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How To Draw Caricatures – How To Draw A Cartoon Person

How To Draw Caricatures – How To Draw A Cartoon Person



To Draw Caricatures – The Basic Poses Of A Caricature/Cartoon Person

When learning how to draw caricatures, it is important to be able to capture the unique look of a caricature figure. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to capture the pose of the subject you are trying to draw and also how to add character and liveliness to it.

First off, let’s start by talking about…

How To Draw Caricatures – The Cartoon Skeleton

Every face, head, body or pose is constructed on the basis of a skeleton. Just like drawings of the human figure our drawing is going to stand or fall depending upon the sturdiness of it’s skeleton or basic underlying structure.

The idea of constructing a pose that is not in front of you as most of the time your subject will be seated, is a daunting task for most novice artists trying to learn how to draw caricatures. Don’t worry we are going to show you how to overcome your fears by a few simple tricks that are based on the drawing “skeleton” that will guarantee you can’t go wrong. So grab your tracing paper and do the above simple 3 step sketch.

When you get used to drawing these simple poses you will no longer have to draw a skeleton first but that will be done the track when you feel confident that your sketches will do the trick.

Also we will show you how to practice and make perfect simple little skeletons first before putting on any flesh or clothes.

The biggest mistake that the novice artist makes when drawing caricatures is to skip this vital step. In so doing they are missing the point of the cartoon pose, “Gesture”.

Take a look at the above two-step gesture based cartoon. Notice that you can really read the emotion of the sketch in step1. If you never saw (the rough sketchy) step 2, you would probably understand that this was cartoon of man in a bold stride.

  • You would know from this that he is not depressed.
  • You would know that he is not sneaking or acting shy.
  • You could probably guess he was having fun.
  • The one thing that is missing is the facial expression.

Now the only thing apart from the loose details of the clothing that has been added, is the face detail and expression. This man is happy, he is in a dashing stride, maybe he has just won a fortune or maybe he is in Broadway production. To let people in on the gag completely you simply add in some background elements.

So lets take a look at two different sets of background elements that will do just that.

The first image is going to show you the same man with a background suggesting he has won a fortune, the second one unchanged apart from the background again, the man looks like he is part of a Broadway production.

“I just won a fortune!”

“I’m in a Broadway production!”

So this is a very important thing to remember when learning how to draw caricatures, if you get your set lot of poses practice and rehearsed well, then it will be a simple matter of deciding which one you will choose to “attach” to your “big head”.

Remember, Graeme’s style of “big head – facing straight ahead” portrait drawing, can be used in literally dozens of pose types:

  • sitting
  • standing
  • dancing
  • running
  • walking
  • riding
  • jumping
  • flying
  • landing
  • sneaking
  • strutting
  • falling


Now if you had the person doing a side-on or 3/4 view, you will be limited with your set poses as to how to make them work easily.

Happy Smiling Faces

So it comes down to the gesture or pose and the expression on their faces. Now most of the time the expression is NOT going to change. Everyone loves to see themselves smiling when they look in the mirror and the caricature is a mirror type expression of someone, so happy smiling is what you are going to do most of the time. Learning how to draw caricatures doesn’t have to be hard. With the right instructions and a little bit of practice, you can be an expert at how to draw caricatures in no time.

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