why people draw: “Funny Bones” with artist John Kascht


Today, instead of a new “why people draw” interview (stay tuned for a new one coming up very soon!), I wanted to share with you this film by renowned and veteran illustrator John Kascht. Kascht says he “has spent an embarrassing amount of time studying famous faces. In fact, I’ve made a career out of our collective obsession with them.” His watercolor caricatures hang in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, which brings this fantastic film (and a place that’s definitely worth visiting if you’re in Washington, D.C.).  In this film John Kascht explains his process and approach to caricature—using Conan O’Brien as his subject. It’s definitely worth watching for many reasons: the way Kascht studies body, gestures, expressions, and personality; the process he undergoes to “build” his caricatures—both in 2D and 3D; the manner in which he immerses himself in his subjects; his painting style. It’s all fascinating.

Hope you’ll enjoy this video. It’s about 30 minutes long, so make sure you give yourself the time to watch it and absorb it. Perhaps rewind it and watch it again!

See you on Friday!

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