Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jennifer Aniston caricature


I'm not a big fan of this actress, she was annoying in 'Friends' (well, they were pretty much all annoying) and I avoid any movie she makes like the plague. So when I found out she was this week's subject on Caricaturama Showdown 3000, I thought there was no chance I was going to participate and give my time caricaturing someone I couldn't stand...but she does have a bunch of interesting features to maul, and as famous cartoonist Ralph Steadman once said, "Caricature is the next best thing to shooting somebody" (don't worry Jen, I don't hate you that much!). Saying that, besides the manly chin and neck, I could have been a lot more insulting with the caricature. I think I went pretty easy on her in the end.

Done in Photoshop.

24 Comments:

Blogger Sagan Lacy said...

This is one of my favorite caricature paintings... FANTASTIC likeness, technique, and exaggeration.

6:23 AM  
Blogger R. George R. said...

Now she looks related to Fabio. I appreciate your restraint—contempt can be a very dangerous motivator.

Fingerprint brush!?

8:20 AM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

Your comments made me wonder how much a caracaturist's feelings about a given subject effect the treatment of the drawing. You sure didn't go for the 'pretty' here, so I wonder if you'd lean that way more if you liked the person.??

8:24 AM  
Blogger Manuel M. Vidal said...

Te admiro totalmente como ilustrador. tu trabajo es increible,
gracias por deleitarnos con tus obras.
Saludos desde España.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Sagan- Thanks mate. Very happy to hear.

R. George R.- The fingerprint brush and many other of my custom brushes can be downloaded for free from the sidebar link.

Michael- Definitely. I imagine if I found her attractive (or liked her acting) I would have accentuated her prettier features like her eyes and maybe subconsciously or even intentionally toned down her more prominent features.

Manuel- Gracias!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

If this was done with the photoshop version of your pencil blending technique, I'd love to see the original pencil drawing too ;)
So how do you decide when to use Photoshop's smearing vs. Painter's just add water tool for blending?

2:41 AM  
Blogger Craig Phillips said...

Ha ha ha that is classic! So unflattering, yet the likeness is spot on! How did you do it? Great!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Michael- This was painted directly in Photoshop over a rough digital sketch.

Photoshop's blending gives smooth results which was good in this case for female features. With the Nick Cave piece, Painter's blending gave a more textured, painterly finish.

Craig- Thanks! The unflattery(?) came first then I refined the likeness. Paying attention to little minute details in a subject's face/expression can really help capturing a good likeness.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Joey Lee said...

Damn, nailed it. I'd love to see the version where you don't hold anything back.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The L said...

I don't see what you did this is exactly what she looks like in real life!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Joey- Thanks! Yeah, she turned out a bit too pretty for my liking.

The L- Haha, Okay I confess, this is just a traced photo with no exaggeration whatsoever. ;p

11:33 AM  
Blogger em... said...

I've seen some episodes of Friends, but I haven't seen any movie with Jennifer Aniston in, and I've never understood her appeal. She seems to have taken over Goldie Hawn's mantle playing annoying, whiny, squealing, spoilt rich girls.

Saying that, she does have an unusual face which is a gift for a caricaturist, and this is an exceptionally well done piece of work.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sable said...

This is rather epic!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Snoski Rock said...

Damn your good! Thanks for the laugh. Amazing work as always.

3:28 AM  
Blogger LEONID GUREVICH said...

haha This is awesome! I wasn't a big fan of Aniston at some point too ..then i've somewhat chenged my mind - but this artwork is amazing!! LOVE your style man

Leon

3:55 AM  
Anonymous theb said...

This is a great caricature ! She reminds me some female bodybuilders shot by Martin Schoeller...

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Tüpbebek said...

Thanks a lot!!!!
Soo good Page..
NIce post

12:40 AM  
Blogger Blair said...

Great work. I suddenly had the song 'Dude looks like a lady' when I saw this. :)

3:42 PM  
Blogger Biff said...

Very interesting caricature. When I first saw it (before I noticed the headline), I immediately thought, "Streisand!!" Within a second, though, I saw the Aniston features. Quite impressive to conflate the two!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks folks.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not have recognize her if the name wasn't displayed. The image really doesn't capture her well; being distorted and grotesque doesn't bring out the essence of this person. You over did it with too little sensitivity and subtlety. You need to study your subjects first.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Anonymous- I'm guessing you're a fan of Jen (or you are Jen). Sensitivity and subtlety don't usually have much of a place in caricaturing, especially when the artist's negative feelings towards the subject have an influence on the level of exaggeration.

I know the likeness isn't 100% there, but I think there is a likeness. The difference is someone who thinks she may be beautiful or talented (I don't) would have been a lot kinder in their depiction. I think that's the root of your negative response.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous davor said...

I think she's great. I mean in your version. Likeness is obvious. I like her in some films, she has great comic timing, but i don't like her when she gets serious.

9:43 PM  
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