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As I scanned the headlines and popular searches on google, I came upon this chubby character. Stepping into the shoes of his daddy, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Ill, is “Supreme Leader”, Kim Jong Un. Sounds like the 20-something has even more power than his dad (but maybe he’s not as “dear” in the hearts of the people of North Korea). I understand that he’s been named the head of the military – and it’s nuclear arsenol.  Nothing like an inexperienced kid with his finger on the button!

So here’s Kim Jong Un:

I seem to have been moving into some political commentary with my caricatures lately. Maybe it’s just because of the subjects I’ve chosen, but we’ll see.

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As I considered who my next celeb caricature subject should be I came across the following item:  http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Comedian-Bill-Maher-creates-firestorm-with-profane-tweet-about-Denver-Broncos-QB-Tim-Tebow-122711/?ocid=ansfox11

The tweet-length summary is that comedian and professional provocateur, Bill Maher, took a profane shot at Tim Tebow when the Broncos lost a blowout to the Buffalo Bills.

I’ve had an on-again/off-again enjoyment of Maher since his late 90’s late-night rant-fest, “Politically Incorrect”.  I liked the fact that he said what he thought and invited guests with other viewpoints to join the conversation.  Of course, he usually dominated said conversation and came across as what I think he is: an arrogant know-it-all.  His most vehement criticism was always directed at Christianity (he was raised as a Roman Catholic, although his mother is Jewish).  Now Maher has taken his show to HBO (“Real Time With Bill Maher”) and it appears to be much of the same kind of stuff. 

My main problem with Bill is his holier-than-thou attitude about everything (irony intended).  He knows the truth and anyone who disagrees with him is ignorant, stupid, uninformed, brainwashed, etc.  But that very attitude reveals his foundational problem. His insistence on being the sole source of truth is putting himself in the place of God – the very one he criticizes Tim Tebow for honoring.  Maybe he’s just jealous.

So here’s my caricature of Bill Maher. There’s a little editorial comment in it…

Interesting that the word “mar” means:

1. to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.

2. to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table.
 
I think Bill is aptly named.

Okay… I’m glad I didn’t set myself up to feel guilty about this, but it’s been a long while since I did my next celebrity caricature and blog post.  Not that I haven’t been working on caricatures, but they’ve been paid gigs of the non-celebrity variety.

However, one of my friends has found that these caricatures that I’ve been doing for fun and practice are also something that she wanted to purchase as a gift for friends!  Bonus!

So I took two of these previous images, added some elements, and had a couple of mugs made for her to give as gifts.

I think they turned out great and it’s a fun way to use a caricature other than just hanging it on the wall.

So my friend hasn’t finished with this idea yet, but now she’s gone from simply using the caricatures I’ve already done to putting in her request for my next celeb.

And her special request was: Selena Gomez

Miss Gomez is one of those Disney-created popstars who came to fame as the breakout star of “The Wizards of Waverly Place”, a silly sitcom borrowing from the old formula established by “Bewitched”, “I Dream of Jeanie”, and “My Favorite Martian”: a person with magical powers tries to fit in with average society… and hilarious hijinks ensue!

Not surprisingly, the super-cute Gomez has become a regular on the covers of magazines and also has followed the path of other Disney-guided child actors into the world of pop music (see Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, etc.).

Now Selena is one half of the ultimate heart-throb couple with fellow cutiepie Justin Bieber. As I was completing this caricature, I had a conversation with my daughter in which she pointed out that they don’t have a couple name (i.e. Beniffer or TomKat). So I propose either Biebez or Gomer… kinda like Gomer…

Anyway, I’m not sure how my Selena will be used by my friend. She may end up on another mug or maybe she’ll be on an iphone cover.  I’ll post a photo of the final product.

So, do you have a request?