Category: Caricaturist Spotlight

Caricaturist Spotlight – Darío de León’s Hobbs and Shaw

Darío de León is a freelance illustrator and caricature artist from Palma, Spain. Darío’s caricature style is similar to styles found in the pages of old Cracked or Mad Magazines. In fact, movie stars are the subjects in many of his caricatures. So, he’s got that in common with those magazines as well. In the featured art piece, Darío caricatured Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in rolls of the machismo powered action flick, Hobbs and Shaw. He’s got them shirts off and flexing in all their cheesy glory, complete with explosions and a helicopter in the background. Darío captured the feeling of Hobbs and Shaw’s as fun brain candy.

Find more of Darío de León’s work here!

Caricaturist Spotlight – George Williams’ Party Caricature

Geroge Williams' Party Caricature

George Williams is a long time caricature artist out working out of the UK. He’s worked events large and small and appeared on British television and had his work published in several magazines. Geroge is comfortable working digitally as he is working in traditional media. The piece above is a drawing done at a party. George has a strong minimal style perfect for fast-paced event drawing. Interesting line quality with strokes flowing following form thick to thin. George gives a nod to fine art in this piece. Both the eyes on one side of the face is something normally found in cubism, but it can be used for funny effect in caricature as well!

You can see more of George’s stuff here:


Caricaturist Spotlight – Ekaterina Grusovskaya’s Jürgen Klopp

Ekaterina Grusovskaya's caricature of coach Jaurgen Klopp

Ekaterina Grusovskaya, or Ekat for short, is a concept and character designer living in Moscow, Russia. As is so often the case, her skills as a character designer overlap with those of a caricature artist. The featured piece above is a particularly dynamic caricature of Jürgen Klopp, a famous football/soccer coach. Not only do we have a further exaggeration of an already exaggerated expression, but we also have exaggerated body movement as well. Ekat doesn’t copy the pose exactly. She brings one arm up and adds more girth to the coach’s gut. It makes for a comical scene.

If you’re looking for more work from Ekaterina Grusovskaya you can find it here.

Caricaturist Spotlight – Andrew Gibbons’ Manny Pacquiao

Andrew Gibbons caricature of Manny Pacquiao

Andrew Gibbson is an artist out of Melbourne, Australia. He’s an illustrator and portrait artist in addition to being a caricaturist. In the featured piece of Manny Pacquiao, portraiture and caricature collide. Andrew uses his realistic portrait skills to deliver a very subtle caricature. Manny’s brow and cheekbones are only slightly exaggerated. You can almost imagine that the boxer’s face is just a bit swollen after a fight. His hands are also undersized. The oversized head is the main callout that this is a caricature. This style of painterly realistic caricature is something to grace magazine covers.

Find more of Andrew Gibbons work at the links below:

Caricaturist Spotlight – Sean Gardner’s Zombie Caricature

A zombie Caricature by Sean Gardenr

Sean Gardner is a much sought after artist out of Salem Massachusetts. He’s known for his vivid yet gothic “new school” style tattoo work. However, before he worked on skin he was known to throw ink on paper. Sean carved himself a niche in the wide world of caricature. He doesn’t just exaggerate his victims, I mean his subjects, he slays them on the paper. Sean specialized in zombie caricatures. His strong skills and his flair for the macabre are on full display on the featured image above. Look at his subject’s unsuspecting face in the photo. I bet Sean knocked him dead with this caricature! Figuratively speaking, of course.

Sean Gardner has mostly traded in his marker for a tattoo gun, but his work is still great.
Find more of it at the links below!

Caricaturist Spotlight – Dani Woods’ live caricature

Dani Woods live caricature

Dani Woods is a freelance illustrator, animator, and caricaturist from Southern Ontario, Canada. In the featured picture, we have a frequent caricature conumdrum. Why didn’t the subject smile like that while Dani was drawing her? Oh well. Dani’s work exhibits a strong sense of the line, the most simple and the most versatile method of creating art. A mastery of line is common in all of the disciplines she works in. The caricature is minimal but overly simplistic. Dani has a classic style that would be at home in a newspaper’s comic strip. 

Looking for more of Dani Woods’ art? It can be found at the links below.

Caricaturist Spotlight – Rafael Caballero’s Julia Roberts

Rafael Caballero's Julia Roberts

Rafael ‘Rafa’ Caballero is an illustrator and caricaturist from
Cordova, Spain. Rafa specializes in a style very similar to a portrait in their realism, but the way-out and wacky proportions make his work unmistakeable as caricature. He seems to like to target mouths, teeth, and lips. In the featured piece, a caricature of Julia Roberts, the subject almost has more gumline than teeth. The nostrils are also ridiculously stretched. This kind of caricature strays into distortion for its humor. And humor is definitely achieved. One might wonder what Ms. Roberts thinks of the work.

