Art of Caricature with Court Jones


Part 1: 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: Part 2 of the course builds your caricature muscles. The exercises we’ve created will help improve your visual memory and even trick you into drawing stronger exaggerations. There are lessons on how to work around mental roadblocks, break bad habits and methods on how to figure out those difficult faces. We’ll even learn about digital painting.

You can do the assignments and participate with other students in the Caricature 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

Part 1 Total Runtime: 12 hours 28 minutes
Part 2 Total Runtime: 18 hours 4 minutes

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What You’ll Learn


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.

Rough Sketching

We start the caricature by exploring various ideas as thumbnails. Then develop it more with larger rough sketches, resolving the exaggeration, likeness and anatomy.

Reilly Abstraction

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.

Final Shaded Drawing

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.

Caricaturing the Body

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.

Memory Sketching

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.

Caricature of a Caricature

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.

Opposition Sketching

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.

Spirit Animal

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.

Digital Paint Sketching

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 the Masters

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.

Conscious Shape Design

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.


Extended Lessons

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.

Narrated Demonstrations

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.

Critique Videos

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.

About the Instructor

Court Jones Caricature Artist and Teacher
Court Jones works as a freelance commercial illustrator and caricature entertainer in San Diego, California. He has done a lot of published illustration and concept work for film and TV projects, editorial and product illustration for clients such as Atlantic Records, Upper Deck, Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Uptown News and Blizzard Entertainment, among others.

Court Jones knows what he’s talking about when it comes to caricaturing. If you’re still not convinced (or just want to see some of his work) scroll through the gallery below to check out some of the fun celebrity pieces he’s made.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there 2 courses?

Each part of the course will explore focuses on different aspects of drawing caricatures. Together, they would take too long as a single course. As two courses, you will learn everything you need to know about each area, and spread out the payments if needed. If you want both, you can buy them together and save money.

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?

No, you can join and watch them at any time.

Is $99 a monthly fee?

No, it’s a one-time payment and you have access to the Caricature videos forever. You are essentially purchasing a product. It’s not a subscription.

Can I download the videos?

Yup! Each video is downloadable as an mp4 file at 720p. Please don’t share the videos. Each purchase helps to create future videos like these.

Are there subtitles in my language?

A downloadable transcript is available for each video which you can translate to whatever language you want using Google Translate and clicking on the ‘Translate a Document’ option.

Do I get access to all videos you make in the future?

No, this includes only ‘Art of Caricature’ lessons.

Will you teach male and female caricature drawing?

Yup! Court uses male and female photos in all of his lessons to teach caricature drawing.