He’s Quite the Character

Aug 03

He’s Quite the Character

Prismacolor intern, Samantha is back! This time with an interview with character artist, Mac Garcia!

Growing up in Houston, Texas, artist Mac Garcia always loved to draw-perhaps too much for it landed him in detention quite often. Luckily for him, however, his mother suggested he put his knack for drawing to good use and work as a caricature artist at Six Flags during high school summer break. Mac considers this some of the best advice he ever received. Since then, he now does custom & event caricatures on a full time basis & is a memberof the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists).

Often finding inspiration from music, Mac explains that some faces he draws relate to a specific genre,which helps capture the mood of the caricature. Then again, sometimes his crying children “add some spice to it.” He’s a true believer that art is everywhere, and disagrees with the old saying, “You either have it or you don’t.” Mac explains, “even the business man has to match a tie every morning, the soccer mom paints with her make-up and don’t forget the little ones with their food sculptures.” Let’s get to know Mac a little better, shall we?

Can you tell us about
your “process” for creating a new collection or piece?

I first study the face for small hidden features that stand out from the ordinary face. I then formulate the exaggerations in light of each features relationship to each other to create the likeness. In most cases I only have 5 minutes for each caricature so I study the face for the sketch as they are walking up.

What’s your favorite part
of this creative process?

Showing the subject their caricature and hearing them say, “That doesn’t look like me.” Then hearing everyone around them say, “It looks exactly like you!” because I exaggerated the truth. I also have a lot of fun drawing men as they don’t really care about the amount of exaggeration I apply, so I give them no mercy. The ladies, on the other hand, I draw nicer than they already are. I’m not trying to get killed here!

What Prismacolor
products do you use and do you have any tricks for that particular medium?

I use the Prismacolor Kneaded Rubber Eraser, Colored Pencils, and Art Stix. I have been using them since middle school when I quit the band to join the art class. My teachers taught me a trick that I still use today. I start with the dark colors first then work my way up to the lighter ones then lastly blend all them together with the white color.

What advice would you
give to aspiring artists or best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I could give would be to 1) Join the ISCA (caricature.org). They will turn you into a caricature machine. 2) Study “The Mad Art of Caricature!” book by Tom Richmond (the Mad Magazine artist). It’s the only book a starting artist needs to learn how to master in the art of caricature. It would have saved me years of pain and frustration if I had this book 13 years ago.

Favorite Prismcolor

The black Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencil. If they are ever discontinued I’m going to quit!

Finish this sentence: “ I am…” a caricaturing Prismacolor-aholic.

To see more of Mac’s art, you can visit his website at macgarcia.com or become a fan on facebook!


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