illustration friday: surprise

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 15 Dec 2005 6:00 pm


Ah, the coronary. Classic!

I wish I were able to get to these sooner, but I’ve been busy on the portfolio portion of my site, which has been down forever, rendering my business cards useless, and the site’s kicking my ass, plus I’m leaving town on Monday, so… well, if you see this, you see it. Wheee. I don’t hate self-promotion, but it’s kind of boring, going me me me all the time, so I’ll be real glad once the portfolio’s finally updated. Then I might get paying work again! That was real nice. Actually, I did one paying job just today, a caricature of somebody. This is something that causes a normally fearless cartoon illustrator to walk with great trepidation. I wish people would commission me to do caricatures of people they hate. That is easy. That is fun. Like, if I could get some rich private school kids to pay me money to draw unflattering pictures of their principal I would be totally down. But this flattering caricature business… man.

I seriously have lost friends before because they asked me to draw pictures of them and I foolishly did. That is no joke. Hence the fear.


  1. Comment by valgalart — December 15, 2005 at 7:12 pm

    you are hilarious! Love the illo. I totally know what you are saying!!! I used to do advertising for a gallery. I would have to do a caricature of each person that worked there and fit them into the illustration. Sometimes they had 12 employees! The owner was forever saying I didn’t make him handsome or thin enough and I get that from women alot too! And they were totally serious and their heads and bodies were tiny!!! People are crazy, but you are great!

  2. Comment by steve — December 15, 2005 at 7:14 pm

    Love it. One of the best pieces I’ve seen here!

  3. Comment by Don — December 15, 2005 at 7:44 pm

    LOL! You sound just like me. I hate self-promo but gotta do it, my web site’s been down for several MONTHS waiting for portfolio updates, and paying jobs are currently few and far between. I’ve always wondered HOW do people do characatures without offending.. I suspect that they just ‘get over it’ and do the job.

    BTW, this is a great coronary… if coronaries CAN be great, that is. 🙂

  4. Comment by Ron AmoriM — December 15, 2005 at 9:21 pm

    Excellent take on “Surprise”! And I hear you about caricatures and friends. 🙂

  5. Comment by JellePelle — December 16, 2005 at 12:37 am

    Lol, a very funny piece!.. nice lineworks too!

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