Q: Ever had to do a convincing “bad” drawing–either for a tutorial or something like a child’s drawing? Every time I see a “bad” drawing done on purpose by a good artist, it always looks too… er… “good”… there’s good structure, good linework… it’s almost like the artist doesn’t know how to do a bad drawing anymore. How might you approach doing such a drawing?
A: Some people would say I don’t need any special approach to do a bad drawing… I just let my natural talent take over!
But, if I ever need to do something really, purposefully bad for some reason… a gag maybe or as you say a “kid’s drawing”, I do two things to attempt to get that look:
First, I try and think in visually inept terms… meaning I attempt to see objects and shapes as not only simplistic but to draw them inaccurately. A square has all four sides different lengths, and not at parallel angle, for example.
Second, I draw it with my left hand, and hold the pencil (or whatever drawing tool I am using) awkwardly with my palm up, or between my pinky and ring finger. That severe lack of coordination and control of the pencil helps a lot. Here’s an example of a recent spot illustration I did for MAD where I needed to make part of the drawing child-like and amateurish:
Anyway that’s how I do it when called to do it. And no, I didn’t use that approach for “Goodnight Batcave” despite how the art looks… haters.
Thanks to Chad Lehman 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!
257 Another great caricature workshop in the books! 2018 workshops planned for LA, Atlanta and Switzerland so far, with more to come. Visit tomrichmond.com/workshops for all the details!
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