Drawing Details That Matter – Caricature Final Sketch

For this drawing, I’m working with Conte
charcoal pencil on smooth newsprint. And I drew the abstraction sketch very lightly
directly on this surface rather than underneath, because newsprint isn’t very easy to see
through. So for this final drawing, I’m drawing over
those rhythm lines, but adding more natural contours of the anatomy and even a bit of
variation in my line weight. I really like working with charcoal pencil
because I can use it on its tip, like a traditional pencil, or on its side, like a charcoal stick
when I have the tip sharpened to a long taper with about two inches of charcoal exposed. To sharpen a charcoal pencil like this, you
need to use a razor blade and sandpaper, rather than a traditional pencil sharpener. After drawing with it for a while like this,
it begins to feel very natural to switch between an underhand and overhand grip to achieve
different effects with the charcoal pencil. My strategy, after getting most of the line
drawing in place, is to shade in the darkest areas using broad strokes with the side of
the pencil. The dark values I do here in the beginning
are going to eventually be darker. I don’t want to jump ahead in the process
and risk going too dark too soon. After blocking in the dark shadow areas on
the head and face, I begin to work on the halftones of the skin. I try to work in large broad strokes and not
get too caught up rendering details yet. I’m just thinking about sculpting the forms
as simply as possible. Often you may see me outline a shape lightly
and then fill that shape with tone. Other times, I just add the tone with no outlining. For some shapes, especially those with hard
edges, drawing a light outline around an area that you want to shade helps you control exactly
where the dark tones will go. Ultimately it’s an artist’s use of hard
vs. soft edges that will give his or her drawings their distinctive style. Also of importance to an artist’s style
is how much an artist uses straight lines vs. curved ones. Your drawings can be highly realistic or highly
stylized by using lots of straights or lots of overly curved lines. It all depends on how you want to express
your ideas and how you interpret forms. Looking back now, one of the things I should
have done at the beginning is block in an overall tone across the whole face. Since Whoopi has a darker complexion, it might
help save time, and help unify the shading of the head. At this stage of the drawing, there are a
lot of small areas of light and dark on the face that create an uneven patchwork of values. And I think it is causing me to get bogged
down shading in one small area and then moving to another small area – which in the end,
will cost me a little more time than I needed to spend than if I had shaded in all of the
head and hands first, with an average halftone. To pull highlights out of the halftone, a
light pass with a kneaded eraser usually does the trick. And as long as the charcoal halftones aren’t
too dark, erasing them doesn’t cause smudging or flatten out the natural grain of the paper. That only happens when you try to erase an
area that has been shaded very darkly with the charcoal. Now, for the next few minutes, sit back and
watch the drawing take shape. Make note of how I’m holding the pencil
to achieve different types of strokes. This caricature provides a bit more challenge
because I’m including the hands. And on top of that, they are clasped together
with fingers interlocking, which can get a little confusing when drawing them. But I’ve developed the hands and fingers
over a few different steps, taking my time to first get the big shapes right and then
moving on to the details and individual fingers. Now is the point where I add shading and realistic
contours. The thing to remember about drawing hands
and fingers is to try and indicate strong plane changes from knuckle to knuckle. When the finger bends at each knuckle, there
will be a change in value. You don’t have to add a lot of detail to
hands to make them look convincing. Just think about the forms as if they were
flattened out cubes and cylinders. And if they are drawn accurately with proper
shading, they will help convey the personality or emotions of the subject. The charcoal pencil is a fantastic medium
to work in because of how versatile it is. As I mentioned at the beginning, it can be
used on its tip to create thin and thick lines for your contours and cross hatch effects,
or on its side to produce broad strokes in a wide range of values from light to dark. This means that you have a lot of control
over how your edges look; much like an oil painter. A properly sharpened charcoal pencil is the
drawing tool that is most like working with a brush. It’s a great medium to help bridge the gap
between drawing and painting. The last few things I do in this drawing is
even out the tones by adding more shading over large areas as well as smudging some
spots with my finger to blend and soften some edges between shapes. In the premium section check out several videos we’ve posted showing some long caricature renderings with pencil, charcoal and digital sketching. For the shortest route to Caricature town, these videos are the express way. Get your ticket at proko.com/caricature If you enjoyed this video, share it, and tell your friends! And if you want to get updates on new videos go to proko.com and subscribe to the newsletter


  • D P

    Those are some beautiful lips.

  • nellyyy lovee


  • Francisco Jairo

    Show! !

  • Francisco Jairo

    Show! !

  • Zenny LZ

    This is incredible

  • Flash


  • SylenDraws

    Not really a fan of caricatures they kind of hit the uncanny valley for me

  • Haji Draws


  • Love & Hate Equally

    this is amazing!!

  • superanidrawings

    Fantastic! Really like your work!

  • Mauricio Rebolledo

    Beautiful style!!! Greetings from Venezuela ^^

  • John F Willis

    Brilliant work! Caricaturists have my undying respect in that they are able to "GOOFY-UP" a person's face yet still make it absolutely recognizable as that person's face. This is an excellent example of that. VERY well done!! I get "IT"!!

