Printer Friendly - Sardi's Caricatures


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2014-08-16 08:51:44


After viewing some of the most recent Sardi's Caricatures, especially Neil Patrick Harris, is it me, or are they not very good? Whenever I see an artist doing caricatures on the street, I tend to notice what they have drawn vs their model. Most, if not all have a very good likeness. I had one done several years ago, at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is extremely good. I just don't see the same likeness with the "professional".



Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Alix 2014-08-16 09:00:32


I was literally JUST saying the same thing to my sister when I saw this pop up--ha! Yeah, some of the newer ones don't really look like caricatures to me, just sort of cartoony, not particularly attractive portraits. Caricatures would typically accentuate one or more of the subject's features, which many older Sardi's caricatures do....

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Kad 2014-08-16 10:02:22


I thought it was very nice how everyone pretended like NPH was given a caricature of him rather than some stranger.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Wilmingtom 2014-08-16 14:21:41


The old charicatures by Alex Guard and Don Bevan are wonderful at capturing the distinct personalities of the subjects. The more recent ones by Richard Baratz, not so much.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2014-08-16 14:59:15


The Bevan ones are the best. It's immediately evident who the person was just looking at it, whereas with the more recent ones it's only a vague resemblance (and not even caricatured).

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2014-08-16 15:20:15


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by JBroadway 2014-08-16 15:41:45


^Ones of the craziest is Paul Rudd's. I NEVER would have known it was a portrait of Paul Rudd without seeing him next to it.

I was just having a conversation about this last night. The recent ones have all been so dreadful! I'm genuinely shocked that nobody has complained to them, and that they themselves haven't noticed the dreadful quality of the work. I feel genuinely bad for all the actors who have to stand in front of photographers pretend like their portrait is good.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2014-08-16 16:34:27


Boy, that doesn't look anything like Paul Rudd. Followspot, is that Cyndi Lauper? If it is, her's is even worse.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2014-08-16 16:35:04



Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by JBroadway 2014-08-16 19:13:15


The current artist is seems to think that everybody's noses are smaller than they are. Maybe it's a stylistic choice? If so, it's a bad one.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by SporkGoddess 2014-08-16 20:41:01


This has actually been discussed a lot here. A lot of people (myself included) don't think that the artist is very good.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gleek4114 2014-08-16 22:21:02


Cyndi Lauper's looks like Bernadette Peters from Annie!

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by SweetLips 2014-08-16 22:36:16


Caricatures---certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to creat a comic or grotesque effect.
Where is that with NPH or other recent ones ? Take the real person away from next to the pic.and you would have no idea who it is supposed to be.
Shame Sardi's.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Playbilly 2014-08-16 23:15:04


Don't get me started! If I was Norm, I'd say, "Don't put that up!" THEY SUCK! The guy doing the space art on 47th street could do better.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by The Josh 2014-08-17 03:14:42


I guess no one told them that Norm Lewis is black!

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Patash 2014-08-17 08:29:17


gleek4114, you beat me to it. I was going to ask why Cyndi Lauper is holding a picture of Bernadette Peters.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2014-08-17 09:21:15


For the same reason that Norm Lewis is holding a picture of Elliot Gould.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by D2 2014-08-17 09:43:53


I love you, Reg.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Kad 2014-08-17 10:40:14


I thought Cyndi Lauper was holding up a portrait of Hedwig.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2014-11-13 23:15:34


????

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2014-11-13 23:19:44


WOW that's a lousy likeness.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by mamaleh 2014-11-14 00:57:54


I don't have a photo at the ready, but I remember thinking that Hugh Jackman's so-called likeness at Sardi's resembled "90201" star Luke Perry more than HJ.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by jo 2014-11-14 05:55:14


[img]

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2015-01-21 10:08:23


That caricature of Sting is terrible.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by JBroadway 2015-01-21 10:19:18


Of course it is. All of the recent caricatures have been disgracefully bad.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Tag 2015-01-24 18:29:18



Well you'll never be able to guess who this is

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by promisespromises2 2015-01-24 18:39:45


^I just saw that. And it makes me mad as hell. Looks NOTHING like her.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Hairspray0901 2015-01-24 18:42:18


I don't think that looks ANYTHING like Jessie! I couldn't believe when I saw the article. Damn shame.

