A journey through the caricatures on David Boudreau’s website leave many in awe.
David Boudreau works primarily as an animator for the film and TV industry but on some evenings he directs his creativity to other outlets.
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Visitors see Christopher Walken with pursed lips, high cheekbones and a mane combed back from a towering brow.
There’s David Suzuki with his salt and pepper hair, his humorous and inquisitive expression caught perfectly in the sketch.
The bullet-shaped head of Bruce Willis is tilted ever so slightly in a cocky and suspicious pose.
Boudreau, interviewed last month during a stay with his parents in Arcadia, plans on returning to Los Angeles after “chilling out” for a while.
Employed in the animation business for over 20 years, he refers to the caricatures he began creating two years ago, as a nighttime hobby.
The first feature film he helped animate was Fern Gully. He also did character design on Jim Henson’s Dog City, and An American Tail, the Fievel Goes West series and the Lion and the Lamb.
For the last few years he’s worked as an animator for major studios, such as Disney, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks. His latest project was with the animated sitcom, Family Guy.
Artist Frank Boudreau, David’s father, says his son was always more interested in what went on behind the scenes as opposed to what was broadcast on TV.
“I’m talking seven or eight-years-old. He was always doodling, always drawing,” he said.
People may wonder - What goes on in the mind of a caricature artist?
David Boudreau says he tries to find people with unique faces because those are the most fun.
“People with boring faces are extremely challenging because you’re trying to exaggerate features that are very bland,” he said.
“The more recognizable ones, you start by exaggerating the shapes of their faces picking out the most predominate features of their face and going from there.”
He says the most popular caricature he’s drawn is Jim Henson. He refers to it as his “Mona Lisa.”
Jason Segel, an actor in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the 2011 feature film The Muppets, purchased the largest print size of that caricature.
Actor Don Cheadle uses a Boudreau drawing of him for his Twitter profile.
“He’s tweeted about me. I’m slowly getting my name out,” said Boudreau, who sells his prints from $20 for an 8 x 10, to over $100 for poster size.
Click here to visit Boudreau’s website.