Digital Caricature Drawing
My name is Jerry Emerson, and I am a digital caricature artist. Most people by now know that digital artists draw on a computer. What they may not know is how they do that.
First, they use special tools. Instead of a pen, brush or pencil, the digital artist uses an electronic pen stylus and pad. Some prefer drawing directly on the computer screen. The digital artist’s canvas is a calibrated computer monitor.
In effect, the digital artist manipulates the arrangement, brightness, hue, and saturation of pixels, having a phenomenal palette of 10 million colors to work with, more if a 10-bit monitor is used
Now a mistaken notion exists that somehow a digital artist’s artwork is totally computer generated, meaning that the artist programs the computer to draw the artwork. While some digital artist might work with very little freehand input, many others draw primarily freehand or mix freehand with image tools called plug-ins and filters that manipulate images, or parts of them, to achieve special effects. In short, whether the artist uses freehand exclusively or incorporates plug-ins and filters, it is the artist’s hand movements, governed by the brain, innate talent, and imagination that creates the art. Is this not what traditional artists have always done with paint, ink, and clay?
In short, artists have not changed, but the method for expressing themselves has.
Applications Are the Method
An artist learns and masters a medium over time, not an easy task for either the digital artist or the artist using physical media. For a digital caricature artist, mastering specific applications facilitates natural artistic ability.
When I create a digital caricature, I use two principal applications: Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai. I learned both these applications over a 23-year period. With each upgrade to the applications, I upgraded my skills to match.
Sai allows me to duplicate my pen and ink style of line art. It can also duplicate pastel-like or watercolor-like qualities in the coloring stage. Photoshop filters and texture techniques can be added to create more life-like embellishments to the art. It is especially useful in creating backgrounds, where trees, grass, and clouds may be produced with special brushes that I learned to fabricate.
A Few Technical Details
I work in a resolution of 300DPI and in full color, to ensure quality print reproduction. I do not do the printing, so the customer must find a good printer to reproduce the caricature. Some customers have achieved good prints using services like Fed Ex.
The print size of the finished caricature can be anywhere between A1 (23.4 x 33.1 in or 594 x 841 mm) to a size appropriate for a letterhead logo or website avatar.
The finished digital caricature art can be any (or all) of five formats, according to the customer’s needs – jpg, tif, bmp, pdf or psd. I create web-ready formats (gif or jpg) free of charge, from the large originals.
How To Get Your Caricature
Placing your order is simple:
- Fill out the online quote form and submit it to me.
- After you agree to the quote, make your down payment.
- Send me good quality and fairly large photos of the subject(s).
- Include good descriptions of poses, background and objects needed.
- Review the in-progress caricature samples I will send you.
- Suggest changes and additions to the caricature.
- Accept a final draft when you are sure the caricature is finished.
- Make your balance payment.
- You receive the final print file(s).
I have more information about ordering on my support page…support center
Digital Caricature Uses
A digital caricature drawing has great versatility. You may print it for a full color, high-resolution print to frame and hang in your living room or use it to create greeting cards, business cards, t-shirts, mugs…the sky is the limit.