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The Art of Caricature with Court Jones

November 7, 201611 Comments

Intro to Caricature

Hello, my name is Court Jones. And I’m excited to be offering a course on the art of caricature at If you don’t know me, I’m a caricature illustrator and fine art portrait painter. My course will be organized into two parts. It’s designed to help both the caricature novice and the experienced professional.

The first part of the course will cover the fundamentals of caricature design. I’ll teach the founding principles of exaggeration, walk you through my process of creating the original concept for the caricature and then how to refine that concept into a detailed and well-structured finished drawing.

The second half of the course is more advanced and will be filled with practical exercises that I’ve developed over the years for getting past creative obstacles, fixing problematic drawings and creating more extreme exaggerations while still maintaining a great likeness.

court jones paul rudd caricature

You may be wondering why you should study caricature. You may just want to do traditional art or comics or illustration. Well, just like portrait drawing, figure drawing and anatomy – caricature is yet another tool in your arsenal that will give you the knowledge and ability to control exactly how you draw your subjects.
court jones at event caricature demonstration
And I’ve discovered that in the world of commercial illustration, the ability to exaggerate and capture a likeness is an extremely valuable asset to clients and art directors. It broadens your skill set and makes you much more marketable.

court jones bryan cranston caricature
Caricature is the key to understanding likeness. In your art career, whether you’re doing a commissioned portrait or an illustration, a successful likeness doesn’t just come from drawing perfectly accurately. You can trace a photo line for line, but it still may not be instantly recognizable as the person.

To really capture a likeness and to give it life, you have to know what to leave out and what to put in. You have to know when to change the shapes to make your drawings more interesting and to enhance the likeness. And you need to know the difference between accidental distortions and intentional exaggerations.

Studying caricature teaches you all of these things. Practicing caricature can make you a better artist.

Interested in going premium? Click here to sign up for the course. It will be the best decision you’ll ever make!

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  1. Luc Morjaeu says:

    The Caricature Course is only for digital?
    What software and hardware do I need?

    • Sean Ramsey says:

      It’s not a digitally exclusive course. What Court teaches apply to both digital and traditional skills. He shows how his techniques work with both mediums.

  2. Mark says:

    I am interested in the premium caricature course. How many lessons are included?
    When are they scheduled to be released (every 2 weeks? every month?) Thanks.

    • Court Jones says:

      There are about 15 primary lessons, each with multiple narrated demo videos in the premium version of the course. And we plan to release new primary lessons every 2 to 3 weeks. Additional premium content is released in the weeks between the lessons.

      • Mark says:

        Thank you for the quick reply, Court. I have admired your work as soon as I first came across it. Looking forward to learning from the master.

  3. lionel says:

    I am interested in the primary caricature course.Please send me info
    including the cost.
    Thank you

  4. Peita says:

    Hi, I was wondering what skill level this course assumes before beginning?
    I am keen on learning how to draw but am very beginner at best. If this course is a bit too advanced, could you recommend another that I could begin with before moving onto caricatures? Thanks, Peita

    • Court Jones says:

      Well, my experience was that I learned caricature before I got any good formal traditional art training. But I would recommend some traditional portrait drawing training before caricature. Stan’s Portrait Drawing Fundamentals would be good to take first. I think it’s good to learn the rules before learning to bend them.

  5. ranjith says:

    Hi Jones, does learning caricature help me improve my cartooning skills ? my goal is to become cartoonist ..

    • Court Jones says:

      Hi Ranjith, caricature is a good skill to have as an artist, in general. But as I understand cartooning, it is more about creating original characters and character types for the purpose of telling a joke visually. And it is not usually about capturing a likeness of real people – unless you want to do political cartoons. So, I don’t think studying caricature would necessarily help you as a cartoonist if you plan to draw your own original characters.

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