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Family & Friends Caricatures

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

Prompt

Draw someone you know in real life as a caricature.

Process

1.
Choose someone you know in real life.

2.
Have them sit and pose for you and do some quick sketches.

3.
Take photo references of the person so you can finish the drawing later.

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

2.
Note the following:

What are the unique physical features of your model?  What parts of their body could you exaggerate to express their personality?

3.
Examples of how to exaggerate:

Nose: tiny, gigantic, pointed, boney, etc.
Eyes: bulging, thin, closed, round, etc.
Lips: soft, thin, voluptuous, etc.
Posture: upright, relaxed, tight
Hair:  wild, stiff, straight, curly, bushy, etc.
Body type:  muscular, lean, short, tall, etc.

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

4.
Sketch out the entire body.  Start by blocking out the largest shapes.

For example, if you want to emphasize your model’s nose, draw the nose much larger in your drawing than you normally would.

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

5.
Pay attention to their clothing:  how is their personality expressed in their clothing?

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

6.
Add props.  For example, if your model likes to sing, draw a microphone in their hand. If they like gardening, try drawing flowers growing out of their hair.

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

Examples

Julie Sharpe

Julie Sharpe
Project Assistant

“For this project, I drew a caricature of my mother, who has a habit of yelling at others on the phone. I also wanted to capture her personality with the drawing, so I exaggerated the placement of her limbs to make her seem more irritated.

This project provided me with an opportunity to closely examine the unique characteristics of someone I know well, and allowed me to practice capturing someone’s personality through gesture and placement of the body. I also gained experience working in ballpoint pen, which is a medium that I do not typically use.”

Ruth Lee

Ruth Lee
Project Assistant

“One of the things I find most interesting and fun to draw is people with strong features: it makes the process of portraying/expressing the subject more unique and engaging, and lets you showcase things that might be noticed in passing but aren’t appreciated in their own right.

I had so much fun taking a bold black brush pen to carve out his boxy head, trademark engineer glasses and pursed lips–the classic “don’t bother me, I’m working” face–because I ended up with a piece that was hilariously exaggerated, yet still spot-on accurate and recognizable as my dad at the same time. “

Caricature Drawing, Ruth Lee

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