Well, it’s getting around that time again. Every year, my brother throws a ‘Oscar Party’ at his restaurant in Chicago, and every year for the past ten years I’ve commemorated the event with a ‘caricature poster’ that I have printed up and framed to give as a present to him. I was a little worried this year, that I wouldn’t have time to get it done, considering the heavy workload I find myself with, but I managed to find a little window of opportunity this past weekend, and doubled down my efforts to get it completed (and much earlier than I have in years past, surprisingly enough). I had said last year, that this might be the last year I do this, seeing as how I’d been doing it without letup for ten years now, but I think I’ll wait and see how I feel about it next spring. There may still be a little life in this pointless endeavor yet. (Click on the image above to see a larger version)
A lot of repeat faces from years’ past (Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep seem to be ones I’ve done the most in the last ten years, and I’m getting to where I can almost do them without reference)*, with several new ones in the mix to keep me on my toes (Bruce Dern and Sally Hawkins I found particularly challenging).
*(I’ve done a tally, and George Clooney is the one face I’ve drawn the most times this past ten years with 6 appearances, and tied with 5 appearances is Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and I’ve drawn Philip Seymour Hoffman and Leonardo DiCaprio 4 times each. Appearing 3 times in the past ten years have been Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslett, Laura Linney, Joaquin Phoenix, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz & Brad Pitt. 26 other actors have appeared twice, and 110 others have only appeared once — giving us a grand total of 160 caricatures for the past ten years) — oh and one more bit of trivia — in three separate occasions, three actors have appeared twice on the same poster (Cate Blanchett in 2008, George Clooney in 2006 and Jamie Foxx in 2005). Anyhow, for the curious, the link below points to the posters I’ve done in the past.