How to Sketch Heavyset Body Types - Caricature

How to Sketch Heavyset Body Types – Caricature

John Goodman is one of my favorite actors and he's just awesome I have lots of respect for him and his work he also happens to be a good example of a heavy body type that we can caricature the first thing I do for the gesture portion of this drawing is to indicate the size of the head followed by the movement of the post as shown by that long centerline even though he's just standing in place they're still movement to his pose his hips are jutting out to the left so his head torso and legs form a slight S curve which was traditionally called the contrapposto pose the angle of the shoulders and hips contradict each other similar to Michelangelo's David if there is even a slight indication of action or movement in a static pose like this it's always good to exaggerate that motion it will help make your figures look more dynamic to exaggerate his body type elongate the torso as well as widen the body at the hips the effect of corpulence is heightened also by a smaller head I want to make him appear like a mountain of a man almost of an epic stature I actually saw him in person ones that a frozen custard shop in st. Louis and he was a very tall and imposing presence if you're able to meet your subjects in person celebrity or not be observant take mental notes on your impressions of their physicality because there's no better teacher than direct observation from life now that I'm well into the rough sketch portion of this drawing I'm figuring out some details like the folds and the clothing the t-shirt is stretched tightly across his torso while the pants are large and overly baggy that combination further helps give the impression that he's a mountain of a man wide at the bottom and small at the peak shaving the belly is sort of like shading a spear whenever you're on the early stages of a drawing I always try to think of the forms as simple geometric volumes like spheres and cylinders the clothing gets draped or stretched over those forms with folds and wrinkles converging at points of tension like a shoulder elbow or hip studying drapery in folds is a whole subject unto itself if you're not extremely familiar with the rules of drapery just rely on your observation skills and think about the forms underlying the clothing as with my other body sketches in this lesson I don't spend too much time working on the likeness in the face my main goal here is to get a likeness in the body I want to stress the power of the shape and proportions of the body to help capture a subjects likeness if you think for a moment about how you're able to recognize a friend or a family member in a crowd from a great distance from behind it's the body that you see first not the face when you think about that it becomes clear how important the body shape and posture if someone really is so it's worth it to invest more time on the bodies in your drawing drawing the body well not only helps communicate the subjects likeness but also their attitude and personality if you're doing a caricature for editorial illustration the pose is also usually important to the story or gag being presented and then you face the challenge of either finding a photo of your subject in the right pose or you'll need to photograph yourself or a model but then change the physique in your drawing so that it looks more like the subjects body that's a practice we may go over in a future video down the road in the premium section I show how to caricature children voluptuous women doughy middle-aged men elderly people Prokopenko people we don't spare anyone feelings if you enjoyed this video share it and tell your friends and if you want to get updates on new videos go to to the newsletter

30 thoughts on “How to Sketch Heavyset Body Types – Caricature”

  1. I was sooo stressed the entire vid wondering why your voice sounded so different…then I saw the person at the end and everything made sense.

  2. It is a shame that this video is listed on the Proko channel.
    Totally not good in all senses.

    If you were catooning… the resemblance does not match.
    If you were doing a caricature … the features looks like a mutated Gaben..
    If you were teaching a body-structuring process… it is a total distortion.
    BUT If you were trying to have fun.. well, you have won!

  3. Hi Proko, I have curious about skin colors. Could you help me with video tutorial what the colors use for skin, especially for asian skin tones. Btw I'm interest in photography but have a problem to enhance skin tones in post production

  4. Hey!! Just found your old tutorials from 2012, and I love the funny faces you make and how you use you real head to pin the examples to. It really helps to see how it all works in relation to a 3D figure. Aka – you staring awkwardly under the camera while planning your edits~

  5. Tricky thing about modeling for oneself and changing the physique is when you're actually built LIKE a short John Goodman. I've been of use in drawing Jack Black and William Jennings Bryan so far, out of all the people I've caricatured. Ain't no way to get to Tiger Woods or Captain America from one of my poses 🙂 Oh wait – I did draw John Goodman, and I was able to use my arm and hand for that one.

  6. You made the head too round, jaw too short and mouth to narrow to look anything like Goodman who has a wide mouth and pear shaped head in reality. If you're making a John Goodman caricature, then just draw Fred Flintstone. It's fail safe.

  7. "There's no better teacher than observations from life"… So whyy do you draw him in a different pose? his left shoulder isn't up like that.

  8. hey just wanted to say I enjoyed the video and thank you for taking the time to cover a fat subject and do so with respect. I'm fat and want to incorporate more fat folk in my artwork and its a hard topic to Google because ppl are garbage and just about everything on the internet relating to fat people is more focused on making fun of us than anything else.

  9. hii…

    I donno whether ill get a reply from you or not
    still asking you to upload some videos on human body perspective from top…bottom


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