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See The Caricature. Pretty Caricature. Think, Think, Think. Who It Is??

June 10, 2013

I did a post back in March that featured some old caricatures. I challenged readers to guess who they were, and said a prayer that people would actually recognize some of them… : )

The post was well received, and I’m happy to say there were some correct guesses. So it’s time for an encore. See if you can identify the following idiot celebrities.

Answers at end of post.

caricature of singer Bob Dylan and television talk show host, comedian, and singer Jimmy Fallon

caricature of movie star Sandra Bullock famous for role as undercover cop in beauty pageant in movie comedy Miss Congeniality

caricature of Yoko Ono and Beatle John Lennon as hippies holding flowers and late North Korean dictator and ruler Kim Jong-il who liked to play nuclear chicken

caricatures of rock musicians Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of group Steely Dan shown with deaf human ear using waxy cotton swab as cane

caricatures of American tennis stars Andy Roddick, James Blake, Robby Ginepri

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1. Singer Bob Dylan, and talk show host and comedian, Jimmy Fallon.

2. Movie star Sandra Bullock, who had a big hit as an FBI agent working undercover at a beauty pageant in the film Miss Congeniality.

3. Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011 and was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un. Like his father, young Kim seems to enjoy playing “nuclear chicken” with South Korea and the West.

4. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (L-R), core members of rock group Steely Dan. In the above drawing, they seem to have encountered a deaf ear.

5. American tennis professionals Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Robby Ginepri, circa 2004. Roddick, who once achieved a World No. 1 ranking, retired in 2012. Blake and Ginepri are still active. The caricatures were for an article which playfully cast the players as certain types: Roddick as a fashion plate; Blake as an intellectual; Ginepri as a hippie.
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Did anyone get Kim Jong-il? That one was tough, since his son, Kim Jong-un, the current ruler, sports the same distinctive haircut. OK, if you just said The North Korea Guy, you get half a point… : )

Did anyone notice the tennis ball globe? Did it make you feel kind of warm and, uh, fuzzy?

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2013 9:45 PM

    Awesome work! I got John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


    • June 11, 2013 8:38 AM

      Well done, Brandy– congrats on making the first positive ID! Good ol’ John and Yoko– they were certainly a distinctive looking couple. Many thanks for your kind comment! : )


  2. June 10, 2013 9:49 PM

    I did get Kim Jong Il!
    Scored a little less than half on the rest.


    • June 11, 2013 8:41 AM

      Whoa! Quick work, and nicely done, sir! I think that deserves at least two pickles, and I’m gonna send ’em along if I can ever get the lid off this jar!! : )

      Many thanks for your support!


  3. Mia Moravis permalink
    June 10, 2013 10:07 PM

    (Dr. C McC got Kim Jong-il!)


    • June 11, 2013 8:46 AM

      Ah! Why am I not surprised to hear it?? I suspect he’s already angling to play him in Kim Jong: The Musical, which you are no doubt hard at work writing the music for– gonna be a great show!! : )

      Thanks a heap, Mia!


  4. Monika Amita Bakshi permalink
    June 10, 2013 10:22 PM

    Awesome… Awesome… Awesome. 🙂


    • June 11, 2013 8:47 AM

      Wow. Never has one word repeated three times sounded so good!! Many thanks for that lovely comment! : )


      • Monika Amita Bakshi permalink
        June 12, 2013 11:12 AM

        Pleasure is all mine! 🙂


  5. June 11, 2013 2:23 AM

    Hey Mark, cool post! Love solving riddles 😉 Bull’s eye – Mr. Nuclear Chicken


    • June 11, 2013 9:11 AM

      A bull’s-eye?? Wow! That’s high praise coming from a comedy expert like Tutti!! Thank you very much! You’ve also given me a good idea for my lunch today: a nice nuclear chicken sandwich!! Served hot, of course, and char-broiled… : )


  6. June 11, 2013 7:50 AM

    Got half of #1, and then #2 and #3. No pickles for me.
    Where do I send those dozen donuts, sir? What’s that? Busted! See, I get notifications of your new posts, and this is what the cache quoted to me:
    “11 caricatures. Your job: identify them. If you get all eleven, you win a jar of pickles. If you miss even one, you must buy Mr. Armstrong a dozen donuts. Will you accept the challenge? Then please make sure you have some money on you and proceed…”

    So, where do I send your donuts? Krispy Kreme delivers, don’t they? What’s that? Heavenly donuts that will fill you with light? Ah yes, you remember I said I hope heaven has donuts like that, but I don’t think Krispy Kreme has them. Will jelly donuts or bismarks do?


    • June 11, 2013 3:51 PM

      Ha! You had me laughing on that one, Jak. If I’da been eatin’ a donut, I’da spit it out– close call!

      Yes, I’m going to have to have a word with the idiot who writes those foolish new post “teasers” that my subscribers receive. Pickles, donuts– he’s obviously got a screw loose. This is what happens when you delegate tasks when you’re self-employed… : P

      Sounds like you did pretty well, I’d say the pickles and donuts cancelled each other out– thanks for your very good-humored comment! : )


      • June 12, 2013 4:21 AM

        Idiot? Nawwwww… pickles and donuts are good. Maybe not together, though. Bacon and donuts, however…

        Have a word and let him persuade you. I’m starting to crave pickles and donuts already… thanks to you, too, for the great humor exchange.


