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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 22, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809256851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809256853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very simple to understand and very helpful!
Mildred V Taylor
I have this book and being an art student my art teacher recommended to the class.
Linda Meckler
I recommend this book for anyone that wants to do caricatures.
M.Hoov

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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
June, 2001- I own more than twenty books on the subject of how to draw caricatures and cartoons. Following only five weeks of practice, I recently started working part time as a caricature artist at a major theme park (mostly for the fun of it). I have no previous experience in art or drawing. Studying Redman's book did more for me than any other. The key to success in caricature is being able to produce a clean, simple sketch that has adequate likeness to the subject's face yet, in a kind way, also employs some fun with "exaggeration" -- not distortion. Redman's book does the best job, for the complete beginner, of any text out there. This is one of the only instructional references that makes a special point to include at least one and often several photographic views of each subject before showing you how to construct the basic caricature drawing. There are many such examples of photo studies and caricature results. He also covers children and and a wide variety of ethnic groups. Redman includes examples of how to draw the same subject using several different caricature styles. There are also examples of famous people done in caricature. Too many of these to even count. If you combine this book with Jack Hamm's Cartooning: The Head & Figure to learn cartoon bodies to go along with the faces, you have a great pair of reference books. As a cautionary note, Redman's book does contain some cartoon nudity which I feel was not needed at all to make the text a valuable learning reference. Parents might want to remove these few pages before the book is used by children. This is a great learning tool. Good luck!
July 2, 2002- As a follow up to the above review, for those seeking the very best caricature training references, I must add a third book from the many that I have reviewed.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1997
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The most comprehensive book ever written on the challenging art and science of drawing caricatures! Lenn shows multiple examples of each face, showing how each decision the artist makes can lead to very different interpretations of the subject's features. The book is well organized and, naturally, copiously illustrated with examples of every race, gender, age, and body type imaginable. There is no other book on caricatures that covers the 'how' and 'what' quite so well as this gem of an art instruction book
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Reinhardt on December 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really like this book very much. I do think that there is an expectation of a certain amount of artistic ability from the get go but there is a certain amount of rudimentary skill building included as well.
It is a nice large size that I think is necessary for art instruction books and it is also a fairly big book as far as total pages go. One issue I have with many *how to draw* books is that they tend to be pretty thin. This is quite a nice size.
In the beginning there are a lot of examples of types and styles of features that people have...not in caracature form but just in general. I like this. I find this very helpful in general drawing as well as helping you focus on what features you can play up for the art of caricature. Proportion is also discussed with an eye on how to manipulate it. It is also a great lesson in general drawing.
The examples that are used to show what to do are quite good. there is a photo (or photos) on the page and the drawing that accentuates certain of the features. It's very helpful, I think, to start with an actual photo and see how the artist picked up on certain features in his finished drawing. I do notice that the people selected for photos *do* tend to have obvious traits that are easy to pick up on (a VERY square jaw... A *very* pointed chin... Large bags under the eyes, etc) I think this does get you used to looking for these things but perhaps a few more examples of less obvious features would be a big help.
Over all I like this book very much. It shows different styles and while the focus is on the caricature it isnt on making the subject look bizarre. Quite a good first book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leon S. Barwick III on April 10, 2001
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As a part-time caricaturist, I can attest to the value of this very instructive book. Yes, there are several celebrity caricatures sprinkled throughout, but more importantly, there are dozens of photos of "real" people -- friends of Lenn Redman's -- along with his step-by-step analyses of their faces. The principles of exaggeration are easy to follow with Mr. Redman's text and simple diagrams.
I've looked at several how-to books on caricature, and without a doubt, this is the most complete, professionally done and most fun. If you practice what you learn in this book (emphasis on practice!), you could very likely surprise yourself and others with a highly enjoyable skill and pasttime.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M.Hoov on July 2, 2000
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I recommend this book for anyone that wants to do caricatures. It is a step by step book on doing different faces from photos of different people. If you want to learn how to do a caricature, this is truly a good book to own.
M. Hoove
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank H. Gaulden on December 30, 2009
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I recently decided I wanted to learn how to draw caricatures, so I bought this book because it got good reviews. Perhaps for a more experienced artist, this book might be more helpful. For a beginner, however, I didn't find this book as helpful as some others I've read. There didn't appear to be much of a step-by-step example approach that might help a beginner like me. For instance, where should a person start when drawing a caricature? The head? Eyes? etc... There really isn't any instruction on specifically dealing with head on caricatures as opposed to side and 3/4 view. They're just sort of all dealt with at the same time. Again, for a more experienced artist, this may not be a problem. But for me, I had hoped the book would be a little more practical in helping me learn to draw caricatures from start to finish. The book wasn't all bad, but I wouldn't recommend this for beginning artists like myself.
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