Quite simply, a person who is talented in the skill of caricature is called a caricaturist. And by caricature we mean the portrayal of a person in a manner Caricaturist London such that his features are embellished to a great extent, in order to induce hilarity or amusement.
Examples of caricatures are numerous and can be found anywhere. A caricature could be the pictures of the politicians we see in newspapers; it could also be the picture of your child as a popular cartoon character, at his or hers friend’s birthday party.
It must however be clarified that caricature involves exaggerating in order to create the distorted portrait of a real living person. Merely drawing a cartoon of a fictional character is not caricature.
Being a caricaturist is not as easy as it sounds. Apart from the fact that it is absolutely essential to have in one’s kitty, the technical skills required for any artist worth his or her salt; he or she must and absolutely must have an aptitude for recognizing shapes and patterns a whole lot better than the typical artist.
A human brain is amazing in its inner abilities and powers and interpreting everything that one sees in terms of shapes and patters is a subconscious ability that is present in one and all. Successful caricaturists are those who can convert this subconscious ability into a conscious thought process.
The very understanding of these shapes and patterns along with the inter connection thereof is what leads an artist to gain control on them so as to exaggerate them or simplify them according to ones will in order to create the caricature.
Caricaturists find the satisfaction in what they do because what they do feels like having a power. The power to take anyone’s physical characteristics as the raw material and then alter it by adding one’s own opinion to it.
The two skill sets that one needs to develop in order to become a successful caricaturist are firstly the shape recognition ability and secondly the usual technical drawing skills that other ordinary artists possess.
One can also never underestimate the role of practice since it is the only thing that can make you from good to great. For a caricaturist, drawing anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere is an attitude which if developed can never fail you. Try keeping a sketchbook always at hand for this.