salison asked: Hey, Ricky! I'm a major fan of your artwork and your style. In fact, you’ve inspired me to draw caricatures too, but I have no idea where to start. Could you please share some tips for beginning caricature artists? Or maybe some resources, (books, websites, etc.,) that you’ve found helpful? Thanks a ton!

Hi,

I don’t know of any websites, but I’m really influened by artists like Al Hirschfeld, Miguel Covarrubias, Stephen Silver, Disney art, and other caricature artists.  The best training is practicing. Sketch real people, or from photos. Play around with shapes and structure of the head. Feel free to push the boundaries. Try looking at photos of people and drawing them. I didn’t really learn from books, but from just practicing, playing around, and trying out styles that I’ve seen other artists do. I’m influenced by animation so I end up making my caricatures like cartoons. I try to find nice design elements in the face. Here are some books that could be helpful(fyi I’ve never read them lol) http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=caricature+books&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4574808535&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2036174122429950090&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4n7fo21mwq_e

There is a Facebook Caricature Challenge page that does caricature challenges each week, that could be good practice for you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caricaturama/  AND https://www.facebook.com/groups/caricaturecontest/    Look thru the work to get an idea of all the different ways and styles are possible for caricature. But in the end, practice and observe, study, and practice lol. It will take time to develop a style of your own, but even for me, I’m always trying to new ways to draw things. Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me anything more, or if you’d like me to look at your drawings. :)

Best,

Ricky 


Recent Caricature commission I did for a singer from New Zealand. He wanted it in the style of Al Hirschfeld, my artistic hero. :)

Recent Caricature commission I did for a singer from New Zealand. He wanted it in the style of Al Hirschfeld, my artistic hero. :)

Some Live Caricatures I’ve done recently.

Here’s a neat little video made by my amazingly talented girlfriend, Lisa. She also did the music. :D  

I’m drawing at a Wedding reception in this. 

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500 new cards :)

500 new cards :)

isaacdraws asked: Hi Ricky! I love your caricatures. May I know what art materials (and brands) you use for traditional caricatures?

Hi there. Thanks! Well just paper really, and for my party caricatures I just use a good ol’ black Crayola marker believe it or not. :) You can find them on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Crayola-Count-Black-Original-Markers/dp/B0044SCV4M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366005614&sr=8-1&keywords=crayola+markers+black+tip

I used to use Chiseled Sharpies but they smell and get expensive. If you have any other questions let me know! :)

-Ricky

#caricature gig. This guy was my fav.

#caricature gig. This guy was my fav.

#caricature gig today.

#caricature gig today.

My fav of the night. #caricature

My fav of the night. #caricature

#caricature

#caricature

#caricature

#caricature

Really quick Steven Spielberg caricature.

Really quick Steven Spielberg caricature.