  • GraphicVio1ence

    "Too dark too soon." lol The story of my life… to be honest, I don't practice enough.
    Thanks for all of the wonderful content.

  • Rene Mejias

    dat foodwishes theme tho!

  • Deplorable Cat

    I thought this was supposed to be a characature? this looks more like a portrait.

  • Aizen

    i like that 😀

  • Jimmy

    Dear Social Justice Internet warriors,

    Please go back in this series where, with a few antisemitic strokes of his pencil, Mr. Jones emphasizes Gene Wilder's large nose in a caricature.!! We all need you to dig up racism where there is absolutely none because your virtue signalling on art tutorial videos inspires us all to be the best we can. Your political correctness is what human kind deserves. In fact I'm getting a little tired seeing these artists drawing on white paper. Why do they never use black paper? Or yellow paper for that matter?

  • Rodney Woods

    He made Whoopi Golberg look like the Black Grinch who stole Christmas.

  • DMitsuki


  • Jacobi

    Very nice work! Keep drawing how you see the face. It's sad to me that people can dismiss great artistry because they feel it's "racist".

  • Anthony Pichiule Guzman

    Subtitulos en castellano porfabor

  • Wendy Scott


  • fuok ir

    very amazing drawing and likeness, the process is so enjoyable to watch

  • Sighborg Guy

    The whole time I was watching this I was dreading the end of the video and scrolling down because we're in the bubble wrap era and white upperclass SJW are getting ready to be offended on behalf of other people again.

    The entire point of caricature is to find details of the face and heavily exaggerate them to a goofy degree, it wasn't a problem for you in the last videos why is it now?

  • ilili

    These caricatures are endearing.

  • Peter Jackson

    Love it !!!

  • Andy hoff

    I'm an artist too.
    Lol some SJW will call this racist.

    now draw a caricature of Muhammad! 😁🤣 so Muslims will freak out and threaten your life.

  • Andrew Inman

    Nice explanation and finishing of the caricature. If I saw this drawing I'm a comic or cartoon, I would have instantly thought of Whoopi Goldberg.

  • D1E5ECT


  • alia go

    She reminds me her role of Cheshir cat from some old version of Alice in Wonderland movie on this drawing=))) Love her)

  • Big-Ass Red Bird

    "Draw more minorities!"
    Draws minorities
    "That's racist!"

  • Mnnes

    Are you guys stupid? Caricatures are meant to depict the subject in an exaggerated and silly way, look at any other caricature drawing, just because he made a few features bigger doesn't mean he's referring to stereotypes.

  • Colin Wiens

    God himself is racist for giving some black people big lips and a big nose


    To all of those complaining-

    Look at his art style on many of his pieces. He has a super cartoony and exaggerated style. Don't think it is this drawing being singled out because she's a woman, or because of her race. It is not offensive. Just because a few features are exaggerated for the sake of his style does NOT mean he is being offensive in any way shape or form.

  • A Lewis

    This is really racially insensitive. Truth. If you can't find thoughtful ways to approach subjects that are in the racial minority you have my permission to skip them. You are getting complaints because you did a racist, horrible, offensive job… Also, this sensitivity your fans complain about… was created by white privilege's insensitivity.

  • A Lewis


  • Tuấn Mẫn Bin

    king kong wife

  • theQiwiMan

    Love these videos so, so much! Court is the freakin MAN! 😀

  • theQiwiMan

    Holy crap! Do not read the comments. LFMF

    Racist idiots who see everything as racist are even more racist than the openly racist idiots the racist idiots are complaining about.

  • mimi m

    wtf there is really people with nothing to do more than only criticizing this video? O_______________o

  • Mehrunes Dagon

    I like how the comments went from "That's racist! i'm offended" straight to "It's not racist, and you're way too easily offended".

  • Danilo Ferreira Artes e Ilustrações


  • Jeff C

    Whoopie is rich and you're not. good bye.

  • Terrance Blakely

    he's really good

  • Sebastião Vieira


  • LadyLuckyLu

    Beautiful! 👏

  • Shannon Lee

    Firstly, I'm white. What bothers me about this isn't whether of not the exaggeration choices are racist but how dismissive Court is of the criticism. At least one of the comments is quite well reasoned in it's critique when you do some research into historical caricature of black people and yet, as with the 'spirit animal' debacle, Court has not only entirely dismissed the issue without apparently considering the criticisms at all, he has also pinned inflammatory, condescending responses to the 'SJW's. Honestly, that is what makes me find him disrespectful. All that people really want is for others to be prepared to listen and consider peoples concerns, even if they don't end up in agreement. Here, he's chosen to be dismissive and inflammatory which has led to more devision. The unprofessional response strikes me as off-brand for Proko… It's quite unattractive.

  • B

    Dude, this is wrong on so many levels LOL.

    When you draw Asians do you give them hyper slanted eyes?
    Be sensible.

  • Efren Urizar

    Proko, son of the Terry Thomás. Jajaja jajajajaja.

  • OnkelBermuda

    Great drawing!

  • 2k Purp™

    Lol She looks cute

  • Gene Wes

    insanely racist drawing this channel is so wrong


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