Learning About What is a Caricature
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Now that we've begun to scratch the surface let's dive a little bit deeper into exactly what is a caricature drawing...
Generally speaking a caricature is an image of a person with an extremely large head and a tiny little body. The features of the head are exaggerated, so if the person you're drawing has a slightly large nose the caricature of them will have a really large nose. A good example of features that can be exaggerated can be found when you consider the current late-night talk show hosts J. Leno and David Letterman.
Even in real life both of them have extremely distinct almost cartoon-like features. Maybe their distinctly individual look is one of the main reasons why they were selected as late-night talk show hosts in the first place. Jay Leno of course has a gigantic chin and David Letterman has his trademarked buck-teeth. These are great examples of features that can be exaggerated. Let's dive a little deeper into the heart of caricature drawing.
There are seven essential parts of the head that can be exaggerated. These parts are the nose, mouth and lips, chin, eyes and eyebrows, forehead, hair and ears. You may notice that I didn't mention the body of the character and this is because the body is generally not as important as the head. We'll save dissecting the body for another tutorial. There's quite a lot to caricaturing, but I hope you are beginning to understand what is a caricature; at least a little bit.
Before you go on at like you to take a quick test to see if you really have what it takes to draw caricature. Don't worry, I promise it won't hurt and will only take two minutes.
Here's the test. Grab a piece of paper and pen or pencil. Now, see if you can draw the following 10 shapes. If you can get through this test then you really have everything it takes to start making your own caricatures.
Give it a shot, and in case you can't complete this little test I have some other advice for you at the bottom of the test.
If for some reason you couldn't complete the test shapes drawing here's my advice:
you should really give up all hope of ever drawing, or even writing for that matter. Stick to a computer and printed documents because you have the hand eye ability of a monkey, wait, perhaps less than a monkey! Now, I know you can do better! You're better than a monkey! Show your stuff! :)
Here's a little video showing how all of these parts come together to make a simple caricature that you'll learn to make in another lesson.