Drawing Harrison Ford – Caricature Sketch Example

The Thumbnail Sketch Since we never published my thumbnail sketch
process for Harrison Ford, we’re including them here. So just to review, the main goal in a thumbnail
sketch is to simply figure out what direction I want the caricature to take – what the concept
of the exaggeration will be. It’s kind of synonymous to a writer’s outline
for a novel or screenplay. It is quick and only contains the major plot
points, but is enough to give an idea of the direction that the story will take from the
beginning to the end. I’ve decided that the main theme of this caricature
will be his crooked nose and mouth. In fact, even his eyes are asymmetrical. One is much smaller and squinty than the other. So that will be the common thread in all of
my thumbnail sketches. I try several different head shapes, to see
what is funniest, but I know that in each one, I need to retain those crooked facial
features, or I’ll lose the likeness. By my third sketch, I feel like I’m finally
loosening up and being more creative with the head shapes. With Mr. Ford, I think a wide variety head
shapes could be successful, just as long as I stay true to those crooked features that
are so dominant and distinctive on him. With other people, the head shape is more
important to get right, but with others, like Indiana Jones here, the facial features are
what tell the story. On this, my final thumbnail sketch, I decide
to go with a head shape that’s not really based on what I’m seeing in the photo. His cheeks and jaw are not that wide. But stereotypically, the thing that distinguishes
an older man from women or children are a long, wide lower face. So I’m really exaggerating the head shape
of his character type here, rather than his individual head shape. I felt like I could get away with it, as long
as the features are represented accurately. Light and shadow play a huge part in revealing
the forms of any likeness, so my thumbnail sketch, quick and sloppy as it is, still has
some indications of shadow. Just enough to get the point across. The Rough Sketch For my rough sketch, I decide to trace over
my original thumbnail. Sometimes I set the thumbnail sketch to the
side and try to copy it freehand. But whenever the thumbnail sketch is resolved
well enough, I usually do a tracing where I try to improve the structure and likeness. So to improve the structure, I use a centerline
to help guide the placement of the features, and I slow down, overall, compared to how
I drew the thumbnail. Also, when drawing the features, I’m much
more deliberate and careful. In this sketch, the quality of the shapes
matter a lot more than they did in the previous sketch. In the thumbnail sketch, I drew the features
in a kind of shorthand, like how I might scribble notes for the outline of a story. But now, I’m writing the actual story, from
my scribbled notes. The head and features need to be more fleshed
out and resolved, just like the story’s characters should be. But if they’re not fully resolved and extremely
detailed yet, that’s okay. I’ll polish them up in the next draft, which
we’ll get to in the next lesson on the Abstraction. I hope my writer’s analogy isn’t becoming
over labored. I do see a lot of parallels in the creative
process between the writer and the artist. Now, I’m fairly happy with the shapes and
am using some simple cross hatch shading to fill in the shadows and define the halftones. In order to make a judgment call on the success
of this rough sketch, I like to have a bit more definition of the forms. I don’t want to leave just the outlines, because
it would feel too cartoony and simplistic. Since my finished drawing or painting will
be realistically painted or shaded, sculpting the forms with halftones and shadows helps
lay the groundwork for what I’ll be doing later. And sometimes, those indications of plane
changes help clarify the likeness even more. But now, I do something I don’t always do
with a rough sketch, I flip it in reverse to check for structural problems. And then instead of erasing and redrawing
the lines, I take the sketch into Photoshop’s Liquify window, to make subtle changes to
the existing shapes. I’m not normally a fan of the Liquify tool,
because it can be abused to create an unstructured blob. So I’m careful about not overdoing it. In this reverse view, I see all of my unintentional
asymmetries. The only thing I really wanted to be crooked
where his fleshy features. Not the structure of his skull. So I do my best to push and pull the shapes
of the head until they feel right. The technique of reversing your drawing to
find problems is an extremely helpful one, and you should whenever you can. It’s amazing to discover how many skewed shapes
and unintended distortions were hiding in plain sight. When drawing, many of us tend to not see those
things until we view the sketch with fresh eyes. Taking a break and coming back to it after
a while is also helpful, as is standing back and viewing the drawing from a distance. Here, I’m using the Liquify tool to change
the facial expression. I’m making the smile more extreme. I even used it earlier to make the nose more
crooked and the eye on the left more squinty. As long as I keep the Liquify cursor large,
and I don’t push the features too far, it won’t have a liquified look. If you have to push the features really far
to correct them, you should probably just redraw the lines or move them with the selection
tool. The Liquify tool is only good for small nudges. And now, because this caricature featured
so many crooked and asymmetrical features, I draw some vertical and horizontal guidelines
to help me better judge the structure of the rest of the head. Satisfied, that the structure is reasonably
even, I can now move on to the next step.


