Wednesday, April 29, 2009

vanquishing the 500lbs gorilla...

FINALLY!!!... Here they are for display. The originals have been delivered to Young Audiences and will be distributed to the intended victims.

It's always amazing to do caricatures and see the reactions. Doing them as "Simpsons" characters has its own pitfalls. I met a woman last year who had received one from YA. She was polite, but intimated that she really didn't care for it. Blow to my ego it was. But she also said that the students who saw it loved it(She's a high school principal). That's kind of the way it goes with the "Simpson-ized" caricatures. I did one a few years ago for a retired, hard-shelled, evangelical Baptist minister and his wife. He taught our Sunday School class. Before showing it to him, I told him that he would probably hate it, but his grandkids would think he was "cool" as a new denizen of Springfield. He laughed when he saw it, and I think he hung it in his study when he moved to Michigan. A few months later closer to the Christmas holidays, I got a call from a 20-something young lady who wanted a "Simpson-ized" caricature of her boyfriend for his Christmas gift. How did she find out about me? She saw the one I did of her grandfather and grandmother. Yep! You got it! Her granddad was the retired minister, and she saw it in his study.

Diane at Young Audiences thought these were good. Here we go...

This lady teaches elementary music. I wonder if she has any "Ralphies" in real life?...


This lady is a band director...


This lady teaches middle school vocal music...


This woman is a PTO organizer. I thought the likeness was there, and I also didn't feel like drawing a bunch of Simpsons parents. Guess I could've added Homer and Flanders, but I really wanted to get these done. Sorry...


This guy is a fund-raiser, hence the schmoozing of the robber barons...


This lady is a high school art teacher and has scheduled me for cartooning seminars at her high school for almost 10 years. Probably no more after seeing the picture...


This woman is a principal. Not sure if she's elementary or secondary, but I'm sure "Bart" will make her life a challenge, or the real "Barts" she puts up with every day...


This woman is an assistant superintendent, I think. Or some kind of administrative assistant. Either way, I'm sure she gets a lot to deal with...


And finally, this lady is a superintendent, hence, the boss!...


Whew!!! Now on to the 200lbs gorilla!!!

3 comments:

ying-ko-4 said...

Mike, I get more comments about the Simpson-ized Shadow and Batman you did for me than anything else is my original art collection. People love them!

These were all terrific.

Mike Worley said...

Glad you like them, Mark

I hope to get a few more pieces...different stuff, up before the weekend.

len said...

awesome. glad you got em done.