Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Suzie Sequin caricature

Last month the super cute Suzie Sequin approached me about creating a caricature for her burlesque act. I was very excited as I knew that Miss Sequin had all the components I love to work with when drawing; long luxurious hair, red lips and kick ass costumes!

My business is all about celebrating femininty. I love to work with theatrical concepts and showy pieces. Suzie has a broad range of acts from the exotic red roses and love hearts she wears during classic routines right through to a Marilyn Monroe tribute act where Marilyn shows off more than just her love of diamonds!

Suzie wanted a caricature which combined both her classic burlesque and Marilyn inspired act. I began by thinking how the two characters could work in one image and I suddenly remembered the famous photo of Marilyn with Jane Russell used to promote Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

I liked this back to back idea with the girls both leaning outwards from eachother, giving them a fun over the shoulder pose which invites the viewer into the image. I then penciled out my idea for Suzie's picture. The most time consuming part was making sure I captured Suzie's essence in the caricatures features and form.

Once happy with the final look I outlined the piece in ink. I gave the work a slightly tattoo/showgirl feel which I felt suited the subject matter. This is burlesque after all and the key is variety!

To find out more about Suzie Sequin go to www.myspace.com/misssuziesequin

If you are interested in getting your own burlesque/glamour caricature designed especially for you or even as a gift for a loved one please contact me!

To see more examples of my caricature and portrait work go to my website and click 'other projects', or click HERE


RHCarpenter said...

How fun! Love how you came up with this one. All your work makes me smile and you're right - celebrating fems in all their incarnations!

Gemma Parker said...

Thanks so much!***