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Hughes, Alex.
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Publication Information:
London : HarperCollins, 1999.
Physical Description:
63 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
"Everything you need to know to get started"--Cover.
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Central Library NC1340 .H84 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Drawing is an essential skill for all artists and this book makes learning to draw caricatures as simple as possible. All the basics are covered, to provide a sound foundation in techniques, and numerous entertaining caricatures and step-by-step drawings show how these are put into practice. The book includes practical information on: tools and equipment; basic shapes and proportions; facial features and expressions; portraying personality; using photographs; working up sketches; and symbols and props.

Author Notes

Alex Hughes is a professional caricaturist and has an MA in Visual Communication. His work is regularly published in newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, and various magazines. Several of his caricatures were also featured in Drawing Cartoons That Sell.

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Library Journal Review

The art of caricature falls somewhere between the free-for-all of cartooning and the art of portraiture. In one of the most successful entries in the "Learn To Draw" series, Hughes manages to build from the basics of eyes, noses, mouths, and ears to complete personalities on the page. The usual examples of Elvis and Nixon are here, but Hughes shines in his unexpected caricatures of people like Gandhi, whom he portrays as a map of India. Recommended, especially in combination with a good book on portraiture like Lee Hammond's How To Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil from Photographs (North Light, 1997). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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