  • Akon

    Awesome drawing 11/10

  • Creativity Pb

    Wow sir😘

  • Klasicna Jovana

    I like to draw with you, I've progressed with you. thank you

  • Djuki Art

    Thank you for this wonderful and awesome video. You are an inspiration for me and my drawings. You can check it ou on my channel

  • joselyx98

    very nice drawing! Harrison is one of my favourite actor. Greetings from Spain! 😀

  • LzdBern

    This was interesting to watch, thumbs up!

  • alejandro esteban diaz conias

    I just like to see you draw.

  • Joey Scerbo

    I was scrolling, and I thought the thumbnail was Bill Clinton (I wrote "thumbnail" as he said it, btw).

  • Joey Scerbo

    3:53 looks like Obama from the neck down

  • Nett

    Hey ! Im french !

  • Haji Draws

    harrison ford looks my teacher

  • Liam Hudson

    Shit I'd love to draw on a tablet with photoshop and be able to manipulate things that easily

  • Cornerro

    great chevy chase caricature!

  • Kitslams Art

    Always loving your caricatures, seriously awesome!

  • Xu Blake

    Eyes are not quite right that's why it looks more like Prince Charles rather than Mr Ford.

  • k_y

    If you don't work digital, to spot mistakes it's also helpful to look at its reflection in a mirror or flip the drawing upside down. 🙂

  • Piepaws Art

    Draw caricature of yourself, that would be really interesting!

  • K 2 da π

    i noticed a funny effect when watching this on my phone. the right picture seems to turn red and green from time to time.
    thats it. bye.

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  • Brian Agar

    Did you use photoshop brushes for this? if so would you mind sending a link to the download?

  • AprendendiendoDibujo

    esta genial suscrito c:

  • Fakih_art

    can you watch my video of Superman ?

  • Sasha Pokhvalin

    I just found out that in the last version of photoshop liquify uses facial recognition algorithm to modify independent features. Like if you want to make your character smile, you can just use two neat sliders in the corners of his mouth. I know it will not replace drawing or anything, but I wonder how can it be used in caricature drawings. What do you think?

  • Uglatto

    I'm sorry, but this is one of the most generic caricatures I've ever seen. You can't teach the "correct" way to caricature someone the same way you can teach other drawing fundementals

  • misterDVader

    Indiana Jones my ass. It's Han Solo!

  • Yellow

    0:18 Looks like a peanut.

  • Frances Luck

    I spent three years at two art schools and nobody taught us drawing and certainly not how to use watercolour acrylics or oils, though I had a successful career designing, illustrating and painting. I do wish you had taught at either of my colleges, it would have made my career go much more smoothly. I really enjoy your videos and your talent. I think you may have followed a formula by drawing his basic face shape as long and thin and particularly narrow across the eyes. To me his face is broad and his eyes almost closed in that wide grin. He is chunky and broad and so is his face, not long and thin. I'm going to use your method and try him a different way. Thank you so much for your tutorials.

  • TudoDroid win

    very nice drawing!

  • James M

    What software do you use

  • Jordan Vine

    so good! Harrison is a tough one to caricature

  • Horacio Tavares

    Linguagem português plis

  • Bilal Abdul Majeed

    what sort of brush you use for your rough sketch or thumbnail sketch!

  • Jagannath Gaikwad

    i like your draw very nice


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