2 treats, if you like

This is my dear confidant, Emily Anthony. We think I got her likeness. She's difficult if just size-contrast is considered... most people only caricature size differences. (nothing about her is very big or small) Caricaturing texture or shapes that represent awkwardly/stupider make for a funnier likeness of someone who lacks a small or huge feature.









Here is an unrelated mysterious gentleman from the future

52 comments:

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Hilarious! Nice color, too!

Marlo Meekins said...

thanks eddie. how did you respond so fast?

Katie said...

These are great!! I agree with Eddie too, the colors look beautiful. Post more hot guys soon pleeeeeease!!

Callum said...

They're pretty cool- it'd be good to see the original subjects. This sort of ties in with my blog's only post (Go read it!)- I guess some people really are difficult to caricature.

Ryan G. said...

Holy shit Marlo! THat top one is freekin sweet! I like the light source and expression.

Nico said...

Love both, but LOVE LOVE LOVE the color in the first one. WOW MARLO

Marlo Meekins said...

i should post more color shit, then. thanks fellas

Marlo Meekins said...

should i just post drawings and not talk about them? who reads words anyway. booooring

Jeff Wong said...

Marlo - I really enjoy viewing your work. You convey that you're having fun when you draw, and that's incredibly appealing. With regard to your post, appreciating a drawing with a good likeness requires a familiarity with its subject; appreciating a good drawing can be done without any such reference. Your drawings work on one level all the time because they're just great drawings with lively lines, with features pushed to the extreme. There's added dimension to your self-portraits or drawings of your pal, Kali, because readers of the blog have seen photos of both of you and that's where likeness factors in. I don't recall seeing Emily Anthony, so am not sure if you achieved what you set out to in terms of likeness playing with textures or shapes.

Emily said...

AAAAAgh!!! This IS what I would look like if I was nasty-ugly. And had a greasy break-out on my forehead. This caricature was born out of my dislike for a too-short haircut...

If anybody wants to see a photo of me for comparison, you can look at my blog (july 4th has a photo of me) or website (about me)
but this drawing--which she cackled over incessantly while creating it-- is proof that a master can take an ordinary face and make it grotesque even when it's not--and even then, the grotesqueness is made beautiful by its colors and textures.

Love you too, Marlo!!

Marlo Meekins said...

thanks jeff! and i love you emily. here she is:

http://i23.photobucket.com/
albums/b385/EmArtiste/072707002.jpg

Jeff Wong said...

Ah, yes. Cruelly funny and accurate, in the best pre-watered down Scarfian way possible. Good stuff. Makes me wish I was part of your circle and letting loose without the constraints of commercial considerations.

Marlo Meekins said...

Hi jeff! why did they get rid of cracked? did they just replace it with MAD kids?

LĂȘA said...

beaoooooooooooootiful!
ok, no more words...

Jeff Wong said...

When I was regularly contributing to CRACKED (the poor man's MAD), it was owned by a Canadian family that also owned a wedding mag and maybe some other imprints. The publisher, who was into comics, eventually ended up selling CRACKED to some guy in Florida and it has since changed hands (and is now in its present incarnation with a sort of Maxim/FHM vibe).

Beast said...

That Doesn't look like her.
Is her nose really that big? How long have you been doing this? is it your real job? Did you go to school for this? my nephew can draw antyhing.

Kali Fontecchio said...

That man's face texture looks so...life like- oh my!

Those zits look pretty ripe I think they're ready to be...


YOU WIN!

Nico said...

Marlo- I encourage you to still write about the drawings you post. It's nice to hear some background behind the art by the artist. It also helps that you're funny. I like the noises that come out of your face!

Ryan Kramer said...

haha, man...you are soo talented. Great expression on the first one.
You should talk MORE about your drawings so we can understand your genious better! :)

Katie said...

I only just noticed how beautifully and lovingly rendered that guy's philtrum is...woo!

Chris said...

Great advice as always. I always have trouble with "average faces." This helps a lot.

