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Caricature Artists & The Art of Caricature
Many professional artists have dabbled in caricature at one time or another. However, less than 800 artists in the world consider it their full-time profession. A caricature artist is also referred to as a caricaturist. Each artist uses experience and training to develop their own style. Caricature artists are not the same as a cartoon artist or cartoonist who typically create images of non-living or unreal subjects such as Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. A caricature is an image showing the subject in an exaggerated way. It is also common for the artist to simplify portions of the subject as well to help the viewer focus on the story of the caricature or the features the artist wants you to see. This does not mean the simple or small portions of the caricature don’t have meaning. Sometimes clues or important supporting information may be found in the background. Sometimes the exaggeration is in the small depiction.
Although there are similarities between a caricature artist and a cartoon artist, they are not the same. Some aspects of the art forms are interchangeable, but there are distinct differences between the two. A cartoon is a simplified and whimsical illustration of a person, animal or scenery. A caricature is specifically an illustration of a real person drawn in an exaggerated style to play up their unique features. Some may suggest that an artist can create a caricature of a car or animal. This is a true for a cartoon, but for it to be true for a caricature there needs to be a real life point of reference.
Not all caricatures are drawn in cartoon style. Some are extremely detailed, even life-like. Artist use different mediums to create a caricature such as pencil, markers or paint. The word caricature certainly has morphed into new meaning within the english language. People use it to mean a likeness or exaggerate version of person. Sometimes the word is used to mean over the top or a grotesque exaggeration.
It is easy to hire a caricature artist. There are a few good companies that represent artist from around the country. Goofy Faces is one of the leaders in the industry. Generally you hire an artist by the hour. The number of people at your event will determine how many hours you need to hire an artist. It’s perfectly acceptable to hire more than one artist for large events. Although most attendees will take a moment to watch the artist create drawings, expect about 60 percent of your guests to sit for a caricature.
A caricature is a wonderful gift and memory of your event.