As for recent ones, I noticed Judy McLane's looks pretty similar but other that, everything else is pretty poor.



resembles this headshot of her: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/440579955840131072/u9RmyWsQ.jpeg

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2015-01-25 01:12:29


Lordy they just keep getting worse!

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2015-03-29 09:15:51


Sienna Miller, smiling gamely

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2015-03-29 20:45:02


What are they even doing? The face is so long... more like Sarah Jessica Parker or Celine Dion. It's not like drawing caricatures on the boardwalk. If you mess up, just start over.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gypsy101 2015-03-29 21:06:31


Oh my god the one of NPH is positively dreadful. They used to actually resemble the people, what happened??

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Tag 2015-03-29 21:17:41


^Really?! His is actually one of the better ones. You can tell who it's supposed to be.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gypsy101 2015-03-29 22:03:02


You can tell that it's kind of supposed to be him, but it's not good.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by atuomala 2015-03-30 01:15:14


These are not caricatures. They don't even make for good portraits because the likeliness is so poor. I was Justin 'Squigs' Robertson was doing the Sardi's caricatures. I love his work.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by atuomala 2015-03-30 01:16:40


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Tag 2015-04-29 11:58:24


Elizabeth Moss holding a caricature of Nicole Kidman.


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by TotallyEffed 2015-04-29 12:04:42


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by NJ_BroadwayGirl 2015-04-29 12:07:34


"Elizabeth Moss holding a caricature of Nicole Kidman. "


 Haha! Spot on! Someone posted a picture on Instagram mostly to laud her inscription, "This is for Wendy, my heroine for the 21st," which is lovely, but all I could think of was nice drawing, I guess I never realized Elisabeth Moss looked like that.


 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gmhots 2015-04-29 13:36:52


Natalie Morales?


Random brunette sorority girl?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2015-04-29 14:58:03


For real though, Sutton Foster... what are they even doing?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by NJ_BroadwayGirl 2015-04-29 15:39:59


"These are not caricatures. They don't even make for good portraits because the likeliness is so poor. I was Justin 'Squigs' Robertson was doing the Sardi's caricatures. I love his work."


Amen! They aren't caricatures OR portraits. If the artist isn't going to do the exaggerated caricature style, at least draw something that actually looks like the person.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Tom5 2015-04-29 20:27:45


Exactly. Neither. There's a guy who works from a bench outside the Central Park Zoo who would be worth looking up. But I doubt he has the proper "connections".

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by theatreguy12 2015-04-29 20:49:32


I thought Lauper was holding up a picture of Dolly Parton.  A not-so-great caricature of Dolly Parton, but one nonetheless.  First thing I thought was Nine to Five.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2015-05-08 11:14:20


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by vfd88 2015-05-08 12:20:35


Paul Rudd's looks more like Jonathan Groff!

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Kad 2015-05-08 12:22:20


Why is Bradley Cooper holding a picture of Clay Aiken?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by vfd88 2015-05-08 12:25:30


I've never been to Sardi's, do the portraits have a little description saying who it's supposed to be?  Or is it some sad game of "Guess Who?" that no one ever wins?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by MaddieBB12 2015-05-08 12:53:36


^I  don't think so, but all the stars sign the portraits so if you can read or recognize the signature, that's your answer. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2015-05-08 13:30:55


"Why is Bradley Cooper holding a picture of Clay Aiken?"


I see a little James Marsden in there. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by skies 2015-05-08 20:22:55


Clay Aiken pumped full of botox

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by NJ_BroadwayGirl 2015-05-08 21:25:40


They should give a Tony for best positive reaction to receiving an illustration that looks nothing like you (nor is it a caricature).


 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Broadway Bob* 2015-05-08 21:49:21


I thought Cyndi Lauper was holding a drawing of Varla Jean merman!!!

