Update! Link to Audrey merchandise HERE.
I’m teaching Illustration Media at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and our first assignment is a caricature. One of my students chose Audrey Hepburn and I was inspired to draw her as well. Here she is! Sketch is below.
Final color is done in Photoshop with Kyle’s Brush impressionist kit french sharp bristle. I took color cues from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster.
For caricatures, I look for distinguishing features and exaggerate them. The trick is to make a person look more like themselves through emphasis. Our brains are programmed from birth to discern facial features, so human likeness is tougher than something like pet portraits. If I get close with a dog drawing, my client is happy. If I’m close with their significant other, it’s not good enough. “There’s just something about that chin that… I dunno. It’s not quite him.”
You can see how I softened the angles from the sketch to finish. Audrey was younger during the shooting of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and there is a softness to her presence. She’s approachable and I wanted to convey that in the final.