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25 February, 2002


Your 25 February, 2002 Communiqué


Howdy all!

Today I thought I'd just review a gang of other excellent drawing education
sites, caricature sites, cartoon sites and general art sites - in no particular
order but all small gold mines of information and great pictures. As I sped around
the web for ideas, I just got inspired seeing all the great art work and information
that's available. Believe me, this is only the tip of the tip of the tip of the tip
of the ice berg (there were 1,480,000 pages Google called up in response to
a "how to draw" search. Check 'em out:
by Sean Farrell

excellent class on composition and illustration for students - though as I return to it,
I see the proprietor no longer allows the free download. He will be offering a CD-ROM
version shortly, but it’ a site to keep your eye on (you can still find the downloads
available below at the World's Artist Directory) :

Which is a great lead in for a caricaturist/illustrator of growing renown:

Ed Steckley

I just get inspired by this guy's work - especially the Cindy Crawford piece
(I saw the original in San Diego 2 years ago - very impressive:

or Michelle Pfeifer:

Take your time browsing Ed’s site and really study his pictures - take the same
approach we've been preaching here: evaluate the pictures feature by feature first -
compare noses to noses, compare each nose, or ear, or chin, or eye, or dimple
or shape of the head, or hair piece, or side-of-the-nose shadow to the “ideal” of
Mr. Average (or even your version) of Mr. Average (or even Mr. and Mrs. Perfect).
Ask yourself is it bigger, wider, smoother, rounder, more geometric, skinnier,
fatter etc., here’s the home page:

Master of minimalist line drawings: Al Hirschfield
Need I say more? :

Pencil drawing

To continue along the confines of pencil art (because pencil and line drawing is
the parent of all other realistic visual art - it’s where ALL the masters cut their teeth) Learn
to draw with a pencil and everything else follows - a master from the Far East:

Studio 69 - make sure you check out the galleries (a short ways down from the top).
This gentleman has an amazing affinity for pencil and line drawings and is an outright
master of “finger tip fading and smearing” - you know, where you take your finger and
blend those penciled shadows into airbrushed perfection:

For the business end of the business: The Drawing Board

For those of you interested in the business end of illustration and with an interest
in more than just caricaturing: The Drawing Board - there’s always something to be
learned from any aspect of one art and even more to be learned when you start
“cross-pollinating” into other less related industries and arts. Check out this resource
(some great links on the “links” page):

More on Caricature

More mainstream media in orientation and less pencil drawings but nonetheless
inspiring, checkout “Celebrity Caricature in America”:

The World Artist’s Directory

Here’s a general art link: the World Artist’s Directory - they've removed a few of the
pictures - but many sections have links to the homesites of other artists. You can
get an entire rounded art education by just reading about the kinds of things people
draw/make art out of and the different categories of art:

They also have an art critique section where you can submit your art - be it mixed
media, film, even music for comment:

and they also have a free downloadable drawing lesson: (In fact this is the lesson
you can no longer download at the Sean Farrell site at the top of this page! I'd
get there before Mr. Farrell finds out :-) :

World wide drawing classes

For other drawing classes available all over the country, the continent, and the world
click on the next link and type in “drawing” with “art” in the search category:


There’s bunch of neat links at this page at New York University:

For example here’s a very middle-age/renaissance styled picture, but if you compare
the quality of line in this picture (link just below) to that of the art at  Studio 69 above
or to some of Ed Steckley’s drawings, you'll see the continuum of line use - how
similar (and how different) pencil can be used across all styles of drawing:

Cartoons - “Cartoon Dave” Hackett has a cartoon drawing book offering:

And while we’re on cartoons, check out Randy Glasbergen’s book at:


...and then this cartoon “How to draw Manga” lesson:

...and yet another cartoon drawing lesson:

and another:

and another:

(We won't get into the “caricature versus cartoon” debate. Suffice it to say
there’s a region where the difference is very thin.) These “Manga” pages offer
some simple, fun, uncomplicated and actually quite good short lessons.)

My recommendation is print out some of these pictures and flip them upside
down. Better yet, tape them upside down (so you can see the picture but
they’re literally upside down) and draw them upside down. This is great practice
for getting into the drawing mode.

Figure Drawing - Here’s a really informative site that concentrates on
 figure drawing (some inoffensive nudity):

And here’s some online lessons  - learning to draw faces  the Benecelli way:

Now, to get you geared back into drawing celebrities from pictures, see:

All these samples were drawn using the “grid” approach. ...Which you can get
a lot of practice in Lesson 15,  - Ani DiFranco - especially in Part IV :

And last but not least...

Kristen Ulve
- Entertainment weekly artist for an economy of style that walks
the line between caricature, cartoon and illustration:

So hopefully there's enough information there folks to keep you interested. Maybe
in the next issue we can drum up some marketing sites or ideas - we've had several
requests as of late to give this another look.

Take care and keep on drawing!


Jeffrey O. Kasbohm
Executive Director

(952) 920-9827
6920 Southdale Road
Minneapolis, MN  55435

"Once and for all  getting you drawing faces and caricatures"