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These are a few sample caricatures I did for brochures, ads, etc. I started with thinking, "Who's the most famous face... Oh yea! Bogie!" That got me the first one.

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Next, I had drawn Whoopi Goldberg once before, but the difficulty at that time was that she was changing her look a lot from film to film. Later, she settled on the long dreadlocks and tinted glasses, so I drew her again.

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Now I had the opportunity to draw one of my favored popular comedians, Drew Carey. He looked best to me in black & white, but I was regretful that his compatriats on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" weren't more well known. Nothing would be funnier to me than drawing caricatures of Ryan Stiles and Colin Mockery!

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I then decided I needed another color sample, but made the odd choice of a character best known for the stark black & white look. Glenn Close as the former cartoon villainess Cruella De Vil seemed even more striking with that dash of pale peach skin and bold red lipstick!

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So, afew years later, I need something new in the way of celebrities. Immediately I think of the Brucester. I tried him at first with his newer, shaven headed, look, but it just didn't scream "Bruce Willis"! So I did him as ol' John McClane!

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Next, the beginning of a 3-part sample piece, I chose Sir Ian McKellen. Here he is in caricature as the celebrity, next I'll produce a Character Portrait of Ian as Magneto, then a realistic "Fantasy Portrait" in pencil of Ian as Gandalf. I think that will make a great example of the differences in these styles! I'll have a color version of this one up shortly!

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This was a particularly peculiar one. I was contracted to caricaturize Charles Manson for "The Strip Cult" Rock Musical! Not what I would normally consider a "celebrity", but it's just weird enough to seem like fun to me!

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