Lots of refashions happening but none at the finished stage so this week I’m focusing on the caricatures I’ve been doing. I don’t get a lot of time for art at present and its become an issue as you would know from my other entries that I see art and the creation of it as similar to breathing, us artists simply must create to feel any sense of being. I’ve found a small window of opportunity in my lunchtime breaks at work and manage to get a caricature created in that short time span each week. The use of watercolour means it dries quickly and I don’t have to worry about getting in the way of the other staff sharing the small area we have.
This week I chose Miley Cyrus, a colourful character with unusual hairstyle choices and a constant desire to poke out her tongue, making her otherwise pretty but generic features much easier to personalise!
I’ve been at this for seven weeks now and these are some my victims
My favourite so far John Key
I know Ive got a long way to go before Im really good at these, but for now Im having fun trying to capture people and immortalise them in caricature style. Any ideas on who do next please let me know, Im always open to suggestions!
Caricatures: The Art of Exaggeration and Satire
Caricature is a form of art that involves exaggerating the physical features or characteristics of a person or object to create a humorous or satirical representation. It is a type of drawing or illustration that uses distortion, often to the point of absurdity, to highlight certain traits or personalities. Caricatures can be found in editorial cartoons, advertising, entertainment, and social media.
History of Caricatures
The roots of caricature can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where hieroglyphs depicted individuals with exaggerated features. However, it was during the Renaissance that caricature began to emerge as an art form. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer created drawings that distorted human faces and bodies for artistic purposes. In the 18th century, caricatures became famous as political and social commentary in England. James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, and George Cruikshank were some of the most famous caricaturists of the time.
Caricatures continued to gain popularity in the 19th century with the advent of the lithographic printing process, which made it easier to reproduce images in large quantities. In addition, the rise of mass media and the development of newspapers and magazines provided a platform for caricaturists to reach a wider audience. In France, Honoré Daumier and J.J. Grandville created satirical caricatures critical to the government and social classes. In the United States, Thomas Nast used his caricatures to support the abolition of slavery and expose corruption in politics.
There have been many famous caricaturists, each with a unique style and approach. Here are some of the most notable:
Caricatures continue to be a popular form of art and satire today. They provide a way for artists to express their views on politics, society, and culture in a humorous and often insightful way. Whether used for entertainment or social commentary, caricatures remain a unique and fascinating form of art.
Posted: Sunday 31 March 2013