If you have a face, caricature artist Brooke Howell wants to draw it
|"Dalai Lama," by Brooke Howell|
I've gone to an international convention and competition five or six times, where about 250 artists compete, and we all draw each other for three or four days. Then we hang up all of our drawing and judge each other based on certain criteria. I've been drawn probably 100 times, and I keep them all. Caricature artists are not afraid to make fun of other artists, so I've definitely developed a thick skin.
What feature is emphasized in caricatures of you?
I have a pretty long upper lip, and that sounds trivial, but that's the difference that will make or break a caricature of me. I also have a pretty triangular nose, from any angle, so those are the two things of me you have to get to draw a good caricature.
Great. I think the thing that sets *LoL* Company apart is that it's the only walk-up caricature stand in Denver -- you don't have to pay admissions to get to us. Sometimes caricature drawing is looked down upon as a low brow art, but it's really starting to be recognized as a legitimate art form. There are people who do acrylic, oil, and now sculptures, and most of the artists I meet at the convention I go to, aren't just quick sketch artist, they are serious fine artists, myself included.
When I started this stand, I wanted to show the world that we're legitimate and we're really good. And I really wanted to have the best artists, like Ben and Mike. We just opened on weekends this month and we've already had people coming back to get caricatures, who came last year. A lot of people recognize the quality and say, "Wow, you guys really make these look like the person, and they're really good." And we really pride ourselves on that.
*Lol* Caricature Company's grand re-opening runs Friday through Sunday, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., at the Glenarm block of the 16th Street Mall. For more information, or to contact Howell, visit *LoL* Caricature Company's Facebook page.