their face on purpose is actually very hard to do. So many attempts. When I do commission work I tend to send a draft to the client so they can either approve or not. If they feel I didn’t capture what they want in that draft I have no problem with them walking away and me not going any further. As I have said, there are some people who I can’t capture a likeness.
So this is what I sent to Claude.
Given his expression I was hoping he would be OK with the more cartoony look but wanted to give him options. Thankfully he was in agreement and with a little tweaking, you can see the final result. Thanks Claude for being a great subject that challenged me and a better client.