Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Funny Celebrity Caricatures by David O’Keefe

George Bush

Nicole Kidman

Alice Cooper

Bill Murray


Billy Crystal

Bill Murray

Brittney Spears

Clint Eastwood

Clinton in the flesh

David Crosby's baby

Ed Rendell

California Recall Election

Elton John


Jerry Seinfeld

Mel Brooks


Sheryl Crow

Tom Hanks



Texas Monthly


Al Gore

When asked by his high school guidance counselor in the tenth grade what career he would like to pursue upon graduation, David O’Keefe simply replied, “artist.”

"That’s great, but what do you want to do for a career?" the counselor implored.

The following year, same scenario. Again David answered the counselor’s question: "I want to be an artist." The counselor rolled his eyes and suggested perhaps he should consider insurance sales or drafting.

Senior year, when called to the same counselor’s office for advising, David was prepared to answer the inevitable question. "So do you still want to be an artist?" the exasperated counselor asked.

"No, I want to be a guidance counselor." He was sent back to class and not bothered about the matter again."

Since that time, O’Keefe has lived with a sketchbook in his hand. He began his art career as a promotion artist at The Tampa Tribune, dabbled in editorial cartooning under mentor Wayne Stayskal, and later went on to become a News Artist. He is currently employed as a Special Projects Illustrator for the Tribune.

His sardonic caricatures and humorous illustrations have won numerous awards from many organizations, including The Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), American Illustration, Communication Arts, National Headliner Awards, Dimensional Illustrators, Art Director’s Club of NYC, and the Society of News Design.

In the mid-1980s, O’Keefe began experimenting with sculpting his caricatures and illustrations. With much practice and the advent of computer imaging software, he adapted this medium to deadline illustration. His sculpted illustrations are his most recognizable and have appeared on the covers of major publications such a Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Mad Magazine, and The Village Voice. He has also had several illustrations appear in TIME. His advertising work includes clients such as Coca-Cola, WaffleHouse, Fuji and SunCom Communications.

David O’Keefe loves the profession he’s chosen. He just wants to thank his guidance counselor for helping him clarify his choice. He considers himself blessed to pursue his dream and finds great joy in his family. O’Keefe resides in Brandon, Florida with his wife, Janice and their four children.

Source: davidokeefe
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Anonymous said...

Many of these are almost TOO MUCH caricature. I am aware that caricature involves exaggeration of features. Nevertheless, some of these features are so exaggerated that I would not have recognized them if it were not for the caption.

Anonymous said...

I'm REALLY curious what his impression / creation of Mick Jagger would look like... hmmm... makes you think...

Anonymous said...

The last one, to me, looked more like Sly Stallone...
But they all look great. I especially liked Bill Murray and the Beatles...

Anonymous said...

I love these! Especially the Bush ones, the Bill Murray ones, and that Jerry Sienfeld one. So funny.

Katie Brewer said...

Hilarious i think u should do a Keith Urba one!!lol But yea those are funny!

Anonymous said...

That's talent us normal folks just don't have! Very, Very neat stuff.
ow about Ronald Reagan! Love the Clinton in the Flesh,

Anonymous said...

These all animation picture is very beautiful............

Tamil Actor vijay

Anonymous said...

There are really funny and very stuff and very very very funny..............

Tamil Actor ajith

Anonymous said...

He has turned some of his art into puzzles. check out this one:

joolyn said...

Really funny. Love the Crosby's baby. My favourite :)



Adam Christ said...

Your artwork is great! I love the Al Gore, is it all wood? What type of material are you using for your sculptures? It looks like the clay that air dries. You da man!

Lan said...

Interesting but he's really bad with women...didn't see one decent likeness.

Anonymous said...

@lan i disagree, the nicole kidman one is dead on.