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January 17, 2012

The Big Egg Hunt – Olympic caricature (Egg)

Filed under: caricatures — Charlie Anson @ 9:00 am

Wow! The caricature egg has been an experience. Just finished it. A three foot high egg-shaped caricature of five female and five male British athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The whole thing is taking place in the context of the “Big Egg Hunt”, a massive charity event that will culminate in the largest public art exhibition London has ever seen…  And this is the only cartoon caricature they have!

Painting it, with all these characters flying over and under the 3D shape, I was reminded that several websites create a superhero caricature to order, and that they create caricature material quite similar to this: Characters flying and jumping all over the place… But few really take the time to do a cartoon caricature in such detail. And that’s something I’m particularly proud of.

So I thought on: Today, could websites create a superhero caricature that are truly original? Or would they fall back on the old Marvel-like tricks that have become so familiar over the last seventy or so years? In my opinion, if you’re going to create a cartoon caricature, you might as well make it genuinely original. Go back to basics. Just like my Olympic egg caricature character is striving to achieve something great, what is this particular hero trying to achieve? What is their dream? What is their aim? Such questions will inform a truly interesting caricature. They will shape the athlete, or the hero, and give him or her a distinctive voice and personality.

So now, as I dab my last white dashes onto the Olympic caricature, three days before our big gala launch at the Goring hotel, it’s time to stand back and see if this is really original, if it has real artistic value. I can’t really tell… phiewh! Impossible to be objective! But I hope people will like it. We’ll see, I guess.

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