In the first part of this course you’ll learn the core concepts of caricature. You’ll use concepts like exaggeration and abstraction to take a rough sketch to a fully developed caricature drawing. Part 2 pushes you into the next level and builds your caricaturing muscles! You’ll learn exercises like memory sketching, caricature of a caricature, and digital speed painting.
Beginning December 1st, new lessons will be posted every other Thursday. You can do the assignments with other students in the Facebook Group.
Court’s caricature class was one of my favorites when I was in school. Working with him on this course, I’m amazed at the quality of his demos. But I’m not surprised. He won the Golden Nosey Award and has 20 years of experience. I know beginner and advanced artists will love it." - Stan Prokopenko
Exaggeration is stretching the truth. Describing something in a way that makes it more of what it already is. Obtaining a likeness is the goal of exaggeration, with humor as a side effect.
We start the caricature by exploring various ideas as thumbnails. Then develop it more with larger rough sketches, resolving the exaggeration, likeness and anatomy.
You can do a basic tracing and hope that your initial sketch has solid structure, but we’ll use abstract rhythm lines to help refine the structure before adding detail.
I’ll show you how to take your rough sketch and create a final caricature drawing. We’ll make it look pretty with shading to create the illusion of volume.
When working as a caricature illustrator, you will almost always have to include the subject’s body. You’ll learn how to design a caricature body that works well with the head.
Think of caricature more as a drawing from your memory of the person rather than direct observation. It’s easier to be less literal with the shapes and more bold with the exaggeration.
This exercise can help you take things farther. You’ll do a caricature, then do a caricature of your own caricature. It’s about pushing the envelope and learning to not care about failing.
Sometimes, when stuck on a face, it helps to caricature two people side by side, playing off their opposing characteristics to come up with creative exaggerations.
Often when you caricature a subject, their features remind you of an animal, object or something else. Let that mental image influence the design and balance of the features.
We’ll explore some ways to use digital tools to help us practice carciature and think of the likeness as a collection of shapes and values rather than lines. It’s a whole new way to look at designing caricatures.
Studying masters is a time-honored technique for students learning how to draw and paint at a higher level. It’s a great way to get inside the heads of caricature artists you admire.
One of the most important aspects of drawing and painting at a high level is shape design. You need to be aware of and consciously create the shapes, edges and values in your work. This includes your outer contours as well as how you indicate shadows and halftones. Shape design is the biggest factor in your own personal style.
Premium videos are longer, covering more information about each lesson. For the serious artist who wants to know it all and see more drawing examples.
More example drawings and narrated demonstrations. Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it many times.
A variety of exercises to help you learn the information and build your caricature muscles. I’ll actually show you how to do the assignment so that you can check your work.
Students that follow along with new videos and submit assignments have a chance to be in critique videos. After critique videos are made, students can submit their work to the Facebook Group.
Why are there 2 courses?
What is the difference between Premium and free videos?
Premium videos are extended versions of free videos. This includes additional demonstrations and critique videos. Whenever diagrams or photos are provided, premium students get high resolution versions, which you can download and print for your reference.
The videos are downloadable, so you can watch them without internet access and transfer them to a tablet like an iPad. Going on vacation? Download them so you can watch them on the plane and in that cabin in the woods.
After the course starts. Is it too late to join?
Is $89 a monthly fee?
Can I download the videos?
Can I send my drawings for critique?
Are there subtitles in my language?
Do I get access to all videos you make in the future?
Will you teach male and female caricature drawing?