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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-11-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 194 user ratings

" A very groovy book. One of the best, if not the best, book of instructions on the art of caricature. Brilliant! " said.

" Best book ever on caricature. What Tom Richmond does right is show you exactly what you want to aim for, and he shows it from every angle. Best book ever on caricature. Yes, I meant to say that again. " said.

" This was absolutely the best art instruction book I've ever read. It is helpful to portrait artists as well as cartoonists and caricature artists. It has changed my style drastically. I don't know if I'm ready to do live caricatures yet, but I'm a lot closer now! " said.

"Pleasant, image-filled how-to of modern caricature. Mr. Richmond has an excellent line-drawing approach to the art-form and I have much enjoyed his work particularly in MAD magazine over the last decade or so. Line-drawing is valuable for its easy reproduceability and for its universal reach. Two features of the author's work that I particularly admire is that his caricatures actually do things rather than smiling out of pictures, balloon headed on tiny bodies. Anyone can do that. But Tom Richmond's caricatures use more than facial expression to convey themselves. Also, he has a method, an actual method. What a relief to know that art has a method and is not something that happens when an artist mystically tosses ink or paint at a blank sheet of whatever. If you don't get this book because you want to begin or continue caricature, get it for its glossy production and the numerous instances of Richmond's artwork. " said.

" ( More pictures on my blog )

This is an excellent book on caricature by caricaturist and illustrator Tom Richmond. There are few artists who are more qualified to write a book on drawing caricatures. Over the years, he has drawn for many print media, especially for MAD magazine which is known for its art.

To get the best out of this book, you should already know how to draw basic portraits. This book gives you the tips and techniques to add to your knowledge of portrait drawing to create the caricatures.

There are enlightening drawing tips on every page from the start till the last page, accompanied by lots of amazingly drawn examples. It teaches you how to push the limit of drawing facial expressions without sacrificing likeness to the character. You'll learn how to modify head shapes, enhance features, put in expressions and more. It also covers a bit on body postures. Towards the end there's a section on drawing live caricatures.

The very last section looks at the caricatures from MAD magazine and includes the process of working from start to finish.

This book is packed with tons of information and is most highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars with funny faces.
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" Extremely helpful regardless of your skill level. It's equivalent of The Principles of Quantum Mechanics by Paul Dirac (in quantum mechanics) in caricature/art world! I don't know if the analogy works. :P Brilliant. Excellent guide. Extremely helpful. " said.

"I have been involved with some sort of art my entire life and have always wanted to do caricatures but never really knew how to do them. I tried but they always wound up looking like bobbleheads. Tom Richmond breaks down the process into easy to understand principles that enable the reader of this book to learn how to approach caricatures accurately. I am proud to say that I now am able to produce caricatures that I am proud of. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has a desire to draw caricatures or anyone who just wants a better understanding of portraiture in general." said.

" A very groovy book. One of the best, if not the best, book of instructions on the art of caricature. Brilliant! " said.

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