- Age Range: 11 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 6 - 9
- 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces Paperback – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
About the Author: 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 and has illustrated several MAD parody books like GOODNIGHT BATCAVE and SUPERMAN AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.
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I'm currently in the Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and have always loved to doodle faces. Ever since i was a kid, i remember i could draw the body and all the other features to my satisfaction but not the face. It drove me insane! so i began to grow an obsession of how to master the art of drawing the face, after a while, i got the basic shapes down and after i felt i figured it out i stopped. That was 10 years ago.
So fast forward to present day, and while i was here at work on the Ship one day i decided to do a quick doodle of my LPO (boss) on the whiteboard hanging up in the shop. It was a REALLY simple face on this pudgy little body and a crooked mouth with a ball cap saying "arghhh." The guys in my shop thought it was pretty funny and everyone got a good laugh. My boss walked in took a look at it and couldn't stop laughing, that was the moment when i realized i want to draw CARICATURES! It all was very spontaneous and very random, but i felt like it was something that wouldn't only be fun for me, but also be fun for the people that saw them, and hopefully got a kick out of a likeness if i was good enough to pull it off.
Having NO idea where to start I started punching in "funny caricatures," into Google image search and browsed through page after page, then i saw this one caricature of Steve Jobs, i couldn't stop laughing i clicked on the picture and it forwarded me to tomrichmond.com :) That's where my inspirational flame turned into a wildfire. I went through his website, all the tutorials and saw his offering for this book. The book came in about a week ago, and i can't put it down. It answers every single question you could ever have about any detail of the face, breaks down an even more advanced concepts like digital color if you choose to take it that far, or breaks down how to even do live caricatures step by step to save time and achieve maximum likeness and Humor. I've got in trouble a couple times because i'll be reading the book more than doing my work :)
Since getting the book I got this idea to Caricature my entire chain of command and so far the results have been HILLARIOUS! there's a point when your following Tom's steps in the book, and your drawing starts to come to life and you can't stop laughing and your hand is shaking and you find it a little difficult to concentrate because all you want to do is laugh!!! I love it. I did one of my Captain a couple days ago and was kinda scared to show it to anybody cause the likeness was scary! I scanned a copy from my sketchbook and dropped it in the "CO's suggestion Box," :) i'm still waiting to see how it's gonna play out hmhmhm.
But ya,Amazing find, and incredible book. Thanks so much to Mad Magazine, and Tom Richmond for making this book! Incredibly inspirational. Forget about all those other books, THIS IS THE ONE!!!
I am very glad that I did because it's coverage of the subject is incredible and learnable in the manner so very well presented by Mr. Richmond.