Process Piece: Holden Henry pt. 2

My second post has come along with the initial sketch of the Audrey caricature. Initially, I picked Audrey because a few days before this piece came to be, I watched “Dirty Grandpa” which inspired me to draw her despite being really dumb and not worth being watched. Regardless, what I found to be significant with Audrey Plaza was her large eyes, crooked smile, and pinched nose. These aspects led me to draw her as though she was up to no good. With portraits, I don’t think too much about what the final product will look like. I just pull up a number of photo references with different angles and expressions to base my work off of.
I typically use a No. 2 Dixon Ticonderoga pencil to begin. This allows my first lines to be light which I then follow with a slightly larger Prang Sketching 6B pencil for bolder lines. When I am sketching, I draw a rough shape of the head, making some features more prominent than others so that adjustments can be made later. Because I am right handed, the left eye is drawn first, then the bridge of the nose, and then the right eye. If the right eye is drawn first, you run the risk of the eyes appearing off balance due to the right hand covering the right eye as the left is being drawn and the reference is lost. For those who are left handed, the opposite is true. After the eyes and bridge of the nose are complete, I continue with the eyebrows, rest of the nose, and mouth. I sketch these features first because if the reverse were to be done, broadly drawing the head before the features, the features are boxed within the shape of the head which is detrimental for caricature-style art. Finally, the hair and rest of the body are added. This process takes between twenty to thirty minutes.
boxedinThe images above display the result of the head being drawn first.
idealHere, the ideal product is displayed by the process of the features and then head being drawn.


Holden Jacobi Henry is a student at UW-Parkside, soon to be majoring in graphic design. He was born in Colville, Washington and later moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin where he currently resides. After a long grind of terrible childhood drawings it finally payed off; “Sort of…there is always something to improve upon.” More of his work can be viewed on DeviantArt at and on YouTube at