You can find more of Rafael ‘Rafa” Caballero’s art in the links below:

Caricaturist Spotlight- Ryan Secora’s adventure in live caricature

Gig caricature by Ryan Secora

Ryan Secora is a graphic designer, illustrator, and caricature artist out of Denver, Colorado. He’s a flexible freelance artist who has many creative skills up his sleeves. This piece is a live event caricature, and looking closely at it you can find something very interesting. This particular piece is inspired by the style of Pendleton Ward, creator of “Adventure Time” the cartoon show. This couple, especially the man, is reminiscent of the show’s main duo, Finn and Jake. The glossy black eyes of the man and the tiny eyes of the woman are much like those in Pendleton Ward’s creations.

Ryan experiments with many styles and mediums and there is more of his work on display at the sites below.

Caricaturist Spotlight – Jean-Baptiste Monge’s Peter Dinglage as Tyrion Lannister

Jean-Baptiste Monge's Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Jean-Baptiste Monge is a well-known illustrator, concept artist and character designer. He’s particularly known as an artist who does a lot of otherworldly characters. especially fairies and wee folk. So it’s no surprise he drifted into caricature when he sought to capture Peter Dinklage in his role as Tyrion Lannister for Game of Thrones. Jean-Baptiste lists Brian Froud, Alan Lee, an Frank Frazetta among his early influences. On close inspection, you can find homages to those artists in this piece. Jean-Baptiste exaggeration extends beyond just likeness and into the expression of the character. Tyrion’s story is not a happy one. His tired expression and his dead eyes hint at the complexity of this character.

Find more of Jean-Baptiste Monge work here:

Caricaturist Spotlight – Carlos Ortega Elizalde’s Carl Sagan

Carlos Ortega Elizalde's caricature of Carl Sagan

To paraphrase the subject of this piece, “In order to create a caricature from scratch, first you must create the universe.” Carlos Ortega Elizalde is a CG 3d artist, and graphic designer out of Guanajuato, Mexico. He’s not a caricaturist but this model of astronomer and astrophysicists Carl Sagan certainly qualifies as a caricature. Carlos’s simplification of Carl Sagan’s features flows naturally into exaggeration. There is a light and wonder in Sagan’s expression that fits perfectly with the man who explained the Cosmos on PBS.

Find more of Carlos Ortega Elizalde 3d work at the links below:

Caricaturist Spotlight: Kiko Yamada

A family caricature drawn by Kiko Yamada

Kiko Yamada is a traveling caricature artist working shows and fairs across the U.S. and around the world. An entrepreneur, she’s also run live caricature stands across the west coast. She has a bold cartoony art style typical of someone influenced by the 2d cartoon renaissance of the ’90s.
She uses a few thick expressive lines to define a likeness. Her style is minimalistic but very funny. She exaggerates not only the likeness but the expression as well. In the featured picture, all of the subjects have great expressions. Especially the little girl. She may not be having a great time, but the rest of her family looks like they are enjoying themselves.

More of Kiko Yamada work can be found at the link here.

Caricaturist Spotlight: Mike “Zatransis” Henry’s Worf

A Caricature of Work by Mike 'Zatransis' Henry

Mike “Zatransis” Henry is a prolific artist, teacher, and YouTuber. Currently, he’s working for mobile game company King. He’s the art director at their Barcelona, Spain location. This pieces formally titled “Worf, Son of Mogh” but it is indeed a caricature of Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It could be considered, secondarily, a caricature of Actor Michael Dorn, but the expression and all the exaggerated features belong to Worf. Mike’s art style is cartoonish, so when he does a piece based in reality (In this case visual reality) it’s natural for his work to become caricature.

Mike “Zatransis” Henry’s large volume of work is practically everywhere you find art online. Here are only a few places you can find him and his work.

Caricature Spotlight: Sam Gorrie’s Caricature of a newborn

A newborn caricatures by Sam Gorrie

Sam Gorrie is a caricature artist that travels where ever caricature takes her. Her style is constantly evolving as she tries out new things and works them into her repertoire. Her caricatures come in any shape and size, including six-foot cut-out form. In the featured caricature the subject is a newborn. A daring feat, because most babies this young don’t have very distinct features yet. She does a great job of capturing the cute baby burrito making good use of his little hat and blanket wrap, as well as nailing his expression.

You can find more of Sam Gorri’s wacky work at the links listed:

Caricaturist Spotlight: Anthony Geoffroy’s Liam Neeson

Caricature of Liam Neeson from Taken, by Anthony Geoffroy

Anthony Geoffroy is a freelance artist and caricaturist from Lyon, France. He’s very well known and his work has appeared in various publications that feature digital art. He also has tutorials where he shares his process available online. Anthony style is crazy. He veers past the art of exaggeration and well into distortion in his work. Most caricature artists focus on the nose of their subject and Anthony is no exception. In the featured piece above he takes aim at Liam Neeson’s large nose and pushes it to epic proportions. It’s at least two-thirds the size of Liam’s face. Looking through Anthony’s portfolio you can see foreheads are a favorite target of his. This piece illustrates that well. There’s a lot of details exaggerated there to push the worried expression on Liam’s face.

