March 23rd 2001
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Your Every Other Week Caricature
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Howdy all!

Today's Caricature is of "Politically Incorrect" talk show host and comedian
Bill Maher. Has he got a caricaturable face or what? We'll get right to it and
run rapidly through the different highlights: I think what's most characteristic
of Mr. Maher is the nose, the mouth and the flaming red hair. In that order.
(Course it's hard to tell he's got red hair in a pencil.) That's what grabbed
me any way. More details....

The Shape of the Head:

The Head is broadest at the top and the nose is broadest at the bottom and:
which makes for an interesting contrast. Mr. Maher has a "light bulb" shaped
head. His "foofed up"hair accentuates that look even more.

The Nose

The nose as - just mentioned - is broadest at it's base (remember the root
of the nose is up there at the level of the eyes). More than being just broad
at the base, Mr. M's nose fans out like a yard rake (I don't mean that disre
sepctfully at all - just a visual analogy).

The Mouth 

The mouth is interesting in the way it tilts just a bit of to the side - the asymmetry
is evident when he talks too. This is a neat find in a subject: asymmetry that is.
The lower lip is full, and by adding shadows and highlights in the right spots make
it jump out. Also notice the sharp curve of the lower border of the upper lip - I
thought this little accent was a key to getting his look. It's got a sharp point right at
"Cupid''s Bow" - that's the very center lobe of the lip.

The Eyes

I left the eyes farther down the list but they're mentionable in that he has very
black pupils that jump off in contrast against the light eye brows - which are
on the thin side and are light in color.

The Neck

Not a lot of detail, but be aware at how in men the Adam's apple always has
a distinct shadow shape attached to it. Also notice that giving a "pencil neck"
look accentuates the narrowing trend from wide at that top of the head to
the thinning neck. I think it starts to get pretty hilarious. (Well that's just my
opinion any way...I laughed after I drew it. :-)

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So have a great weekend and keep on drawing.


Jeff K.


Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Executive Director

"Once and for all getting you drawing faces and caricatures"