Caricature study

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One of the more commonly seen variants of exaggeration when it comes to the human form is known as a caricature. Artist who draw with this style art often seen at amusement parks and even in magazines like MAD and are known for over exaggerating certain parts of whatever their subject is. In my figure drawing class, we were asked to look into three different caricature artist and see if we could replicate one of their drawings using pens and cross hatching.

The first image is a recreation of an image drawn by Alex Gard, a Russian American Cartoonist from the early 1900s. He was known for his work in comics, newspapers and specifically his caricatures of celebrities which were featured in a restaurant in NYC were widely known. His style, seen consistently within his images, generally features fairly even weight lines that are connected and fairly smoothe. It holds both a simple yet complex feel, complex in the areas where there are more lines close together, but balanced enough with white space to make it simple as well.

The next image was something I attempted to recreate from Mort Ducker’s artistic collection. Mort Ducker is most known for his work with DC comics and his contributions to the magazine MAD. His style is much more varied in the look of his faces, most of the time exaggerated on a case by case basis (as it should for maximum humor). The style he uses is very much like the more commonly know caricature, however with more details and full sized bodies. The Jack Sparrow I redrew above was colored originally, however I had to transpose this to cross hatching leaving the above result.

The final drawing was based off an image created by Tom Richmond, another artist from MAD magazines. His style is similar to that of Mort Ducker’s work however I feel as though Tom Richmond exaggerates even more than Ducker. Again very detailed, although I think Richmond has a tendency to draw smaller necks.

In the end, this mini research project has been fairly fun, and I see why people draw in this style.

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