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by PattyO'Furniture 2015-05-08 22:17:07


"They should give a Tony for best positive reaction to receiving an illustration that looks nothing like you (nor is it a caricature).
 "


 ^Yes!  

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by karen24 2015-08-05 11:33:47


Tony Yazbeck just got his caricature - is it wishful thinking on my part, or is this one actually not too bad? (Sorry, I can't seem to insert a picture, so I'll give the link.)


Photo Coverage: A Helluva Guy- ON THE TOWN's Tony Yazbeck Honored with Sardi's Caricature

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by neonlightsxo 2015-08-05 11:35:16


It's better than normal, but it looks like Max Von Essen.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Phillypinto 2015-08-05 11:42:36


They are just bad now. What happened to the over exaggerated features? They need to hire a new guy

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by vitamins 2015-08-05 12:13:38


One of my favorite posts from Tumblr, in reaction to the Pippin cast's caricatures was "Sardi's couldn't send an intern around the corner to staples to buy a brown crayon?"


 


In walking around the restaurant, it's obvious that the old caricatures are fabulous. Truly works of art. Especially the very old ones from the 30s and 40s. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by boogienights 2015-08-05 12:20:13


Was just talking to my friend about how mediocre the portraits are becoming! 


Seriously???? 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Phillypinto 2015-08-05 12:27:58


Lol I don't even think Kelli's is that bad  I've seen much worse lol

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by CindersGolightly 2015-08-05 12:35:18




Annaleigh Ashford poses with a brown eyed Brittany Snow "caricature"?


This one isn't actually horrible. At least it's not Sutton's. What did they do, look at a picture of Lucy Liu and say "close enough"?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2015-08-05 13:42:37


WHY ON EARTH would they do Kelli's as if she was caught in a wind tunnel??? Ashford's pose is strange to0.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2015-08-05 17:13:52


"Tony Yazbeck just got his caricature - is it wishful thinking on my part, or is this one actually not too bad? (Sorry, I can't seem to insert a picture, so I'll give the link.)"


It is better but still bad. The proportions are off and his eyes are positioned weirdly. I see Max von Essen + Brian d'Arcy James.


I think Kelli's might be based on her headshot. I feel like I've seen that pose before. It's truly awful though if he drew it based on a still photo and it's still that inaccurate.


 


Now most of these performers are gorgeous. I wouldn't even call them "character" actors in a slightly disparaging way. But instead of playing up what makes them unique, these caricatures flatten them out into generic looking vaguely attractive people. Honestly, walk a few blocks out from Sardi's and the caricaturists in Times Square could probably do a better job.


 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gleek4114 2015-08-05 18:21:23


Kelli's looks like a fans drawing of Olivia Newton John in Xanadu. Oy. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2015-08-05 20:33:26


Yep it's undoubtedly based on this shot:



 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr. Nowack 2015-08-05 20:39:21


And Annaleigh's:


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2015-08-05 21:40:36


Maybe it's a game.  Annaleigh got Sienna Miller's, and Sienna got.... um... ??


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by chewy5000 2015-08-06 04:01:13


Jennifer Aniston's, perhaps?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by justoldbill 2015-08-06 11:11:44


I've been told the food there isn't what it used to be, either.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Phillypinto 2015-08-13 17:25:51


I think Christian's looks pretty good actually. Thoughts?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Showface 2015-08-13 17:28:58


"I think Christian's looks pretty good actually. Thoughts?

 

These are supposed to be caricatures! All I see is fanart.

They could have really had fun with Borle too

 

 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Mr Roxy 2015-08-13 17:30:47


 They are supposed to be caricatures & not real paintings. This is the idea behind it.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Phillypinto 2015-08-13 17:32:18


no you're right, but considering they have been trying to get them to look accurate, and have been making them unrecognizable recently, i don't think this is that bad

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by seahag2 2015-08-13 17:34:30


At this point the pictures aren't caricatures or even just nice portraits. It's amateur fan art. They need to hire someone who does caricatures at theme parks or on downtown strips. Those are true to the style.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2015-08-13 17:38:38


"I think Christian's looks pretty good actually. Thoughts?"

