I recently spent a day at LLBean's in Freeport, Maine drawing caricatures of dogs and their owners for their Dog Days Celebration. What fun! And no, the dogs didn't sit still!
- Practice drawing from life, spend a lot of hours drawing what you see and getting used to making mistakes- that's how you learn! Right?
- Practice drawing from other cartoon artists or caricaturists(not to claim as your own of course, but just to learn some techniques and iconic use of symbolic eyes, mouths, noses, etc.
- When you have your subject in the chair look at them to get an idea of unusual features- large or small eyes, large or particularly small nose, mouth, ears, and so on. Exaggerate some features ie-big ears get bigger, small eyes get smaller.
- Relax and enjoy! The more you practice, the better you get, no matter how long you've been drawing! Here is a video I like on getting a cartoon likeness!