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Introduction to Caricaturing

Introduction to Caricaturing

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Vincent Woodcock


This course is an introduction to the art of the caricature. The methods of caricaturing are broken down into simple steps and techniques, such as implied personality, proportion, exaggeration and distortion. You will be shown how to achieve various techniques of achieving humorous likenesses through both practical classroom exercises and the study of renowned caricaturists such as Gillray, Searle, Griffin, Low, Hirschfeld, Scarfe, Steadman and Bell.

Drawing from life, photographs and memory you will use a variety of media including pencil, pen, brush, market and collage to create your caricatures with an emphasis on professional illustration techniques.

Topics covered:

•    Drawing Skills
•    Achieving a Likeness
•    Different illustration techniques
•    Satirical drawing
•    Humorous portraiture
•    Masters in the field


By the end of this course you will have advanced your skills in drawing exaggerated likenesses for humorous, satirical or illustrative purposes and have produced a portfolio of caricatures to take away with you.

Who should take this course:

This course is suitable for students of all levels who are interested in humorous or political illustrations and cartooning.

All levels

Entry requirements:
Some basic experience of drawing faces or making cartoons.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Vincent Woodcock learned animation from Richard Williams and Art Babbitt, co-directed Disney's "Duck Tales The Movie", sequence-directed on "The Tigger Movie", and was an animator and character-designer on "Space Jam". His idents and promo's for Cartoon Network have won Promax awards, and he has designed characters for many theatrical and TV animated productions. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Time Out and Fortean Times, and he is the author and illustrator of "How To Draw And Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters". He is currently working on his own graphic novel.

Read an interview with Vincent on the Short Courses blog here.


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • A4 photocopy paper
  • HB, 2B and 4B pencils
  • Caran d’Ache non-photo blue sketcher pencils
  • Drawing pens of your choice (black ink only)
  • Windsor and Newton series 7 number 2 or 3 brushes (or equivalent)
  • Black ink

  • Available dates