Of Likenesses And Avatards

Likeness is a weird thing. The way we see ourselves and others is entirely subjective. Nonetheless,  if a drawing doesn’t look that person, it’s just wrong. No amount of subjectivity or superfluous detail will hide this.

I think the secret  in capturing someone’s likeness is getting the spacing on the face right. If I get the  distance  between the eyes right, or the length of the nose the chin correct, then I’m pretty much  halfway there.

Of course, if I really capture the subject’s spirit, their personalty, then by Gawd, I get more than a likeness, I’m characterizing their effervescent soul.

If  I were to go by the photos alone, then I’d kinda be missing the point.

When I draw you an avatard, I like t’ just take a look at your pics on facebook or what-have-you for a few minutes, and after that, I’ll sit down and do some sketches. Then, I’ll draw you from my sketches instead of your pics.  That way, I don’t get bogged down on the subtle details on your face that no one really sees  when they look at  you, anyway. This is why a  good caricature will always look more like you then YOU look like you.

I guess you can be the judge of the similitude.

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About Josh Latta

Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.

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