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How to Draw Caricatures

Master the fine art of drawing parodies, including poses and expressions!

How to Draw Caricatures

Martin Pope

Format: Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781600583001
Illustrations: 150
Size: 8.75 x 11.67
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Jan. 1, 2013
Price: $19.95
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In How to Draw Caricatures, readers will learn to master the art of what makes a person "caricaturistic."  Topics include exaggerating proportions and facial characteristics, understanding proportion, and drawing gestures. The book also instructs readers how to create expressions from memory, draw caricatures in profile, render body types and features, and much more. Filled with practical advice and celebrity examples including Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, John Lennon, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Meryl Streep, Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, and Angelina Jolie, this book is a must-have for anyone wanting to improve their skills and learn this amusing art form.

Martin Pope was born in Singapore in 1958 and has lived in the UK since 1966. Always artistically creative, Martin started drawing recognizable caricatures from the age of 12. Now he is an established freelance illustrator, receiving regular commissions from large corporations, such as JP Morgan, Sony and the Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as in-house and national magazines. Drawing caricatures remains his main love and occupation.
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Tools & Materials
Observation & Recognition
The Face Base
Proportions of the Head
Facial Features
Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Faces
The Features in Detail
Sourcing Reference Images
Caricaturing from Memory
Caricature Positions
Caricature by Head Shape
Body Proportions
Props & Clothing
Caricature Extremes
Different Styles & Techniques
Color Rendering
Using Computer Technology
Caricaturing from Life
About the Author
The word “caricature” essentially means “loaded portrait”—in other words, it’s a portrait that focuses on the subject’s unique facial features and loads, or exaggerates, them. The degree of exaggeration is a matter of choice; every caricaturist has their own style, some pushing things to extremes and others being very subtle.

Can anyone learn to caricature? I believe so, but if you feel you have little drawing ability I recommend you read a good book on basic drawing skills before attempting the techniques detailed here. Drawn well, caricatures are not only entertaining to others, but they are also hugely rewarding to you as their creator. They are great fun to do and are an ideal creative outlet for budding and experienced artists alike.