Real Life vs. Cartoon Portrait

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 Red day DUE  Thursday, April 20th Blue day DUE Friday, April 21st

Essential Question(s):

1. What are the definitions of proportion & exaggeration?

2. What are the realistic proportions of a human face?                                                          

3. How can an artist exaggerate facial features and proportions?  

4. How can an artist create a cartoon portrait of an individual that portrays who they are?

Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. demonstrate their understanding of the Elements of Art and the Principle of Design, proportion, by creating a portrait of an individual with exaggerated facial features + proportions.

girl in barber seat


  1. a part or portion in comparative relation to a whole.
  1. to consider, represent, or cause something to appear as larger, more important, or more extreme than is actually the case; to overstate.

    EXAMPLES with graphite:



EXAMPLES with color:




SKBK 9 PREP (Google Classroom)

-You MUST have the real picture reference submitted on CANVAS. The picture must be one that has been taken by you or if it is a childhood picture of yourself or family/friend then someone else could have taken the picture. (YOU MAY NOT USE A PHOTO of someone you do not know or did not take the photo of – this eliminates celebrities and photographs from the internet)


-you MUST exaggerate @ least 3 features of the individual (bigger/smaller, longer/shorter, wider/thinner)

-you MUST include the background or something in the background or foreground to tell us about the individual and/or establish a figure/ground relationship. (In other words, your individual may not just be floating on your page!) 

-you must use 95% of the frame/composition (only 5% of your composition should be blank) If you have a small sketchbook, you will need to use a piece of paper measuring @ least 8.5 x 11 inches.


-open choice for medium!

graphite*watercolor*pen and ink*prismacolor markers and/or color pencils*mixed media*ink wash*pastels*sharpie*graphitint*and more…

NOTE: if you use graphite, you must have VALUE – use a shading technique of your choice: blending, cross-hatching or hatching!

Student Samples: