The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces

The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces

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by Tom Richmond

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Library Journal
This popular and comprehensive guide by a successful illustrator and caricaturist who has worked for Mad Magazine demonstrates how to emphasize and exaggerate portraits to amuse, flatter, and entertain.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Master MAD Magazine caricaturist Richmond has something to teach even the least-talented stick-figure artist in this comprehensive discussion of the art form. He meticulously examines the processes and decisions that go into a successful caricature—creating a portrait that not only resembles the subject in an exaggerated fashion, but that also captures elements of his or her personality. Emphasis is placed on careful observation and analysis of faces, breaking them down into shapes and proportions that can be pushed and pulled to create humorous effects without edging into distortion. Richmond then shows how these skills apply to drawing live caricatures, those for illustration, and long-form comic-strip caricatures such as the parodies that appear in MAD Magazine. Although the text is a bit wordy, with some topics becoming labored through frequent repetition, all pertinent information points are thoroughly illustrated with instructive captions. Multitudes of finished caricatures are augmented by diagrams, reference photos, and process drawings. Most of these are titled with silly puns, lending a lighthearted MAD touch to this seriously instructive volume. Readers with a talent for drawing and an eye for absurdity will be inspired to grab a pencil and try a few funny pictures of their own.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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8 - 14 Years

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The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of great eye candy that lures children in, but when my 6th through 8th grade art students tried using it, they became frustrated and complained that there were no actual tutorials, no real guiding or teaching. The overall book LOOKS good on first glance, plenty of clever little gimmicky illustrations, cute asides, nice color and some impressive celebrity renditions, but had the effect of discouraging students once they got into trying to apply it in actual practice as a "how-to" book. The text also looks promising when casually perused initially, but each point is followed by a lot of fluff and padding and often contradicts the very statement being made. This book is a deal-killer for many kids and probably for many adult artists who find it MADdening rather than enlightening. We just started using one other recent book, by Jim Van Der Keyl, that so far has been working better for teaching caricature art basics based on our experience. Will review that when we've tested it a bit more.