Here is a progression of sketches of Gogol as I study his face and head toward the caricature I am aiming for. I am closer, but still not quite there yet. Still, I like these. The main challenge was his hair. Gogol was quite the dandy, and had really gorgeous hair that he seems to have been proud of. Honestly, he could have modeled for Clairol or L’Oreal. But he died long before those companies could have offered him the gig. Oh well. He gave us genius works of literature instead.
These sketches are in preparation for my adaptation of The Nose. That will appear later this month.