How To Make Caricatures - Simple Things That Can Help You Learn This Skill

Caricatures are fun to look at. In fact, they are present in editorial cartoons and newspapers that they often make the person or the image more appealing even though distortions have been intentionally made in drawing the caricature.

Learning how to make caricatures can be a little challenging of course. If a person who can draw a portrait exactly as what it is in the photograph can be impressive, how much more of a person who can distort a portrait but still able to retain its identifying factors.

Indeed, despite the fact that caricatures are distorted and some features are drawn with exaggeration, you can still identify and recognize the person being drawn. That makes it very impressive for caricature artists. If you want to learn this skill, here are simple things that can help you.

- Learn to draw a portrait. A caricature starts with drawing a portrait as the caricature is basically a portrait that has been distorted but what is important in this process is to learn how to draw in proportion so that you can easily learn a style that you can later use on how to make caricatures.

Pay attention to the where you can make bold lines. Caricatures look more of a cartoon than portraits thus, you can actually make use of bold lines in making your caricatures. Use shadows as well but do not make them too dark, just enough to show the depth and define the face of your subject.

One of the elements of drawing a caricature is learning how to exaggerate or distort your drawing without losing the identifying marks of the image.

Determine the identifying features of the face that you are trying to exaggerate. If you are making a caricature of someone, try to look at the picture and identify what features of the face jumps at you. It can be a double chin, round eyes or a distinct smile. With these features in mind, you can then try to exaggerate the different parts of a subject's face to get a good caricature. You may do this in trial and error especially if you are still learning, but make sure that anyone can still identify the subject after the exaggeration. This, of course, is the essence of caricatures.

You may go over each detail of the face, like the nose and drawing them with exaggeration or drawing the chin or the mouth. Most often, caricatures have big heads and small necks or small bodies, thus you can also explore on drawing your subject in smaller bodies as well.

Although learning how to make caricatures can be a real challenge, you can however learn this skill with constant practice. You may need a detailed guide and a good manual to help you learn every detail of it. it is also good to learn from someone who has been drawing caricatures professionally so that you can also learn a few of their styles and techniques.

Carolyn Anderson is a book reviewer and an avid reader. If you want to learn how to draw caricatures, check out the resource Fun with Caricatures. Also check out ABC of Art Skills, a system that will teach you how to draw.