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The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I was surprised to see only one review of this book here (almost 200 on Amzn right now, 4.9 stars), but even more to see a negative one. Either the previous review was written by the author of the alternative book it recommends in a fit of jealously, or by someone with some other agenda. It could not be more false on all fronts. Richmond's book is the best instructional book on how to draw caricatures ever written, and it's not even close. "Comprehensive" does not even cover it. Richmond imparts theories, approaches and practical application of this complex art form in ways no other book or resource has ever done, and in doing so he has created the "bible" of caricature art instruction. That previous clearly biased review is dwarfed by the hundreds of glowing ones written by beginners and pros alike elsewhere if you do not believe me. Do a search for "The Mad Art of Caricature" reviews and see. We live in a dumbed down society, where "learning" is being replaced by 3 minute you tube videos and "5 easy steps" tutorials. People seem to think they can learn complex concepts like how to draw caricatures with a simplified step-by-step approach, and then get frustrated when they realize it's not that easy. Richmond actually treats his readers like they have a brain and explains things in a way that is both easy to understand yet is designed to help the reader think for themselves and develop their own art skills. This 6th-8th grade teacher should stick to "how to draw Tippy the Turtle" if that's all his students are capable of. I'm glad I had better teachers. Professional artists and rank beginners can both benefit enormously from this book. Caricature has never been explained in clearer, more thoughtful and a more complete manner than in this book. It belongs on the shelf, well thumbed and read, of any cartoonist, caricaturist or someone wanting to be either. The book itself is full of fantastic imagery and a light hearted, funny approach to a heavy subject. It's a masterpiece. Ignore the earlier lame attempt at a review and do yourself a favor... buy this book.
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.