Caricatures seemed to be all over the place when I was growing up. I have always wanted to try my hand at doing them, but I guess I doubted myself. I figured it would be a whole new set of rules to learn... too much to deal with. I mean, I had no idea where to begin... so I just went and did other things.
Actually, drawing a caricature can be boiled down to a couple of simple steps. 1. Over-emphasize a facial feature as you draw the head. 2. Draw a small body. Sounds easy, but it's actually pretty involved. You can't just put a big nose on someone and call it a day. You have to be able to connect that nose to the rest of the facial features in a believable way. You have to know how far you can push the elements of the face without losing the likeness. It's not as easy as it may seem.
I've dabbled in caricature drawing through the years, but I didn't really connect with the cartoon-like caricatures that I was seeing in newspapers and magazines. I was drawn to faces with lots of detail. I really wanted to create a more realistic version of what I was seeing. I eventually found a few artists doing more realistic caricatures, and I became very inspired by their work. I started experimenting, and I found that drawing caricatures was a pretty natural transition from drawing portraits. I really enjoyed manipulating the faces and creating something fun. Each caricature seemed to be a little better than the last. I suddenly realized that I wasn't doubting myself anymore. This was natural. This was pure joy.