Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gaga Ooh La La

Hey guys, this week the topic in illustration class was caricatures, one of my favorites. The hardest part was finding someone to draw, there are so many heroes, villains and hedonists out there who'd make brilliant subject matters.

I chose Lady Gaga because she's so unmistakeably recognizable and has a long and prolific future in pop music. She's also someone I definitely wanted to include in my folio because regardless of your music tastes, there are very few people who are unfamiliar with her.

This portrait was done with charcoal because it gives a brilliant, thick, black eyeliner effect. It also allows room for really soft smudging ideal for cheek bones and eye shadow. A copious amount of makeup is definitely something I associate her with.

So you can see the deep shadows above her eyelid and the thick black Italian eyebrow. I really would've liked to put more emphasis on her nose because it's so distinctive but it proves a little difficult when you're doing a front on shot. I didn't like the hair in this one, it looked like a heavy blob with no real form. Definitely not Gaga hair. I drew another hairstyle with a bit more direction.

Then it was time to give her the legendary telephone headpiece, done in the exact same way as above but here I've coloured it on Photoshop.

The costume features in her latest video, Telephone, with Beyonce, it runs for about 9 minutes, it's practically a short film. I can confidently say that it's one of the best film clips from the last decade.

All that was needed was some layering and colouring. Once the piece were put together, it was good to go. Here's the final product.

I posted this to Gaga's twitter account, no response yet but apparently she's good with getting back to people :P

I'll let you guys know.


  1. Hey,
    I love the expression you gave her, especially the mouth - it looks so much like her! (which is obviously the point)

    I'm at Monash too. 2nd year and saw your book cover design.

    Hope Gaga gets back to you soon!


  2. Hey Natalie,

    Thanks heaps, I'm glad you like it :) And the book cover is one of my favorite things I've done, did Ned show you that?

  3. Yep, Ned showed us. He took the book cover design rotation for graphic studio this year.