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The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces Paperback – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Deadline Demon Publishing; 1st edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098357670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983576709
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Author: One of the most highly respected and successful illustrators working today, Tom Richmond began his career as a caricaturist at a theme park in 1985. He now works as a freelancer for a great variety of clients including Scholastic, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic World, Time Digital, Penthouse, Marvel Comics, The Cartoon Network, Warner Bros Animation and many more. He is best known as one of the Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine, where his caricatures and illustrations have been featured in film and TV parodies and articles regularly since 2000. He has a studio in his home in Burnsville, MN.

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One of the most highly respected and successful illustrators working today, Tom Richmond began his career as a caricaturist at a theme park in 1985 at age 18. He now works as a freelancer for a great variety of clients including Scholastic, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic World, Time Digital, Penthouse, Marvel Comics, The Cartoon Network, WB Animation, and many, many more. He is best known as one of the "Usual Gang of Idiots" at MAD Magazine, where his caricatures and illustrations have been featured in film and TV parodies and feature articles regularly since 2000.

In 2012, he received what is arguably cartooning's highest honor: the Reuben Award for "Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year" from the National Cartoonists Society.

He works from a studio in his home near Minneapolis, MN.

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In the book I found great tips and detailed information from the author that uses different examples to help the content assimilation.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore doing caricatures!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Emartiste on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tom Richmond's book is a must-have for anyone aspiring to draw recognizable caricatures, whether in a live situation or in a studio from photos. It illustrates a multitude of concepts both visually and verbally, with example after example of almost every facial minutiae there is! As a fifteen-year veteran of live caricature work, I learned both new ideas (constant lines of force) from this book, and also found things I knew (such as sequencing) explained more articulately and in-depth than anywhere else. The in-your-face illustrations are both amusing and educational when aligned with the text. Newbie mistakes to avoid are also mentioned. This book will pay for itself if making money is your goal...if it isn't, your result will be the pleasure of creating a well-crafted caricature.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By freakdave on January 3, 2012
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I was really searching for such a book, that exactly gave me what I wanted.

I bumped into Tom Richmonds book and WebSite, when I was searching for support to re-activate my sleeping talent of drawing. I can tell you, it really woke me up!
After watching the review on YouTube, it was clear, that I need this book.
It took some weeks to get it to Germany, but the bigger was the fun and happyness when I had it in the mail and in my hands.

Beneath its excellent drawings of well known artists and other VIP's it provides simple descriptions and hints how to draw a charicature. Step by step, Tom gives an analytical view on all parts of the humans face and the typical features that makes a face unique. He gives out a set of rules and tools on drawing charicatures, that will keep you well equiped to start your hobby or improve your drawing skills.

It is so motivating, that you really will feel pain if pencil and paper is out of reach. If drawing addiction is not a desease yet, this book could create it.

The book lays open all the secrets about caricature drawing and gives you the right key to the door. You just need to learn how to handle it ... practice, practice, practice ... that is the only thing the book can't give.

Even if you are not a graphical artist, this book is a peace of art and worth to buy.

By the way, I have ordered two copies to be on the save side ... GERMAN ANGST ;-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Carolan on May 14, 2012
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On reading this book you get the impression that the author really wants to teach you what he knows, rather than throwing a few crumbs to get you interested. It's very detailed and methodically goes through every step of developing a strategy for producing quality caricatures. The author is not only a brilliant exponent of his art, but an excellent teacher. The Mad Art of Caricature is well-thought-out and well-put-together. As a bonus, it's more comprehensive and better-produced than some costlier guides. This book will keep you busy for a while, and the detail is such that it can be used as a reference when further developing your own style. Tom Richmond could have easily gotten away with trading on his name and his amazing art by producing a starter book with lots of his existing material tossed together, but this is no such thing. It's a genuine tutorial - in the form of both graphics and prose - on the art of caricature by someone who is a giant (possibly a hyperactive one) in their field. There's also some excellent ancillary stuff - based on genuine experience - on real-time caricaturing (such as you'd do at amusement parks if you were brave enough). The strategy here differs from doing it in the comfort of your study. This book exceeded my expectations, and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in any sort of facial artistry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StanCan on May 5, 2013
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The drawing in the book are almost worth the price. Very good information on learning to look more closely at you subject and how take what you see and apply this to you caricature. It will not teach you how to draw. You must have some talent or hard work under your belt before you can expect great results. Well worth the money and time to read and learn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon R. Herman on December 4, 2012
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This is the most complete and entertaining book on caricature I've ever encountered. And it's written and illustrated by one of the top caricaturists/cartoonists in the country. Tom has done a thorough job of explaining his process and providing plenty of great examples of his work. I don't know how he found time to do this book, considering how busy and sought-after he is, but it's a winner and a necessity for any cartoonist's collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By As Hirasen Hirasen Commun on September 15, 2012
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Tom Richmond has done a brilliant job of sharing his wealth of information to fellow aspiring Caricaturists & Cartoonists.
The book is copiously crammed with "how to" techniques for successful creation of caricatures. I think it is one of the best
publications to come out in recent times. The best handbook on Caricatures for every Caricaturist.
Tom is an exceptionally great Caricaturist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Bigas on December 7, 2012
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Very good! Has great and numerous detailed examples.
Congratulations on the job! Great help for beginners or professionals.
I recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Remus J. Gaynor III on June 10, 2013
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great stuff love this book it has ever thing I need to draw my characters in my book wow thanks
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