New 'Oscars' illustration for the Union-Tribune
Friday, February 17, 2012, 10:49 AM - Caricatures
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It's that time of year again where critics and publications are making their predictions for the Academy Awards. So the San Diego Union-Tribune
once again asked me to do an Oscar-themed illustration for the cover of the Night and Day Weekend section. The composition was left up entirely to me. But unlike last year's illustration, which only showed the critic's choice for the best actor and actress, I wanted to include all of the major contenders for the Best Picture Oscar itself. And with the limited time I had to work on it, I needed a way to represent the films as a whole, in a simple way, and not make it look like I was focusing on just the actors.
In order to avoid having to draw and paint full bodies or complicated backgrounds, I came up with the picture frame idea, with Oscar himself playing the role of the critical viewer in a gallery or museum who is contemplating his choices. And each gold frame has elements which reference each nominated film in some small way. I kept the frame for "The Help" simple because it seemed appropriate that a movie about domestic workers have a less fancy frame. Still though, this illustration ended up being quite an exercise in rendering shiny gold surfaces.
And I'm so happy I finally got a chance to caricature Owen Wilson. What a weird schnoz!
This was done entirely in Photoshop.
And here's a larger version, without the copy.