Anthony Geoffroy’s wonderful work can be seen at the links below:

Caricaturist Spotlight: Prosenjit Mondal’s Morgan Freeman

A caricature of Morgan Freeman by Prosenjit Mondal

Prosenjit Mondal is an illustrator, concept artist and animator specializing in 2d working out of Hyderabad, India. He’s also a great caricature artist. Prosenjit took his time gathering photos of Morgan Freeman. He studied the actor’s different expressions before settling on one for his caricature piece. Then Prosenjit got to work in photoshop to compose and render the caricature. He uses the same basic oval shape over and over again. This creates rhythm that holds the work together. Prosenjit makes great use of Photoshop’s features to add texture and detail, making the image very lifelike despite the fact it’s a caricature.

Prosenjit’s work is all around the web here are a few of may places his work can be found.

Caricaturist Spotlight: Jason McLean’s Stan Lee

A caricature of the late great Stan Lee, by Jason McLean

Jason McLean isn’t strictly a caricature artist, but he certainly has the chops. Jason is an animator and character designer, two disciplines that have a great deal of overlap with the art of exaggeration. He’s currently working on Monsters At Work an upcoming animated series from Disney. In turn, the subject of our featured caricature has had quite a bit of influence on Disney itself. It’s the late great Stan “The Man” Lee. Jason mainly uses shape to capture Stan Lee’s likeness, using line only to add detail in a few places. The big shapes of Stan’s head with his grin and oversized glasses are the meat of this tribute piece. Everything else is just garnish, but who could blame him for adding Stan’s trademarked phrase, Excelsior!

Jason McLean is fairly busy working at Disney but he does post on Instagram from time to time. The link is right here.

Caricaturist Spotlight: Miller Almeida’s Mr. Bean

Miller Almeida's caricature of Rowan Atkinson in his role as Mr. Bean

Miller Almeida is a caricature artist and illustrator with a painterly and high polished style based out of Porto Alegre, Brazil. He specializes in a high-end style that could be commissioned to grace the glossy cover of a magazine. The composition of Miller’s work is fairly simple. A famous head front and center, with a kind of fish-eye-lens type view for the base of the exaggeration of likeness. That seems to only be the starting point. From there Miller simplifies and stretch the likeness almost to the point of distortion. Finally, Miller adds fairly realistic paint rendering to finish. The featured piece of Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean exemplifies this, down to the little bumps on his face to the stitching on his Teddy.

Find more of Millar Almeida’s work around the web below.

Caricaturist Spotlight: Mae Adao’s Ellen DeGeneres

Mao Adao's caricture of Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres

This time for our Caricaturist Spotlight we have Mae Adao. Mae is a freelance artist doing environmental and character design, as well as illustration. There seems to be a big cross over between character designer and caricature art. The cross over evident in Mae’s work. Strong silhouettes, crucial in character design, are baked into her caricature work. We featured Mae’s depiction of Ellen DeGeneres you can see the large square shape of the head with the rounded point of a chin underneath and the large ears do most of the work. If those shapes were blacked one could still get the sense of the famous talk-show host. The cartoony likeness and bold color are icing on the cake, but it still adds a lot of flavor to the strong foundation.

You can follow Mae Adao and her work at the links below:

Caricaturist Spotlight: Ricardo De Los Angeles’ Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange

Ricardo De Los Angeles' caricaure of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange

Ricardo De Los Angeles, or Ricky for short, is an artist with many skills under his belt. He’s an illustrator, an animator, a character designer, and of course, he’s a caricaturist. Currently, Ricky is working in California at Walt Disney Imagineering as a character artist. He still delves into caricature every now and again. Ricardo’s art style is flowing and cartoony. He favors large basic shapes, that allow him to create characters with strong silhouettes. The featured art piece is a caricature Benedict Cumberbatch in his role as Dr. Strange. This highly geometric interpretation, at first glance, might seem like a stylized version of Marvel Comics’ Sorcerer Supreme: Dr. Strange. However, that triangular face and the high chiseled cheekbones are unmistakable as Cumberbatch as the MCU version. Although he’s not active as a caricaturist at the moment, he still has his exaggeration skills.

Have a look at more of Ricardo De Los Angeles’ work below.

Caricature Spotlight: Sherry Lane’s Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf

Sherry Lane is a New York caricaturist and cartoonist who’s been doing drawings for people since her elementary school days. She lists artist like DiVinci, and Al Hirschfeld among her influences. Her style is like those found in old newspapers, classic and colorful. In the caricature of General Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf, she uses simple thin lines and then defines shade watercolor and colored pencil, and then highlights with a guache. She creates a vintage look. It is an older caricature but it represents her style well.

Like Sherry’s work, you can find more of it here.