Distortion vs Exaggeration – Rough Sketch Critique

Hey everybody, welcome to the Critique video
for Episode three on the “Rough Sketch.” As you recall from the previous lesson, the
thumbnail sketch was all about creating the original idea for the exaggeration, and it
could be sloppy, loose and quick it didn’t really matter. It’s just about getting the thoughts in your
head down on paper as quickly as possible and exploring lots of different alternatives. By the rough sketch you’ll have picked your
favorite thumbnail sketch and you’re going to resolve it by making it just more realistic,
figuring out the anatomy and the likeness. Likeness is essentially the top priority in
a rough sketch, and anatomy is a second place probably. We’re gonna resolve the anatomy more in the
next step. So, we’re gonna take a look at people’s submissions
from the Facebook group and figure out what they could have done better, what I might
have done differently. In caricature there’s never just one right
answer to a problem, there’s lots of different ways. So, the things I say today are not necessarily
sacred, they’re not the only way you can solve the problem, all I can do is show you how
I might solve them so with that let’s get started. All right here’s Phil Cicero’s drawing of
that guy from that TV show that I don’t watch. I know it’s the “Big Bang Theory” I don’t
really know much else about it. But my first thoughts when looking at yours
is I can tell who it is but only in the most broad sense because he’s so iconic looking. There’s so much distortion in this particular
sketch that it doesn’t really have much reference to what’s going on in his face at all really. The distortions seem kind of arbitrary and
they’re not helping the likeness, they’re hurting it. I can tell who it is but it’s kind of despite
the face and it’s more because of the hairstyle I guess and the overall, like maybe the long
nose that kind of tells me who it is. So what I would recommend is just thinking
a little bit more about the skull underneath and what’s happening. It feels like you just pinched his cheeks
and pulled them out like as if they were Taffy, there’s no structure going on here. And you did give him a long big nose but you
didn’t give him his nose. He has a much wider bridge here at the top
in between his eyes and you gave him a really narrow bridge between his eyes. So, just be mindful of the exact shapes and
nature of the features that you’re drawing. You have to think about their placement and
the actual shapes of the features. So with that I’ll do a quick sketch to show
how I might handle his face. Another thing you could have done in your
sketch is I would love to see more exaggerating of the specific expression in this photo. When I’m drawing the eyes here I can see that
his irises are tucked up underneath his lids, or his upper lids are sort of heavy and closed
a little bit. And that covers up more of the iris and pupil
than what you’ve shown. You’ve drawn almost the entire pupil and Iris
in your drawing and it misses the subtle expression that’s happening. So really pay attention to things like that
as you’re drawing. This is where having a solid knowledge of
the anatomy of the facial features really is helpful in caricature. So I’m working from a photo reference where
it’s not totally clear what’s happening with all the plane changes on the nose, but I know
generally how the cartilage and bones on the nose are structured. So, I can insert that information while I’m
drawing to make the nose a bit more convincing and I can exaggerate it properly in the right
places. Like if you’re going to push down the tip
of the nose it’s good to know how to shade those forms after you’ve stretched them so
you know where the bottom plain of the nose should be versus the side plains and where
the nasal cartilage wraps above the nostril. If you haven’t watched Stan’s videos on how
to draw the features step by step, he goes over the eyes, the nose, the mouth, and the
ears they’re extremely valuable for the caricature course. So I would definitely recommend reviewing
those videos. So here’s the point where I’m breaking through
the initial form of the face that I established and trying to get the fleshiness of the mouth
and the lips to work on that overall head design. I still wanna keep it long and narrow but
I have to accommodate for that crooked smirk that he’s got so the flesh on that right side
of the face has to be distorted a bit. So, thanks again to everyone for submitting
their work on the Caricature Proko Facebook group and following the rules of the assignments
that are given out each week. You’re more likely to get selected if you
do exactly the thing that’s been asked in the assignments that are given as far as what’s
happening from week to week. So, post your photo reference and if you can
post your progress along the way that’s always good to. If I can see your thumbnail sketches, your
rough sketches and then the next lesson we’ll get into something a little bit more technical. So, keep on doing it and don’t be afraid to
post your work to get critiques from everybody, and I’ll try to get to as many people as I
can in future videos. So, thanks for watching keep, sketching and
posting your work and I’ll try to always get around to as many people as I can, and hope
to see you in future videos. For those of you who will be participating
in the Caricature course, we’ve created a community where you can connect with other
students, post artwork and get feedback from your peers. Join the group at proko.com/groups. If you enjoyed this video, share it and tell
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  • josias

    1st comment

  • Дрифтвуд. Чёрное море. Driftwood.

    Фу продавть это за деньги, чмо ты

  • Idfk Kiwi

    2nd comment :v

  • bandwidthzero

    last comment

  • Nukatron

    Are you using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro? Those pencil brushes are on point!

  • Proko

    Who has been your favorite person to caricature so far?

  • Jimmy

    PROKO – How To Draw Facial Features: Playlist


  • nosferatu5

    Good points. I do come across artists whose caricatures look like they took a liquify tool from photoshop stretched or pinched things around and then drew that. It always kinda bothered me, even though they were skillfully rendered, they were missing the charm that traditionally 'solving the face' gives.

  • Mengting Francis

    great analysis and drawing!

