Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Art of Caricature

Following on from my last post about Rodney Pike, I was so inspired by what he’s doing that I thought I’d have a go at creating a caricature of my own. I’m always keen to try something new and I was especially interested to see if I could actually do it.

But, I personally think caricatures only have wide appeal when they depict someone famous and who most people would recognise, otherwise the effect is lost. So perhaps I should try one of our NZ politicians — after all, there is an election coming up.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun creating this. Who knows, perhaps I’ll do more...


Here’s one I did of Tame Iti a well known and recognisable face in New Zealand.
Read the news story that helps to explain this here

Drawing Inspiration from Rodney Pike

Most artists you speak to would all agree that earning a living in the real world from doing what you love as an artist is easier said than done. That’s why the story of Rodney Pike is so inspiring.

Like most people with a creative bent, I like to keep working at my craft, trying new things and just seeing where it leads. I was interested to learn that Rodney Pike takes a similar approach and he’s really creating a name for himself — and quite a following too with 2.5 million followers on Google+ and still climbing.

My recent interest in Rodney Pike started when I posted a piece of digital art in a Google+ Community which apparently caught Rodney’s eye and he reshared it on his Google+ page. Wow! what an honour! (If you ever get to read this Rodney, please know that I really appreciate your vote of confidence. Coming from you that means a lot.)

Interestingly, and as one might expect it’s had more likes and shares on his site than it’ll ever get on mine. Shame the numbers aren’t reflected back on my page, but anyway I’m sure it still provided a huge boost to my visibility on G+. This was the picture he shared, (posted on Google+ Aug 11th)...

The following video is an interview with Rodney Pike where he discusses some of his work, how he got started and also how to get the best out of Google+. It’s definitely worth watching. It’s quite an inspiring story that has helped me to continue believing in myself — something we all need from time to time.

Thanks again Rodney.