  7. June 11, 2013 12:56 PM

    I only got three – Dylan, Ono/Lennon, and Kim Jong-il. Although I did know the last group were tennis players. But once I saw the answers, I could see them all perfectly! Nice job, Mark. I’m a big Steely Dan/Fagan fan, so I was a bit miffed I missed that one.


    • June 11, 2013 4:05 PM

      Three?? I’m giving you credit for four! Ono and Lennon might have only had one brain between them, but they still count as two people!! : )

      I feel kinda guilty about the tennis guys. Let’s face it: tennis guys as almost as obscure as illustrators!! : (

      You did great. Besides, you’re the only person I know who can write a chapter of her latest thriller on a mobile phone while going 100 mph on a motorcycle. Hey, they don’t call you Steely Maddie fer nuthin’!! : )


  8. June 11, 2013 2:07 PM

    It’s not your work – it is my memory! I only got three. Sandra Bullock was so great in that movie.


  9. June 12, 2013 1:01 PM

    Well done, I recognized most of them except the tennis players and I thought Fallon was Bruce Springsteen, but probably because you’ve drawn him in the past. Well done especially on Jong-Il.

    Warm and fuzzy…..snort. Hopefully the earth doesn’t get delivered by some slobbery dog…..


    • June 12, 2013 7:58 PM

      Ha! It’s about time that fuzzy remark received a good snort! And Earth trapped in a slobbering maw sounds like a great idea for a horror movie… snort #2!

      Always good to see you, Amelie, and many thanks for your good-humored comment! : )


  10. June 13, 2013 9:10 PM

    I’m not great on recognizing celebrities anywhere….except for Yoko Ono and John Lennon. I think I’m showing my age… 😀

    I’m hoping one day you’ll do a piece on culture clashes among different cyclist types: racer/roadies, mountain bikers, fixed speed hipsters, cyclists in heels and chic dresses, etc.


    • June 18, 2013 9:42 PM

      Ha! I think anyone who recognizes John and Yoko is showing their age– including yours truly! (OK, they could write songs and poetry and pose naked, but could they ride a bicycle for miles and miles? Not that I ever heard of!!)

      Clashes among different cyclist types… fascinating concept. I thought there were only two types: the ones who wore bike shorts and $75 jerseys, and everybody else, including the guys with rubber bands on their trouser legs. Cyclists in heels?? I can see I still have much to learn!

      Thanks as always, Jean, for stopping by! : )


  11. June 16, 2013 9:36 AM

    Since I know I am no good at who’s who, I am pretty proud of getting four 🙂


    • June 18, 2013 9:44 PM

      Anyone who gets four of my caricatures is doing great– especially with a bunch of ringer tennis players in there!

      Always glad to see you check in, Red– many thanks!! : )


  12. June 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    Lennon-Ono and Kim Jong-Il.

    Blake made me think of Agassi even though I knew it wasn’t.


    • June 18, 2013 9:48 PM

      Excellent! Sounds like you racked up a Give Peace A Chance Trio– and that takes some doing!! : )

      I never thought of the Blake-Agassi chrome dome connection. Nothing like a shaved head to start blurring the lines… : )

      Many thanks for the visit and your comment!


  13. June 17, 2013 8:20 PM

    Your caricatures are excellent. Without peaking at the answers, I only got Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Why I didn’t catch on to the red-faced nuke job, Kim Jong-Il, is beyond me. You are spot-on with him and the others. Great job, Mark.


    • June 18, 2013 9:52 PM

      Ah, Judy! I’m still laughing over “red-faced nuke job”– I must find a way to work that into my everyday conversation! Perhaps I’ll try ordering it at Kentucky Fried Chicken and see what I get!! : )

      Many thanks for all your kind support and good humor! : )


  14. June 22, 2013 6:42 AM

    You’re a gifted artist, kudos!


  15. SingingTuna permalink
    June 23, 2013 4:57 PM

    Haaa!! These are fabulous!
    I especially like the details, like Sandra Bullock’s gun and holster, and the hair on John Lennon’s legs…



    • July 1, 2013 8:10 AM

      Thank you, my dear Tuna! Yes, one of my great strengths as an artist is knowing that I should put hair on John Lennon’s legs, but not Sandra Bullock’s legs. It takes years to learn these things… : P

      Thank you for your wonderful comment and intensely loyal support!! : )


  16. June 28, 2013 9:01 AM

    I love Yoko Ono and John and Sandra Bullock because I was able to recognize them… but over all… they are all great caricatures… Super brilliant! 🙂 xoxo


    • July 1, 2013 8:25 AM

      Ah, my dear Dolly–! You have a great advantage when it comes to recognizing celebrities, because so many of them visit the Lemons R Us Café. The most famous one being, of course, myself… : P

      Thank you for your lovely comment and ongoing support– mmmmwahhh! : )


  17. June 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    Great work at capturing such likeness again, Mark! Last time I only got one, this time I managed to get 2 and a half (Sandra Bullock, John Lennon and Yoko Ono). As for the Kim Jong-il one, how you read my mind! I thought exactly what you wrote! : )


    • July 8, 2013 1:21 PM

      Two-and-a-half?? Nonsense– we’re giving you credit for three! I was a math major, so I know about these things… : )

      Many thanks for your kind comment, dear Fox, and it’s good to know we were in “mental sync” re the Feisty Chicken Gunslinger.

      Being in mental sync is always better than being in kitchen sink, especially if one is washing dishes… : P


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