Caricature development from photos
Caricature development from photos is a new section I added to further explain the process of producing a quality digital caricature.
Without exception, I draw every caricature from a photo or photos of the subject. I do not need personal sittings to achieve a likeness of the subject. Instead, I send samples of the progressing caricature to the client. The feedback from the client tells me what I have, and have not, captured about the subject. I make adjustments to the caricature after each suggestion the client submits and soon capture a likeness that works.
The last step is a suitable background for the caricature. I develop backgrounds with photo references, as well. A photo is never used as part of the drawing I produce. If photographic-like elements are evident in the image, it is because I either very carefully drew them or used Photoshop texturing and filtering techniques to create them. Most often, it is a combination of all three.
I only make an exception to this rule when the client requests a logo as part of the caricature. The logo, however, is always integrated with the setting to look normal in the scene, that is, shaded or highlighted and perspective adjusted.
My caricature development gallery shows the caricature development stages using samples from an actual client caricature.