Oh and the future guy looks like Plastic Man!

rex said...

Hey Marlo,
I still have your copy of 'Antz'.
Do you want it back, or can I keep it???

Aaron said...

so frickin cool.

Randeep Katari said...

I LOVE the colors on the first one, and it's a really nice drawing too, great work!
-R.

stefimon said...

Whoa, you can't stop surprizing me with the awesome quality and hilarious-ness (if that's a word) of your work. That linework and colors... I die!

Mick said...

brilliant first one there... your mind is truly in tune with some kind of highly evolved backwards goof ball instinct. yeah the writing does spoil the mythical hue around you... writing makes you seem normal and no fecker wants normal

sean said...

i dig 'em. Cheers for the hair comment. I used to have the most luciously large red dome (ass length at one point). It dulled, got short and straight. woe is me.

Keep the Big Red alive!!!

P.s. the hair wasn't as long as my ass...it reached it in length. I'm feeling dirty for mentioning my ass twice (3) times. Stay cool and I'm constantly inspired by your pics.

:: smo :: said...

i think "delightfully creepy" sums it up well! awesome as always!!!

Brian B said...

The caricature theory/description was really cool. That's great advice for one of the problems that plague probably every caricature artist. I'd love it too to hear more about your approach. I really like the lighting too you chose to show off the textures. The cheeks, nose, and zits just come off as so specific - effecting the way the eye reads the subject, as I'm sure it does on the actual person's facial structure.

Marion said...

LOVE the way you use these markers!

Alexei Martins said...

Hahahaha!!Your work RULES!!!

cheers!

pumml said...

Really funny! You have such a knack for wacky caricatures.

Scotland Barnes said...

Oooooh, love the guy from the FUTURE! Your caricature of your friend Emily, I love also, but I'd like to see a photo of her for reference. And you use markers to color these, right?

G R I G O R said...

you must think your good or sumthin-
give up already!!!!!! =O

Tim said...

I like the ripe zits too! This guy has a few that are ready to go!! (oddly positioned very similarly to the ones you've drawn...)

Okapi Figment William said...

I like the future.

Me! said...

marlo i love you. and jealous that you get to hang out with emily all the time.

come visit me in toronto and bring emily.

jert said...

mmmmm, yummy treats

Marlo Meekins said...

yes this is marker but trying to emulate a soft watercolor technique to appear more "finished"


thanks for all the compliments.


Rex, your comment is the best one

Colter said...

Wow, the colors used on the drawing at the top are amazing. I actually feel the urge to pop those two huge pulsating zits on her forehead.

MARLO POP THOSE THINGS FOR HER FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY!!! AHHHH!!!

Jason Seiler said...

Awesome work Marlo!

MariaBolton.com said...

like the details on the first.. and there is def punch on that one. You goood! You know it ;o) yeah!

Daniel Og said...

cool as hell...
check me out if you can.
http://danielog.wordpress.com

Daniel Og said...

by the way, how come that girls do this spumco-like style 30 times better then man in general. not trying to be sexist (maybe am), but it´s a fact, as i´ve been noticing among your friends...
sociological weird stuff!

roberto la forgia said...

bella femmina

The Gaber's Sketchblog said...

Its beautiful kid.

Bruce said...

The first one was funny looking (in a good way) but the second one kinda creeped me out.

Oh, also, I had recently posted my Iwerks tribute on my blog, and if you have the time, could you read it and tell me if I had left anything out?

Thanks.

David Reyes said...

yeah your right most people only focus on (size contrast) when doing caricatures. but yeah theres so many elements like personality, color,etc but yeah you should post a picture of her so we can how you thought this out. But yeah freaken awesome shapes and colors.

Meesimo said...

Hey these new drawrings are wicked awesome with a side of wicked awesome.

Emily said...

haha-- I am the 50th comment. who IS that ugly chick????

jeff said...

50 comments????
fuck off!!
im just addin my anger into this one
thou i do like them...

Morwenna said...

Good words.