Friday, October 30, 2009

Pianissssssssimo

9 Comments:

Blogger Jenea said...

It's looks preaty interesting!!! He is Smetana???

3:22 PM  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

No, he is Vladimir Voronin.

4:29 PM  
Blogger JohnK said...

Hey Oscar. This is crazy looking stuff. Are you animating anything in the style of some of the images on the blog?

I'm gonna look around your other blogs.

Your fan,

John K.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

No, John. I am giving animation a rest (or perhaps animation is giving me a rest) For the time being I only "draw" animation, It is more fun.
Nice to see you here!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Dorota said...

Hi Oscar. Thanks for checking my blog. I am not sure if I undrestood what you meant . Please, elaborate. I am taking John's class not to learn to do caricatures but because his drawings speak to me. I am searching but not interesting in doing caricatures . I just need to push myself . I guess I am tired of doing the same over and over.
By the way I love your work and check it often!!!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Dorota said...

Oh, i forgot. Thank you for the advice. I know Hirchfield but will definitely check the other two.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Let me start by telling you that I am not a caricature artist. I conceive the art of caricature with the UTMOST respect. I believe it to be the most difficult branch of the graphic arts. There are very few true caricature artists. They have what it takes: and that is like having sex appeal. Either one has it or one hasn't. It is a gift that neither can be taught nor can it be bought in a supermarket. Nonetheless, one can try to learn the craft by a profound study of human nature, history, psychoanalysis or a perceptive knowledge of the circumstances of the person portrayed. It is necessary to penetrate their completeness and express it with simplicity and straightforwardness. The soul and the spirit of the character should be synthesised to be recognisable by the viewer. It is not a matter of doing lots of distorted lines in a semi-anatomical exercise. I have seen magnificent caricatures of Marilyn Monroe where the most you saw was a hairdo, to sad eyes and a big painted mouth. That is all the artist needed to say "Marilyn Monroe". That systems could be applied to draw friends or foes. The moustache and the slanted fringe already say "Hitler" and, occasionally, body language can also be appropriate and a way of expressing the character. Chaplin's bent legs and the bowler hat and moustache are shorthand for Charlie.
You can apply a lot of this rules but essentially you have to love or hate your subject. At the risk of being pedantic, I doubt very much that one can learn how to caricature by studying in a Disney funded course. That will only lead to industrial formulaic solutions. If I am wrong I apologise, but I am afraid I don't think I am.

7:49 PM  
Blogger magnolia said...

nice!

8:53 PM  
Blogger ariel tenorio said...

pianoman, na na na na na na na!
billy joel...

11:37 PM  

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