So last weekend, I was given one of what I feel was one of the biggest opportunities in time doing caricatures so far. A couple weeks back I got a message from Sean asking if I wanted to come down to the VA Beach Tattoo Festival this year and draw Zombie Caricatures with him and Nick. It was 7:45 in the morning when I first saw the message, but needless to say I went from half sleep to totally up in a matter of seconds. In the back of my mind, this was something that I always thought would be really cool to experience, but nothing that I didn't think I'd actually get the opportunity to do. So to get invited to do this was an offer that I couldn't refuse. I had to work some scheduling magic to pull this off, but needless to say it happened and for three days I traveled down to the VA Beach Convention center to have at it with who I consider some of the best at caricature and art in general.
I will say that I've learned a ton of stuff this weekend, not just about drawing zombies, but I'd say it was a lesson on drawing itself. I learned a lot from watching, some great critiques, and just drawing different people. It's real cool to see where I started at the beginning of the weekend to where I ended up. There's still plenty of room for improvement with all of them, but overall the weekend was a huge success. It helped me get a better grasp on certain things that stumped me for a while, and it also made me realize the importance of line work. When you're working on stuff with the kind of detail this has, it's important to really prioritize how you handle your line quality, as it can make the difference between an unreadable drawing, and one that's great to look at. Watching them use lines in their work was awesome, especially since there's a lot of small nuances to what they do that you're not going to really notice unless you're there watching it happen.
Whenever I get another opportunity to do these, I will definitely make sure to push the boundaries even farther than I did this time around. In the meanwhile, here's the blood bath from the weekend, all 16 of the unlucky dead.
No. 2. A little bit better than the first. Hair got a bit too stiff for my liking though. And like before, could've used some better lines in spots.