How To Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman

How To Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman

Author:Lenn Redman
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Published: 1984-09-08T16:00:00+00:00

THEY USED TO GET MAD. Watch out, some still do.

I have never deliberately offended anyone with a caricature, but it used to happen during the early part of my career. A few subjects have thrown away hats and changed hair styles; some have even wept. Abusive epithets have been hurled in my face with the torn fragments of my caricatures, and on one horrendous occasion I was choked at the neck. I confided these reactions to a client. He consoled me by saying something like this: “Your stuff is good or I wouldn’t use it. In fact, it’s too good for sensitive people who don’t understand the art. An innocuous drawing devoid of any depth or likeness would never faze them.”

Actually, my caricatures weren’t so extreme in those days. The drawings of former movie stars on page 64 exemplified my style. I was in my early 20s when I drew them.

People don’t get mad at me anymore. As a whole, they’re more enlightened as to what a caricature is. Also, I think my subjects can tell by the way go about it that I sincerely like them. How can you get mad at a person who likes you? Nevertheless, there are frail egos floating around that are easily shattered. Such happenstance is not always avoidable but you will be more successful in not offending anyone if you smile while drawing. Just make sure your eyebrows are up while smiling—not down.


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