Project Excelsior 1968: Turning a Yearbook into Cartoons

In his project "Excelsior 1968", John Martz of Robot Johnny turned the photographs of every single person in his mother's 1968 Toronto High School yearbook into cartoons:

Last year I redrew my mother’s entire high school yearbook from 1968—over a thousand heads. Good cartooning, to me, is all about simplification, and this was a fun experiment in distilling each person’s likeness down to a simple cartoon version and learning to draw efficiently, with both speed and as few details as possible.

Link: Flickr Gallery | You can also buy the project in book form - via Laughing Squid


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The art teacher at my highschool designed a tshirt for each graduation class with our senior pictures turned into small caricatures just like these.
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