You Can Caricature

You Can Caricature!                                  
by  rickzimmerman

If you’ve got the will and the desire, you can caricature! Follow along as these simple guidelines show you how you can develop your drawing talent to draw out celebrities and the famous!
First, you must observe and discern. You must study not only pictures and video of your likely caricature subject, but you must also discern the particular features, clothing, props, mannerisms and expressions that will give your eventual drawing life and identity. It is also very helpful to study the works of other caricaturists and cartoonists, to see what salient elements they glean from the celeb or historical figure.
For example, in the image of Woody
Allen shown here, I quite consciously
chose not only his signature eyeglasses, but also a fairly typical blazer over turtleneck as his wardrobe. His posture suggests his often befuddled I-can’t- explain-life demeanor, as do the raised eyebrows and wrinkled brow. Though Woody did not always sport fly-away hair, it seems in keeping with the overall posture and expression. The eyes centered squarely on the viewer draw to mind Woody’s direct monologue style, and pull the viewer into the scene.


Tough guy! by rlz

Next, the caricature of Mike Tyson (early in his career) shows another key aspect of caricaturing. Since we most often recognize celebs and historical figures first by their facial features, head shape, and headgear, it is best to enlarge those, letting the body shrink to a lesser role in the eventual drawing. Though Mike Tyson has tremendous heft throughout his entire body, especially the upper torso, here the head dominates, and the facial features control the message of the drawing.
You will also notice that I have changed the style of drawing to suit the subject. I chose to depict Mike’s head as if hewn from a block of granite, to signify his strength and immutability. I also chose to keep the arms tucked into the body, and the boxing gloves very simple, to heighten the effect of unmoving Gibraltar, upon which other fighters will be dashed.

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road! by rlz

To develop your caricaturing ability, you must also practice and experiment. Here you see an old sketch of Elton John (also rather early in his career). This is clearly a youthful Elton, back when he was prone to wearing truly outrageous stage
outfits, and had a clearly receding hairline. One can see his thin-faced exuberance and antic air. To caricature Elton today, I would have to thicken his face, add his wig, tone down the outfit and make him a bit more sober and reflective. But this sketch suited the period, and allowed me to try out different things with my
Notice the quick scribbly character of the drawing — I was literally experimenting with lines, hoping to find the right ones that would capture the personality. In developing a caricature, I might generate 20 or 30 such sketches, before I find a bit of lip or eye or hairline that suits my target. I will then keep that feature and begin working on the rest.

What’s that, Gracie? by rlz

You will find in caricature that some figures are timeless and some are ever- changing chameleons. I could have drawn the above sketch of George Burns at almost any time in his career. Madonna I would have to draw week by week. For George’s sketch, the eyeglasses, cigar and crinkly puckered smile were essential. The tux seemed a natural choice, but in this sketch, you may notice that the arms and hands seem a bit lost and out of character, as if they don’t know what they should be doing. That’s probably because when we observed George performing, we almost never saw his arms or hands (except the one holding the cigar). As a result, I had no real model to go by, so this sketch remains unfinished. But, here too, as in the Elton sketch, you can see the experimentation at play in the drawing. Don’t ever stop experimenting; the perfect line awaits in the next sketch — or the next, or the next.

I’ll Be Back! by rlz

Here the perfect line happened to be a perfect jawline! For this sketch of Ahnold, the Governator, in the waning days of his weightlifting era and the introduction of Conan the Barbarian, I felt it best to dwell on his profile. There I could best capture his unique jaw, lips, facial musculature, and youthful flow of cowlicky hair. I then subdued the body into merely a swirling mass of muscleman posturing. One can
see that this would never work today as a sketch of a suited-up state executive —
it suits only its time. For a subject such as this, the caricaturist needs to practice
his or her skills over time, capturing the subject in a variety of settings and scenes, to zero in on the identifiable essence of the person.

The gang’s all here! by rlz

One can also develop caricatures in group settings (as political caricaturists often must). Here the work is somewhat easier, because the viewer’s recognition of your subjects is aided by the common theme. For example, these are all clearly musical performers, so it’s easier to recognize Diana Ross by association, if not by immediate identification. The fact that she’s surrounded by Rod Stewart and Phil Collins and Steve Wonder and Paula Abdul and Mick Jagger and Elton John indicate that this was the royalty of pop/rock/dance music circa the late 1980s. Working on such a scene let’s you hone your caricaturing skills as well as refine your ability to ‘stage’ your personalities, and swaddle them in the proper wardrobe and props.

See Dick Run. See Spiro Run. by rlz

Finally, let’s focus on the political cartoon. The very nature of political discourse today seems to make political caricaturing a blood sport. It seems impossible to satirize or mock one’s opponent TOO much. But one tends to forget things have always been this way. Some of the most vicious visual attacks on politicos in our nation’s history actually date back to the electoral contests of the 1800s and early
1900s. By way of political nostalgia, I share with you the sketch above, which I prepared as Richard Nixon was readying his resignation speech for the Watergate cover-up, not long after his Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew resigned due to
criminal offenses. It was a brutal (and perhaps tasteless) assault on their personalities, I suppose, but no worse than their assault on our nation’s laws and executive offices. Remember, that first, last and always the aim of your caricaturing
should be a sort of whimsical recognition, if not outright humor and satire.

