I’m the least political person I know, but I can’t turn on the TV without seeing this dude, so I thought I’d sketch his worried mug. Recognize him?
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Besides being packed with all sorts of caricature drawing theory, it tackles the fundamentals of anatomy–obviously the subject of countless books, but presented here with cartooning specifically in mind. For instance, you might not intend to ever realistically render a caruncula, but its existence should certainly influence the shape of your character’s eye.
Likewise, in eight colorful pages, Richmond manages to impart a ton of useful observations about hands, including why they’re such a challenge to draw, even for pros.
Anyway, I’m hoping to really dive into the book this weekend, so cross your complicated fingers that you’ll witness some improvement on the recognizable caricature front.
Here I actually looped a five second scene from “The Public Enemy,” in which James Cagney introduces Mae Clarke to some citrus, and jotted down what I thought were some of the key poses and actions. Then, because I’m all about mixing old and new, I timed it out using an iPhone app called Animation Timer, which notes the time in film frames every time you tap the screen.
Of course, the more I draw and observe out in the word, the better i’ll be able to make my characters “act.” In fact, today I took a few spare moments and scribbled thumbnail sketches of folks by the 72nd Street subway stop. Unfortunately, all I saw were people chatting on their cell phones, and virtually nobody wielding decorative slices of fruit.