Friday, April 04, 2008

Nick Cave

I've been a fan of Nick Cave's music for quite a number of years now. For those not familiar with the man and his many bands- The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and more recently Grinderman, here's some photos and info.

I've always thought he had the perfect profile for caricaturing. So when the idea of a Nick Cave drawing jam popped up over at the Drawing Board, I finally had the chance to put theory into practice.

Edit: 6th April- Added a second jam caricature of Nick Cave. This one was done with brushpen, felt tip pen and digital additions in Photoshop.
Edit: 9th April- The third one is the Nick Cave from my sketchblog. I didn't like the idea of doubleposting between blogs, but I think this one deserves to be added here as well. It seems to make quite a nice triptych.


Blogger Kyle said...

I can see this guy eventually turning into Mick Jager later in life. Another awesome caricature!

2:34 AM  
Blogger Dumbo said...

This is amazing Chris. I think the profiles you do are my favorites from you.

Agree with Kyle on the Mick theory.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Chrissie A said...

This is terrific. I can't stop looking at that lip/cigarette combination — it's perfection. :) Love it!

7:10 AM  
Blogger SEILER said...

Cool piece Chris . . . spot on too!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Anders said...

wow! this is brilliant!
extremely brilliant...
words are missing!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Both are great! What medium is the first one?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

All three are POWERFUL!! The profile is my favorite with it's ink wash qualities.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Ian H. Smith said...

This is great! I love Nick Cake and you really captured his music and personality.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks as always.

Kyle- Speaking of age, check out on Youtube the first song he did called 'Shivers' with The Boys Next Door. He's so young!

Kyle Bice- The first one started as shaded pencil. Once in Photoshop I blackened the hair, overlayed textures and experimented with layer modes to give it a more contrasted washed-out look.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Matias said...

All you work is great!
Saludos desde Argentina.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another winner Chris, nice use of the blacks with the line work that fits Nick Cave to a "t".

8:28 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Townsend (JERT) said...

Fucking aces man. I love these drawings of nick Cave . I'm also a fan of his, I like his first band as well, "the birthday party".

2:02 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Cheers guys!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Nelson Santos said...

nice ones Chris, i have made one myself a few weeks ago but not that good.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Nelson Santos said...

Thkx Chris!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

No prob, Nelson. You should post yours over at the DB drawing jam.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Albert Sorrentino Jr. said...

WoW! Nick Cane, one of my favorite people! Just amazing! So is the rest your blog, stellar! You've got a new fan!

12:44 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Damn! You really nailed his look down! Same with Betty below. Both are excellent!

1:33 AM  
Blogger EL GRANDE said...

Nick Cave is one of the greatest musicians ever. I love these images more than you could know.

Thanks for sharing,

6:55 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Such great artists with such great compliments.

Really appreciate the comments, guys!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Meesimo said...

Awesome, frikking awesome.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Andrea Bowman said...

These are crazy awsome, nice work

6:54 AM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mark Heng said...

Love it. Your technique is amazing! Both the rendering and the caricaturing. Saw him on Jonathon Ross the other night. The hair on top of his head seems to have migrated to a new bushy mustache.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Cheers everyone!

9:07 AM  

Great Portraits of a great artist !!!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Marcelo!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really good!!! :) thanks

8:48 AM  
Blogger Hugo Freutel said...

I like your Cave men!
Iam a fan too.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Eric Talbot said...

I just saw him in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as a saloon singer. Looks like he's doing some sort of music work for the upcoming McCarthy film The Road. Chris - you really have him down.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

Eric- Thanks man. Just recently read 'The Road', his music should suit the movie perfectly.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Breadwig said...

I love Nick Cave (especially with the Bad Seeds), and I love your illustrations of them. Top notch buddy.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks breadwig!

1:40 AM  

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