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This course has been a great help, although I still need loads of practice I feel that I have
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The reference photos are also a great help to those who need material to work from, I
myself preferred to use my own photos to work from as they are of more interest to me

I thought that this course would be benefit from a section on how to draw/trace the head
before you add the features. When I wrote to Christopher about this he answered promptly
and suggested ways of doing this and even sent me a video link to help me with this
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kemudian langkah berikutnya saya membuat curat coret berupa arsiran atau gradasi dengan kecepatan tapi satu arah pertama arah pensil ke kiri terus, kemudian ke kanan terus menerus sampai bawah atas bolak balik, ga tau ya hasil latihan terus menerus arsiran atau gradasi yang saya buat semakin halus dan bisa mengatur tipis tebalnya goresan sehingga epek pencahayaan makin kentara keserasianya. kalau agan bertanya pada saya bagai mana teknik latihan gradsi ya yang saya sarankan sih latihan seperti yang saya jelaskan tadi ,jangan buru buru dulu langsung ke gambar wajah, itu merupakan teknik melatih dan memetangkan kelenturan membuat gradasi, seelah agan mahir membuat arsiran yang halus saya jamin lukisan ataupun gambar sketsa wajah pasti akan menarik untuk anda sendiri, kalau anda  puas pasti yang lainpun akan puas dengan hasil karya agan ! betul ga ya gan ?

latihan yang ketiga kita mulai dengan menggunakan berbagai jenis pinsil dari HB sampai B,B, dan kalau ada pinsil konte yang halus. agan curat coret saja misal pinsil HB ke kiri pinsil B sekian ke kanan dan pinsil konte keatas bawah, kemudian pariasikan jari jari agan meliuk liuk kaya menari hehehe. oke terusnya gan latihan jangan pingin cepat cepat menggambar ke pokoknya, ya hitung hitung pemansan, kaya olah raga saja 060.

oke tip latihan yang ke empat , agan punya photo ? he he..ya punya lah pastinya, gini ya gan buat latihan saya sarankan ga usah pelit pelit buat ngerusak photo cakepmu, lho kenapa mesti dirusak mas ? ya engga lah cuma buat pemula yang lagi belajar menggambar sketsa wajah ,tekniknya begini buat photo anda di bikin garis berkotak kotak pake pinsil, kemudian garis garis berkotak juga kertas manila atau karton atau pun kertas photo yang polos sebagai media gambarnya media, ukuran antara photo dan media gambar pake skala, terserah mau pake skala berapa tergantung besar kecilnya ukuran media gambar. nah antara garis vertikal dan horizontal di beri tanda ,misalkan yang bawah garis garis itu di beri nomor 1 sampai 20 atau berapa pu asal sesuai dengan skalanya, dan media yang pinggir atau horizontalnya beri huruf a sampai z. bila suadah terbentuk metrik selanjutnya tinggal agan buat skets skets nya no 1 di photo harus sama dengan no 1 di media gambar dan huruf a juga harus sama letak garisnya dengan letak di media. bila sudah selesai skets skets nya baru keluarkan jurus jurus yang sudah di latih ketika membuat garis pagar dan latihan lainya yang sudah agan praktekan. dan coba lihat hasilnya…tralala…oke juga ya gambar pertamamu ! oke sampai disini dulu ya sheringnya lain kali saya kasih tips tips yang lainya di tunggu saja, selamat bekerja dan praktek sampai anda mahir menggambar sketsa wajah.

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Emotions are what breath life to the faces that we draw. Without them, our drawings would be dead and flat.
In order to portray emotions convincingly, we must be familiar with the facial expressions that comprise them.Realistic Portrait course DVD Box Set
How to draw people faces - joy experssionFor decades, the expressions of human emotion has been the subject of study for psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman.
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This information is tremendously useful for the artist and in my attempt to learn how to draw the face, I’ve sought out Dr. Ekman’s books.
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Emotions are typically conveyed through 2 or 3 facial areas such as the eyebrows, eyes, nose, or mouth.
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How to draw people faces - surprise experssion

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Surprise: The eyebrows are raised, the eyes are opened wide, and the jaw drops open, parting the lips. The lifting of the eyebrows produces long horizontal wrinkles across the forehead.
The important thing to remember about surprise is that the face is not tense; the upper and lower eyelids are relaxed and the mouth just hangs open without any tension. This will be important in distinguishing surprise from fear.
How to draw people faces - fear experssion
Fear: Similar to surprise, the brows are also lifted in fear. However unlike surprise, with fear, the inner corners of the brows are drawn together. This gives a more straightened appearance to the outer corners of the eyebrows.
In the fear brow there are usually horizontal wrinkles across the forehead, yet they are shorter than the ones shown in surprise. Instead, they are more concentrated in the middle.
Although both fear and surprise have widened eyes and opened mouths, the difference between the two comes down to tension. In fear, the lower eyelids are tensed and raised. While the mouth has tense lips and the corners are drawn back and down.
How to draw people faces - disgust experssion
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The nose is wrinkled causing lines to appear on the sides and bridge of the nose. The more intense the disgust, the more these wrinkles will be apparent.
How to draw people faces - anger experssion
Anger: In anger, the eyebrows are drawn down and together. This is not to be confused with fear, where the brow are drawn together and up.
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How to draw people faces - joy experssion
Joy: Joy is expressed though a smile or a laugh. The corners of the mouth are drawn back and up. This pushes the cheeks up and causes the eyes to appear smaller.
One very important feature of the smile is that there will be wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, also known as “crow’s feet”. The absent of these wrinkles are usually a very reliable sign that the smile is not genuine. This tiny detail will go along way to helping you make the drawing more realistic.
How to draw people faces - sad experssion
Sadness: The inner corners of the eyebrows are raised and may be drawn together. The inner corner of the upper eyelid is drawn up, and the lower eyelid may appear raised. The corners of the lips are drawn down, or the lips appear to tremble.
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