Q: I really love your book on how to draw caricatures. It’s the only one I’ve ever found that actually attempts to explain the thinking behind how to exaggerate the face. Do you have plans to write more books? Maybe about how to exaggerate anatomy or cartooning in general?
A: First, thanks for the kind words about my book. I’m very glad you liked it.
As for other books, “never say never” but I do not foresee any more how-to books in my immediate future. Some of that is because of the time involved. The Mad Art of Caricature! took a long time to put together, and I can’t imagine finding the time to do another one.
Mainly, though, I am not sure I would have enough new things to say about topics like anatomy or storytelling that others have not already said better than I ever could. I wouldn’t want to write a book just rehashing the same concepts and techniques you find in most how-to cartooning books. I felt I had enough of a unique approach and perspective on caricature to bring some new things to the table in a book. I’m not sure about my expertise in other areas.
Thanks to Steve Malroy for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
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