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A Rockin’ Contest Submission

Posted by on October 21, 2014

This is a peek inside the creation of my latest studio caricature. IMG_4971

At the beginning of 2014, Nolan Harris, our current ISCA Vice-President, started a contest on Facebook—exclusive to our Members-Only page. It’s a simple concept: each month, an ISCA Member is chosen as a subject, and everyone is encouraged to draw/paint/sculpt a caricature of that person. This month’s subject is none other than Chris Galvin—our current ISCA President, and my good friend for 20 years. IMG_4923

I KNEW this wouldn’t be an easy task for me. Because it’s October, I’ve had an awful lot of work with gigs, working at the mall, AND working at the Texas State Fair (which lasts for more than 3 grueling weeks). AND because it’s Chris, whom I’ve already drawn numerous times in the past, what in the world could I possibly come up with that hadn’t been done before? In the end, though, I figured I HAD to try something anyway!

Right off the bat, I decided I wanted to include Kathy—Chris’ new bride—somewhere in his drawing. IMG_4921

My original idea involved Chris as some sort of Medieval knight-in-shining-armor, fighting to protect his fair maiden from some unseen monster.

Kathy would've been peeking out of a castle in the background.

Kathy would’ve been peeking out of a castle in the background.

After reflecting on this idea, it didn’t seem to be appropriate enough. Although Chris is most certainly the sort of person who would fight to protect his lady, science fiction and fantasy just aren’t his thing. So I returned to my original “word list” (a trick I learned from my advertising classes in college) and found that I had written down the word “BLUES MUSIC”. AH-HA! Now THAT’S more like Chris! Thus, I would re-visit this drawing with a different theme in mind. IMG_4970This rough sketch—which is not too different from the final product—depicts the basic concept: Chris, as a musician, performing on stage, while Kathy—no longer a mere damsel-in-distress—appears as his adoring fan.

After doing a bit more research to come up with a pose for Chris, as well as background elements like a stage and spotlights…IMG_4930IMG_4934IMG_4935IMG_4933

…the drawing began to take on more of a “rock” flavor, in place of “blues”. This seemed perfectly OK to me, since Chris definitely likes rock music, too.

So here we have the beginnings of the actual drawing, with all the basic elements in place.

The "Heavy Metal"-style ISCA logo was purely an afterthought...one which made me chuckle a bit.

The “Heavy Metal”-style ISCA logo was purely an afterthought…one which made me chuckle a bit.

Further rendering added some color to the guitar and other elements, and also added the “spotlight” effect…something I hadn’t studied very much up to this point. IMG_4972

And finally, here is the finished drawing. Total time from start to finish (not including research and rough sketches): about 6 hours.

This is a digital photo of the original drawing.

This is a digital photo of the original drawing.

And this is an actual scan. Note the slight difference in color, as well as the cropping, since the original paper has to be "trimmed" a bit, in order to fit on the scanner.

And this is an actual scan. Note the slight difference in color, as well as the cropping, since the original paper has to be “trimmed” a bit, in order to fit on the scanner.

I posted the drawing on our Facebook page late Saturday night. So far, it seems to have gotten a very positive response from my peers, which is always wonderful. As for whether or not it will actually WIN the contest…well, I’m not counting on that. Only time will tell. I DO know, however, that Chris himself certainly seemed pleased by it when I presented it to him in a frame the following morning. For me, THAT made it all worthwhile!

 

3 Responses to A Rockin’ Contest Submission

  1. Celestia Ward

    Great writeup of process. Basic things like word lists–helps to be reminded! And what a great final product!

  2. Tara

    Tremendous! Love how you captured his smirk and sparkle in his eye. Kathy, his forever loving fan, you can feel her proud heart!
    Well done, Lorin!

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