Leonardo DiCaprio, six-times Oscar nominee, won his first Academy Award at the 2016 ceremony.
I heard the news of Leo's win on morning television. Having seen the film during my artist date last week, I knew that I wanted to draw a cartoon about it. I checked an article on BBC News online, searched for some images of the awards ceremony, and got to work.
Work work work. I spent a lot of time on this cartoon. Much more then I wanted to. I chose a very difficult scene to draw; a substantial section of an awards ceremony audience, a challenging angle, a caricature of Leonardo DiCaprio, and in full colour rather than black and white. Talk about making it hard for myself!
Inevitably, I overworked the image. I drew in too much detail. I slapped on the inks and layered them in an attempt to darken the shadows. The image became muddy and lost the freshness of the original drawing.
I still posted the cartoon online and shared it. While the news story was hot. Why not.
Lesson learned. Next time I'll remember to keep the overall image simple, the lines flowing, and the coloured inks in their little bottles.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.