Caricature for Beginners
● 2.Scan your photo and print out a copy of your image enlarging it to A4 size, it just makes seeing any details easier.
● 3.Draw a grid of squares across your picture you want 7 squares across by 5 squares up and down your page.
● 4.On your drawing pad/sheet draw a rectangle the same size as your picture print out of A4, and measure out those same sized squares, just mark the outside of the rectangle, you do not have to draw the same grid as your picture because this is the key to caricature drawing, just mark the points around your rectangular sheet where that grid should be.
● 5.Connect those dot points to the corresponding point across the page if you were to draw a straight line, but instead of drawing a straight line, make the lines wavy, bigger wavy lines (check image to the left). Use grey lead and very lightly draw them.
● 6.Now draw exactly what you see in the corresponding squares between your picture's grid and your drawing sheet warped grid, so if you were looking at square 1 you would drawing whatever was in square 1 of your picture into square 1 of your drawing sheet.
8. Add some shading and definition, this works very well with people who have more wrinkles, so try out an older person for your first try.
-File-open-select your scanned drawing-open –image-adjustments and play around with the brightness /contrast levels or the exposure until you like what you see.
To save go to File-saveas- select your file to save and hit ok.
By altering the brightness and contrast of your image in Photoshop
you can play around with lighting effects and essentially take your
image to a whole new level.
Change your image by changing the hue saturation in Photoshop.
Go to Photoshop –File – open – select image – open - image- Adjustments - hue/saturation – play around with the levels.
It's a lot of fun to transform grey lead drawings in Photoshop, download your free basic copy by placing free Adobe Photoshop into any search engine
Why stop at just one!
Practice makes perfect, so why not see how to take the your end drawing picture and transform it in a different way entirely. So last time the wave warping on the drawing pad focused on my subjects elongated nose with giant ski slope end, by simply changing your warped grip other features can be made the focus point, so lets have a quick look at how changing the waves on your warped grip can change your caricature's direction.
So here is the new drawing, looks quite different from the first drawing, so let's see what we can do with this one in Photoshop.
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