Hitesh Mehta | communication designer

May 31, 2006

Expressions Overruled

Filed under: Art & Design — Hitesh Mehta @ 11:35 pm

I love caricature but i have never learnt the art of how to draw them on paper. In this artwork i had my views on the kind of expressions i was looking for and i produced this with adobe illustrator using mesh controls after breaking the stock image from raster to vector.

If you guys have any links/tutorials/expert advice on how to start working with caricature from step 1 then do share it. thanks in advance.

Would appreciate your feedback on this.



  1. well well..wht am i to say?!
    leave me without words!!!

    Comment by avantika — June 1, 2006 @ 12:22 am

  2. Good try…You should have also placed the original image…It would have been easier to judge how well you have expressed the characteristics of the visage…i.e. how well you have caricatured it…..I am interested in caricatures too. Have been trying to find such links as you are looking for but the web is full of crap….will let you know if I come across anything…you too keep me posted on it…

    Comment by Jayvir — June 1, 2006 @ 9:18 am

  3. Dont take this the wrong way but pushing and pulling vector points in illustrator doesnt create caricatures. Nor does using stretch , squash options in photoshop. The software is just a tool. Your thought process should originate from your head and from your hand. I suggest u study the old masters like Ajit Ninan/ Mario Miranda and see how characters are built up. Every line or crease creates an expression,a characterisation . The moment you do it on a photograph it seems as if someone is just fiddling with the filters.
    I really suggest that you start sketching.ESPECIALLY caricature is something you can and should never do with a software tool. once you have sketched it out u can definitely tweak and trace it out in a software but the originating doodles shd be on paper. Study expressions and quirks, like hanging cheek jowls on Vajpayee’s face or the high forehead of harsha bhogle. these are “character builders” of a caricature. and yes , do start with a pencil and paper , and not with a mouse. the outcome may not look polished at first but it will improve in character and content.
    best of luck
    suvodeep(former cartoonist with the statesman)

    Comment by suvodeep — June 1, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  4. Suvodeep,

    Appreciate your feedback. Thr is absoutely nothing wrong to take from your comments. I mentioned in my post that i have no knowledge of caricature drawings and i am here not to discuss about the pushing and pulling vector points either…. i am here to show in my post about how beautifully the expressions can be made with various steps.. like using a real image and then converting to vector and then reshaping it to different ways to show these many expressions…

    infact this is how even in storyboarding of many movies happens… apart from using hand drawn images.. even this is one way of digitally changing the facial expressions. If we talk about 3D modelled characters and the expressions.. its again pushing and pulling of nodes.

    hey and thanks for sharing few resources.. will chk on that soon.

    Would luv to see your creations if you have posted somewer?

    hitesh mehta

    Comment by Hitesh Mehta — June 1, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  5. nice đŸ˜›

    Comment by harry — June 2, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

  6. Hi Hitesh,

    I do agree with Suvodeep’s comments. However I thought you might like to see this page:
    You could try taking the essence of Suvodeep’s comments (and the essence of the subject’s facial features) and using them with the distortion of photos technique.

    However, I don’t think you need to export to vectors. KPT 7 has a ‘Goo’ filter which does a great job, or you can use Kai’s SuperGoo which is the same thing in standalone format. You can also download the program AnmanieSMP which is free and works excellently. Find it here:
    (page is in German but software in English I think).

    Comment by Manoj — June 8, 2006 @ 11:39 am

  7. Manoj,

    thank you for writing your comments.. yes i too agree totally with suvodeep’s and your comments.. you guys are professional cartoonist and you know the base. KPT Goo is no new tool here.. I had used KPT few years back when it was launched in the market and i tried those tools had fun for 3 or 4 days and its completely out of my desk after that.

    Am not looking for any readymade software as such.. i tried this vector style just to experiment something and it worked well…

    Btw, i have seen your illustrations and cartoons.. they are really good, i appreciate your drawing skills for comics too.. wanted to know if your comics and cartoons are hand drawn and scanned? or do you use illustrator or any other tool to draw straight on computer?

    hitesh mehta

    Comment by Hitesh Mehta — June 8, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

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