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Some cool celebrity caricatures

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 21st 2007 11:02AM

pete emsliePete Emslie, a Canadian-born artist who works mostly as an illustrator for Disney merchandise and children's books, has a site with some really amazing caricatures, many of them television celebrities. His drawing of Larry King is on the right, but also check out this drawing of Don Rickles from Jeff Pidgeon's blog, where I first read about Emslie's site.

As Pidgeon points out, Emslie's caricature is more than just a good likeness, it also captures the essence of the real person. That mischievous grin and those bright ornery eyes tell volumes. I also love how King's shoulders are almost higher than his head.

I also love this drawing of Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston from Law and Order, and this one of the Seinfeld crew. I don't pretend to know anything about drawing caricatures, but it always amazes me how exaggerating just a few features can result in a cartoon version of a person that is instantly recognizable.

Also quite awesome: Chuck Jones, and James Garner as Maverick. His David Letterman is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time.

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Emslie is good, but he's completely indebted to Al Hirschfeld for his style:


July 21 2007 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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