Now let's see if we can caricature the girl we
Let's draw her again
your lap desk out and put a sheet or two of paper on it
and get comfortable in front of your computer. Sharpen
your 5B pencil and have your eraser handy. If you'd like
to print out the photo we'll be working with go ahead.
We're going to draw our friend here again but this time
we'll try and caricature her using your new "caricature
style" of drawing.
Look at her face. What do you see
is the first thing that jumps out about her? It's
natural to look at the eyes first when you look at a
photo, but is it her eyes that jump out at you? To me,
it's her chin and her smile. The roundness of her cheeks
make her chin seem smaller than it should be. Her smile
jumps out at me because of the "classic" look of it.
When I think of a smile, this is the kind of smile I
would see. So, my caricature of her would have a
minimized chin and a smile that would turn up slightly
at the corners more than it actually does. This isn't
going to be a really wacky caricature, I'm not going
"mess her up", I'm just going to draw her as if she were
a cartoon. Fred and Daphne of Scooby-Doo fame don't look
"messed up", they just look "cartoony". That's what's
going to happen here. We'll mess people up later.
have to do more to the face to achieve the effect I'm
looking for. I already know that if I minimize the chin
and turn the smile up, it will make her nose look longer
than it should be. And in relation to her own face, she
doesn't have a long nose. So, I'm going to have to
shorten her nose to make it look right. I know you may
be wondering how I know that I'll have to do all this
without drawing it. It's experience. I've drawn a LOT of
What you may want to do instead of drawing ten thousand
caricatures to get the experience, is draw little
sketches of possible ways to caricature her. Make
several little drawings of different exaggerated facial
features and then pick the one you think may look the
most like her. Remember, It's not going to be a very
good caricature if it doesn't look like her.