Tuesday, November 6, 2012

An Exercise in Exaggeration

I am back to tinkering with Alice and Wonderland characters. Above is an exercise in exaggeration using the face of the Caterpillar I did in April (Caterpillar).

To the far left is a loose structural guide of his original face, followed by a rough reproduction of the original. I then progressively stretched his jaw longer and longer, and increased the size of his left eye as I went, taking myself waaaaay out of my comfort zone. At first the changes were exciting, but after a certain point the face simply seems disfigured. But at which point? I keep changing my mind. Right now, I think that only the last face is crossing over into disturbing. But yesterday I thought it was the second to last face, so maybe I am getting used to the stretch.

I think the 3rd to the last face most nicely balances interesting exaggeration without becoming creepy. Since I don't want the caterpillar to be creepy, this one will work nicely. What do you think?


  1. I like the 2nd to last too! I love this exercise, I am going to try it!

  2. Awesome exercise! And your so good at it. Will have to remember this one!

  3. I love the very last one! Perhaps a tweak of the facial expression could retain the drama while losing the creep factor? Great drawings.

  4. I think only the last one verges into creepiness.