I was commissioned to do a little drawing of someone's son, plus their Lab and a Pug, all riding a motorcycle. It was a challenge, having never met any of them in person and using just a couple snapshots for reference. But after a series of roughs - really rough roughs as seen above - it finally pulled together enough to make a decent inked final piece, which was then lightly washed with some watercolor. Here's a pic of the original + the digital color version (sort of a warm-up to the final piece, and doubling as backup insurance should anything horrible happen):
Much like the last caricature I did earlier in the year, there was a lot of preliminary work done behind the scenes, mostly in the form of seemingly endless attempts at somehow simplifying the characters without losing crucial attributes. In the case of the Pug, I just about had a nervous breakdown trying to keep it from looking like some horrid little wrinkly alien, but then again, that's pretty much what they really look like anyways*. Other People's Children however, are a cartoon minefield of prudence to tiptoe around until something not too ridiculous is achieved. Once again, I have nothing but absolute respect for those ubiquitous caricaturists who set up kiosks in malls across America and work on the spot and in the trenches.