Non-face caricature: Theory and workshop

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave

Place of Publication

Barcelos, Portugal


School of Arts and Humanities




Medley, S., & Mutard, B. (2017, July). Non-face caricature. Theory and workshop. In CONFIA 2017 Proceedings (pp. 253-263). Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave. Available here


Caricature is a cognitive capability that humans share. It aids in the recognition and recall of faces but also of non-face objects. Non-face examples are given here, including caricatures of typefaces, landscape and aeroplanes. Caricatures require their creators and beholders to compare a specific example of an item against a normal example for that class of items. The creator exaggerates the differences. The beholder recognizes the exaggerated depiction as representing the specific example. A short-cut to deriving the normal example is adopted from research into the field of human performance and expertise and put to work in the field of character design. The method is applied as the last step in a character design workshop developed by one of the authors. This variation on an earlier iteration of this workshop provided clarity for workshop participants to better enable them to caricature any nonhuman characters or objects created for their visual narratives. Further development of this process could be useful in the fields of comics and animation

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