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Lenn Redman The Inspiration for Art Therapy

Part of my art therapy, along with drawing the Mental Health Humor cartoons, is doodling. In fact, this is when I get inspiration for many cartoons, and it also helps me stay focused.  I try to doodle a few times a day.  The worse my day gets, the more I doodle and draw, I.E. ART THERAPY.

This was one of the doodles below.  I was reading over my new book from cartoonist Lenn Redman. You can see by comparing my drawing and Mr. Redman’s that I added my own little twists.

Lenn Redman’s book How To Draw Caricatures (Chato’s rendition)

Below, you can see the page 80 of the book How To Draw Caricatures that inspired my homage to Lenn Redman.

About 2 months ago, I was thrilled to find a caricaturing book at a local thrift shop.  I thought it was a gem.  I’ve been teaching myself how to draw caricatures off and on for a few years now. I’ve drawn them each May for my Cartoon-a-thon for Mental Health Month in 2010 and 2011.  Finding this book in the pile was like finding a needle in a haystack!

I had to censor it a bit with a black marker on a few pages since Mr. Lenn Redman drew a page cartoons charters nude anatomically correct in all their splendor with everything that bounces or hangs.  This was to show body types and whatnot. Still, we have very impressionable children that I know would see this book so I thought it would be to prudish to put underwear on the caricatures that were nude.  Good thing this was not The Joy of Sex book, then I would need to buy more black markers.

In any light, what I had was my first book on how to draw Caricatures.  From reading the forward I also found out that Lenn Redman was a caricaturist at the 1933 Worlds Fair, Cartoonist for Walt Disney Studios, an animator for Fantasia, Porky Pig, Hanna-Barbara  and the  Author of ‘How To Draw Caricatures‘.

This book is a jewel in my repertoire of drawing tools. It has/will continue to help me to improve my artistic skill for the mental health humor cartoons.  

Leonard Redman (1912 Chicago –1987 Los Angeles)


His son Mark built this site: The life of Lenn Redman

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Lenn Redman The Inspiration for Art Therapy

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2011). Lenn Redman The Inspiration for Art Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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