  • digitalArtform

    The smirk raises one nostril more than the other.

  • Emo Peter Parker

    This is so helpful, thank you!

  • sean o'haimheirgin

    To be honest, I think he got the mouth better. Yours was great until the mouth.

  • Shades Of Rad


  • blahblah blah


  • Julian Trembley

    My favorite is Jack Black from Tenacious D,day dreaming about wearing the pick of destiny around his neck,mic bursting into flames.I added vampire teeth on him.

  • John Carter

    Hi, I'm subscribing to the premium course but I can't locate the additional critiques you show in this video. Where are they located?

  • Jelly Bones 80

    The lost beatle.

  • Hugo Esteves

    This one is nice, but the Messi one, I really don't know what happened, the submited one really nailed the looks of the soccer player…

  • Veternity

    What kind of community to FaceBook cartoonists he says (if I understood correctly from the English)

  • Gorec Vladimirovich

    Dear Proko,now my problem — is legs.Can you help me with legs anatomy in the next video.Sank you😘

  • Paweł Sobolewski

    i don't know about these eyes… something about them (maybe the eyebrows) makes his facial expression look dead inside and smiling thru pain. the genuine amusement of the loopsided smirk is lost, even though the facial structure is better.

  • Mr.MaTheus Avelino

    muito bom apesar de não entender o que você fala por que sou um analfabeto quando se trata de inglês kkk mais aprendo prestando atenção no que você faz parabéns pelo trabalho ótimo profissional

  • Elli Maanpaa Art

    I didn't imagine it would be this interesting to watch a critique video. But it kinda makes sense even not being the one who has drawn that caricature. I think the student drawing looks cute though.

  • BeetleBUMxX

    I honestly have never studied anatomy in depth. I have a very general and more instinctual perception of it but nothing to advanced and I find I can draw things I have simply seen over and over really well. I personally don't get the whole learning anatomy to learn to draw idea. I find it a waste of time to learn anatomy to such depths as most people try to persuade me to learn. My real issue is not over thinking when I draw. Adding anatomical info on top of things sort of gets me hung up on details and I always tend to lose sight of what it is I am trying to capture in the drawing.

  • Daniel S

    For the next 'Drawing from Imagination' video, Stan should use one of those white text on blue field Windows Movie Maker captions with Dreamscape playing in the background.

  • Button- Glutton

    I love being the 100 of a number. I'm yo 600 like. That's a good number.

  • Irakli008

    Loving Court's videos on this channel. So glad you guys did this!

  • Jeff C

    Thanks, Mr. Brady

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  • Rafael Pereira Nogueira

    hello, very good. i have a question, this caricature is for a person who has a very distinc features, like hair and nose, i think this have a impact on drawing caricature, i think is more easy, and what about drawing a cariture from a person has a face all proportions right. u know, like your face, i think is more dificult.

  • Alberto Mota

    Whoa, not watching TBBT is like missing out on a space shuttle launch or never playing with a slinky on a spiral staircase or not tasting lime Jello!  I suppose you never ate an apple pie???

  • Alberto Mota

    Seriously, you are a great teacher.  I like your explanations of the tutorials and your connections with us.  Thank you sir.

  • Gio Trypsiani


  • Milena Disik

    In spanish please!!!!! Subtitles 😫😪💔 please please!!!!!

  • Lenora Brown

    I liked the student's better. He exaggerated the cheeks and the nose perfectly: however, the hair is better on your version.

  • Davidson Gomes

    channel Palavra Nerd. oh yeeah.

  • Kris Fox

    wollowitz, the austin powers of tbbt

  • Ben 2 seconds Askren

    The other guys was better

  • Caleb Wright

    What's the song

  • Griffin McDermott

    Why is Will Ferrell teaching me how to draw?

  • Gameoloupolis

    Kind of looks like Ben Affleck

  • Celso Santos

    Desculpe não sei falar inglês, mas mesmo assim aprendo muito com seus vídeos! Parabens

  • enkhuush bayaraa

    thank you

  • KID and I

    frankly the students work looks more like the actor but i agree about the bridge of the nose

  • So Soap

    Yours is MUCH better but the man who draws the original is a very good drawer !

  • Dhilkrishna Dkuz

    Which is the best computer for arist

  • Boredgamer

    I have a question though, the guy clearly does not have a long slim face, it is rather short and wide, so why would you draw his face as long and slim? That's like the opposite. That doesn't make any sense to me if the purpose of the caricature is to exaggerate the features.


    Hello Proko.
    Can you describe the kind of computer that you use.?
    Blees from Panamá.

    Puedes decir, Cual es el modelo de computadora que usas para las caricaturas.?

  • Carlos Trujillo

    Hello my name is Carlos Trujillo I am from Ecuador and english is my second language. Let me tell you, , I cosider you are GREAT! Congratulations by all ur works and precious drawings. I am an architect and i like to draw too. I make water color, charcol and oil ; principality. I consider my self as a good drawing i like to make portraits and i think i am good doing them , BUT since many yeras ago I had been trying to make caricatures but I couldnt. Untill i found ur precious lessons. I want to ask some things: are there faces which are really really difficult to make a good caricatures? and second question is: if i am 54 years old, dou think I am going to be good enought. I woudl liked to show u some of my drawings too.
    Thanks by u reading this and congratulations AGAIN.


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