Caricature development from photos
Without exception, every caricature appearing on my site was produced from photos of the subjects, sent to me as email attachments. No personal sittings were involved. The likenesses were achieved by closely consulting the clients at each stage of the caricatures’ development.
Producing caricatures from photos
For example, I will begin by producing a line sketch of the subject. The line sketch is sent to the client for evaluation as to likeness and pose. I make changes, if necessary, based on the clients responses to the sample. This process is repeated with all the steps leading to the final coloring.
The last step is creating and approving the background for the caricature. Backgrounds are developed with photo references, as well. Never is a photo used in the image I produce. If photographic-like elements are evident in the image, it is because I ether very carefully drew them or used Photoshop texturing and filtering techniques, most often a combination of all three.
The only exception to this rule is made when actual logos are requested as part of the caricature. They are, however, integrated with the setting to look normal in the scene, that is, shaded or highlighted and perspective adjusted.
My caricature development gallery shows the stages using samples from an actual client caricature.