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Caricature! [Apr. 25th, 2009|06:55 pm]
Jesse Hamm
Here's a great thread from The Drawing Board, a forum for posting and discussing artwork. It's nothing but caricatures of Scarlett Johansson by dozens of artists. The works range from dismal to amazing, but they all offer an instructive look at how resemblances are achieved (or not!) in art:


Well worth checking out, especially if you're interested in caricature, portraiture, digital painting, or what Scarlett Johansson might look like on a really bad day.

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[User Picture]From: sirspamdalot
2009-04-26 02:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Where's the weak neckline?

What's a weak neckline? I thought the neckline was the part of your shirt that encircles your neck.
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[User Picture]From: sirspamdalot
2009-04-27 07:05 am (UTC)

Re: Where's the weak neckline?

Ah, OK. I guess it doesn't show up in the reference pics on that thread, since none of them are profiles.

Here's one of my faves from that thread (I'll link to the guy's blog, since I can't link to the actual post -- it's his current "samedi 18 avril 2009" entry):

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[User Picture]From: david_porta
2009-04-28 01:45 am (UTC)

Where's the weak chin?

"if you're interested in caricature, portraiture, digital painting, or what Scarlett Johansson might look like on a really bad day"

Nice thread, but I'm waiting for a caricature that highlights her weak chin in profile. Especially her left side. The line that the neck makes from the chin to the chest. [Compare Kate Hepburn's strong chin.]

When SJ poses for glamor shoots, her profile photos show her hiding her neckline with her hand. But some paparazzi shots show her bad profile, and I daresay that imperfection is the essence of caricature.

The old movie stars, like Claudette Colbert, wouldn't allow their "bad" side to be photographed. (Colbert famously allowed John Ford to do so for Guns Along the Mohawk; it was an exception to her rule.)

On the other hand, an old Sonny and Cher LP ran a photo of Cher on the back which made her look really frumpy, and quoted Cher as saying it was her favorite photo of herself.

Caricature brings out by exaggeration qualities of a face which make that face unique. Those qualities may be what we perceive as beauty, or may be what we perceive as flaws.

What one man sees as being a flaw, another man sees as beautiful.

There was a Superman-family story in an early '60s comic book wherein an extraterrestrial alien guy judges a human beauty contest, and, reasoning that the girl who looked different from all the rest was the stand-out and therefor must be the beauty, chose the ugliest girl as the winner.
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[User Picture]From: sirspamdalot
2009-05-04 03:35 am (UTC)

Re: Where's the weak chin?

Aha -- "weak jawline"!
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