Pulling and stretching your caricatures is a lot
of fun. Fun for you - the artist, but maybe not so much
fun for the subject of your drawing. Let's go back to
the definition of a caricature:
car-i-ca-ture (care-E-kah-chur, -chr) n.
1. A representation, especially pictorial or literary,
in which the subject's distinctive features or
peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a
comic or grotesque effect.
ok, sure. But not a lot of
people I know want a "grotesque" picture of them. What
the above definition lacks is "...exaggerated to produce
a fun, silly, or cute effect, or a comic or
grotesque effect". Most people would rather have a fun
or silly caricature of themselves or a loved one rather
than a grotesque caricature. So how can both you have
fun drawing the caricature as well as please your
Many times dudes don't really mind if you mess them up a
bit in the drawing. But kids, both boys and girls and
almost all girls and women want to be cute and not goofy
or grotesque in the caricature. The key to making
females and kids cute is to draw your subject younger
than they are. Make you subject "baby-faced".
Caricaturing a baby
When we draw a baby there are certain things you can
do to make the baby cute - even cuter than the baby is
in real life. When drawing a baby:
that the baby's head is pretty round. When you draw a
caricature of a baby, make the head very round.
babies have short, button-like noses - make the nose
even shorter and more button-like. Draw the baby's eyes
first, then draw the nose almost in between the eyes.
Just a little lower than the eyes, really. The lower on
the face you put the nose, the older the baby will look.
you draw the eyes - draw them larger than they appear.
Cuteness often starts with large eyes.
have almost no chin. Draw the chin very close to the
bottom of the mouth. The longer you make the chin, the
older the baby will look.
the forehead larger than it appears. Babies often have
large foreheads, so make the forehead even larger to
heighten the Cute factor.
The above tricks to make a
baby more cute in the caricature can also be applied to
any subject that you want to make look more cute. Women
and girls will appreciate you making them look more
When drawing kids and women:
first thing you should try is to make the eyes larger
than they appear. A cute kid is going to have BIG eyes,
so draw their eyes bigger than they are. Eyes, however,
are very important to the likeness, so draw their eyes,
but draw them better than they look in real life.
the nose shorter and smaller than it appears on your
subject. This is because as you age your nose gets
larger and longer. So if you draw a younger looking
nose, the whole face will look younger. Baby noses are
very short and small. So if you are drawing a baby, put
the nose just a little below being between the eyes.
the forehead slightly larger than it appears on your
subject. Because younger children have larger foreheads
than older people.
rounder, chubbier cheeks, and if you can totally
eliminate the cheekbone, try that.
the chin smaller than it is. Babies and young kids have
pretty small chins.
girls, make their hair fuller than it appears on your
subject. I'm not saying make all girls have Rapunzel-like
hair - if they have short hair, make it short, but
fuller. If they do have long hair, I bet they'd like it
more wavy if it's pretty straight. But you still should
make the hair look like their hair - just better.