New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein already taught you how to do “gesture drawing”, one of the most basic artistic techniques. In the video above, he focuses on faces, showing how the principle of “draw what you see” helps you capture someone’s identifying features.
[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/06/how-to-draw-like-a-new-yorker-cartoonist/” thumb=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/xPhGO0ZXpsI/0.jpg” title=”How To Draw Like A New Yorker Cartoonist” excerpt=”When all you know is stick figures, drawing feels like a mystical power. How do you even start to learn? New Yorker cartoonist Jason Katzenstein shows you how in this video drawing session.”]
My biggest takeaway here was how hard it is to draw what you actually see, and not start drawing what you imagine or assume. I drew Jason facing forward, when I was actually seeing him from an angle. That made it harder to accurately portray his face. In contrast, see how Jason foreshortened my eyes and gracefully captured the patchiness of my beard.
I also learned that if you ink too many of your pencil lines, you end up drawing a yeti. Sorry Jason! But to draw good, you have to draw bad first – and the goal seems so rewarding, for you and for others. When you can accurately draw someone’s face, they feel special because they feel seen – and you learn how to really see them.
Next, watch Jason explain how he draws cartoons.
[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/05/how-to-draw-cartoons/” thumb=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/05/drawcar-410×231.jpg” title=”How To Draw Cartoons” excerpt=”New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein taught you how to draw what you see. Then he taught you how to draw faces. In the new video above, he shows how he turns all these principles into caricatures for his cartoons.”]
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