There are only few people, who are able to differentiate between the cartoon and caricature, as visual comparison does not show much of a difference, but technically, caricature is difficult to draw and takes a lot of time to master. A cartoon is a drawing or simply a two dimensional visual art. The idea behind the cartoon creation was to develop another new method that can express the story in a different way and which would encourage or motivate children to read or get engrossed in it with a lot of interest. A caricature is described as a portrait that has high features of a certain person. Caricature can be termed as an imitation drawing of a person, but expressed in fun and exaggerated manner.
A cartoon is an imaginary character drawn, to create and imply fun. Cartoon can be made of a human, animal, bird or anything. Cartoon can change or extend its boundaries till the imagination of the artist. Caricature is a cartoon created by using a person as a model and is also created for fun, but its appearance mainly depends upon the looks of the original person whose caricature is created. Caricature only is a distortion of some features of the person, so as a whole, the person still can be identified.
Both cartoons and caricatures can be used for various purposes and a lot of them are common. Newspaper articles, media, children storybooks, comic books, newsletters, websites, TV commercials and movies are different medium where the cartoons or caricatures can be used. Cartoons have become more associated with children and depict similar storylines such as good vs. evil. Today’s children show a lot of interest in the TV channels with cartoons. Caricatures do not require a set storyline, you can write an article about a person and add his/her caricature along to add a novelty and interest to the article. Most political caricatures are used to create controversy. Political caricatures are highly exaggerated and comic, mainly created to add a negative humor into the subject.
Caricatures are also be created for friends and family members for gifting. Caricature of the wedding couple on the wedding cake is a novel and fancy idea and has started becoming a new craze among the youngsters. Caricature of a wedding couple on the wedding invitations or caricature posters on the wedding venue is also a new trend. At the same time, posters of popular cartoon characters can be added to the birthday venues for children birthday parties. Famous cartoon characters on birthday cakes for children is not new.
Despite these differences, however, the word “cartoon” is still used as a popular synonym for “caricature”.