7/7/09



A quickie portrait of Karl Malden, dependable character actor. I managed to throw this one together on the fly, scratching out the drawing in ballpoint and utilizing the scanner and good old MS Paint at work. Pablo Lobato suggested he needed a "butt nose". I tried it, but I just can't do that to poor Karl, whom I liked. I try not to engage in cruel and unusual caricature. If you're looking for that, hit up some of those guys at Disneyworld.

7 comments:

POP CULTURE DEBRIS said...

Check out Karl in the film Baby Doll ... amazing and disturbing work.

thrdgll said...

Oh yes. Baby Doll is a wonderful "terrible" movie.

Mel said...

It's a great likeness except I hardly recognize him looking so young. I think of him a perpetually 70 years old, I guess.

jj said...

That guy had a huge nose. I forgot about that.

d said...

interesting group of personalities to pass away in these past weeks: Carradine, Malden, Fawcett and Jackson. There is sure to be one of these that you super hate and one that you super love. Malden was one I hated when I was a kid and now I love as an adult. His roles were always geared towards adults and his cop show, in San Francisco, was the precursor for today's CSIs, Law and Order, etc. Makes sense that I would appreciate him now. One thing I like about your illustration is the jacket. Drawing men's jackets is my Achilles heel. I get the jacket collar, shirt collar and tie knot all going the wrong way. and looking stiff. You've twisted the shoulders to give the figure depth and interest and the impression that he is sitting in a chair. God (or is it the devil?) is in the details.

Zach Trenholm said...
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Zach Trenholm said...

(I'm a lousy speller)

Here's a bit of advice from the most kindest, most benign, non-objectional caricaturist out there Ash; you should really reconsider not adding the Malden nose 'butt-cleft'.....

Contrary to your stated aim of not wanting to be disrespectful or unkind to his memory in your portrait of him, one should never shy away from salient but essential details that can define or establish a likeness.

Everything from double chins to moles can be indicated in a subtle or decent manner--it's all about how you go about it....

Remember--it was apparently never an ish with Malden or he would have had it fixed eons ago..

Zach Trenholm