Fun and Funny Caricatures!

The New Kid in Town

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.


Don’t Let Your Views Be Maher-ed

As I considered who my next celeb caricature subject should be I came across the following item:

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.

Biebez? Gomer?

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?

Keep on Dancin’

It’s been a number of years since Dancing with the Stars has slipped out of the “must-see-tv” status in our household.  I’m not sure if it’s simply a matter of the novelty wearing off or the fact that the term “star” has become increasingly generously applied.  Probably both.

However, depending on my schedule and what else is vying for my attention on tv, I’ve watched it on occasion.  This season that’s just come to an end featured the usual combination of “stunt-casting” (Chaz Bono, Nancy Grace, some Kardashian sibling). It also featured a young man who I was only vaguely aware of prior to his casting on the show: JR Martinez.  I still don’t know all that much about him except that he was severely burned while serving in the military in Iraq.  After a huge number of surgeries, he still will never blend into a crowd.

But the fantastic thing about this young man is that his personality and positive, energetic outlook on life has not been hampered by his physical deformity.  He has a magnetic personality and it doesn’t take long before the severe burns almost disappear from your awareness.  I’m sure that the combination of this personality and his compelling back-story attributed to JR getting to raise the mirror ball trophy as this season’s champion.  It didn’t hurt that he was a pretty good dancer.

So I decided to select JR as my next celebrity caricature.

It’s a bit touchy to draw a caricature of someone who has a physical deformity. What are you “allowed” to exaggerate? How much can you have fun with their look?  I guess I kind of took it easy on JR (not that my style is very extreme to begin with).  I think I did a pretty good job of capturing his personality.  I look forward to seeing more of this young man.

A Muppet of a Man

I saw The Muppets last night and I loved it!  While the plot was the old “let’s-save-the-day-by-putting-on-a-show”, the dialog and scenarios were fresh and fun with plenty of laughs throughout.  The celebrity cameos were surprising and fun and the musical numbers were entertaining and funny.  I’m not going to give a full review here – you can find those elsewhere – I just want to give my recommendation and….

share my next caricature:  Jason Segel

Jason has been a crazy Muppet fan for years and it was his efforts that made this film a reality.  He was a co-writer and star, so I only thought it appropriate that I do a little Jason/Kermit mash-up.

Thanksgiving Sucks

Okay, I’m not really an anti-Thanksgiving nut. In fact I like almost everything about the holiday: gathering with family, eating turkey (why don’t we eat turkey throughout the year?), pumpkin pie – heck, I love the whole meal!  And I enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day parade (although it’s changed into a bunch of performances from Broadway musicals strung together by floats, balloons and marching bands).  This year one of my daughter’s friends will be in the parade, which should add to the interest in our household.

Fred Willard in "Best in Show"

I love NFL games, and this year will probably be unique in that the games should be competitive and exciting.  I even enjoy the Westminster Dog Show – I kind of wish they’d get Fred Willard to co-host it!  Our family has a tradition of going to see a movie on Thanksgiving evening and this year we’ll be seeing the Muppets, which I’m looking forward to.

And the very foundational reason for Thanksgiving is so important – especially as our society has become more and more whiney and ungrateful.  I’m glad that our year has a built-in, attention-getting, normal-life-halting day to force people to at least consider what they’ve been blessed with and encouraging them to be thankful. I know that many people don’t direct their gratitude toward God, but that doesn’t change the fact that He is the source of every good and perfect gift.

So why did I title this post “Thanksgiving Sucks”?  Because of the subject of my next caricature: Robert Pattinson, AKA Edward the vampire from the Twilight Saga.

I haven’t read any of the books nor have I seen any of the films, but it’s nearly impossible to avoid the hype of this phenomenon. The box office for the latest film, Breaking Dawn, has been impressive, indicating the rabid fan base for the books and films.

I just read an article in Entertainment Weekly in which a NYC obstetrician, Fahimeh Sasan, weighs in on the birth scene in the film (I guess they have a baby vampire – how sweet).  The story definitely strays from the typical experience most women have in giving birth, but I guess, when the father is a vampire, you should expect a few differences.  I guess Edward chews through the amniotic sac… maybe we should swap out our post-Thanksgiving meal movie from The Muppets to Breaking Dawn. tasty.

So, here you have my caricature of Edward saying, “I do” at his wedding in the woods. I wonder what kind of cake they had – type A or B?

Black Friday

My facebook page  is the closest I’ve gotten to having a business site for my JP’s Custom Caricature service. Since all of my work is done in a customized, individually commissioned way, it’s hard to figure out how to take advantage of the “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” Christmas gift shopping season. Any ideas? I’d be open to suggested discounts or other related ideas