That looks more like Jason Danieley (and not really much like him either). Why so serious? And why in God's name is he blond?

I've seen some realistic portrait-style fan art and it's a lot better than this. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by AEA AGMA SM 2015-08-13 20:38:36


Well, they couldn't lighten his skin anymore (seriously, look at anyone who's not lily white and you'll notice that they lighten their skin tone at least several shades) so they decided to lighten his hair.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by tazber 2015-08-13 20:46:41


All I see is Chris Pine.

Or Robert Pattinson.

 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2016-06-01 09:55:00


Jane Krakowski's caricature is awful.  They really need another artist.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Hairspray0901 2016-06-01 10:04:56


Lin's wasn't so hot either: http://www.newyork.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lin-manuel-miranda-sardis_650.jpg

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2017-05-14 08:40:08


Bumping this thread.  Have you seen Laura Osnes caricature?  Hers is not as bad as most of the others. ( Although it makes her look older)  She is a beautiful woman with gorgeous eyes.  The eyes on her caricature look so odd. Maybe if the artist had not made them bright blue.  Something about it is off to me.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by yankeefan7 2017-05-14 09:37:35


"I've been told the food there isn't what it used to be, either."

I went back there for the first time in many years and I was disappointed with the food and the service. It is a shame because the place has special memory for me because it was where I took my wife on our first date.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Stage Door Sally 2017-05-14 09:53:13


Prosecco + Baked Alaska + Caricatures = A good time at Sardi's

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2017-05-14 14:21:29


It looks a tiny bit like Sherie Renee Scott and Emily Skinner got morphed into the Laura Osnes face. And also a little bit botoxed. But all things considered, it's more accurate than a lot of those caricatures lately. I don't know why they went with such a serious expression. It seems like the artist put all his effort into the hair.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by gypsy101 2017-05-14 15:24:48


ugh looking back at this thread just makes me sad. why is whoever is responsible for these "caricatures" still employed??

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2017-06-02 19:56:38


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by followspot 2017-06-02 20:01:20


Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by Steve C. 2017-06-02 20:29:12


Since there are so many "fans", I was scrolling through Audience Rewards merch to see what I can get with my bajillion points and guess what? You can get your very own Sardi's caricature illustrated by the "Famous" Sardi's artist...for 100,000 reward points. I think I'll pass.

There are noticeable "artistic interpretations" today that differ from the older ones, but if it was me, I'd be thrilled for the honor of this tradition. Seeing AK's debut on the wall this week is terrific. I thought he got one for Rocky but guess not; I still think he stole the show in both Drood and 20th Century, so I'm glad he's finally there. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by 10086Sundays 2017-06-02 20:36:42


Andy's portrait looks like a sketch artist's approximation of Iain Armitage as an adult.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2017-06-02 22:45:54


It looks nothing like Andy Karl and yet I can see elements. The hairline, the chin (kind of), the lips (sort of... but they're too full, the nose (sort of... but it's too thin and the shape of the tip is off)... but the eyes are completely wrong. It's not like the person doing this caricatures is actually on the street. There's no time limit. Can't he start again when he knows it doesn't look like the person or is he only allowed one try?

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by ArtMan 2017-06-02 22:58:47


I think the problem is that the artist really thinks his finished product looks like the subject.  In his mind...he doesn't need to start over.  He should read this thread for a wake up call.

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by leighmiserables 2017-06-02 23:01:58


Josh Groban got his today. It actually isn't terrible at all, hopefully the artist is on an upward trend... 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by VintageSnarker 2017-06-03 00:16:17


Still a little wonky but all things considered, I'll take it. Of the newer ones, I think I'd rank it above the Lin Manuel Miranda caricature with its weird kissable lips. Did the same artist do Of Mice and Men? Those weren't too bad. This portrait of Josh feels like it's heading back in that direction. 

Sardi's Caricatures
Posted by PatrickDC 2017-06-03 02:37:57


followspot said: "

"

Love Andy's expression, like "Who the F is this supposed to be?!" LOL