What is caricature?

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A caricature is a portrait, painting or cartoon that embellishes or twists certain features of a person or item to produce an easily identifiable visual likeness. Usually, in drawing a caricature from photo, the caricaturist need to choose either delicately mock or cruelly wound his subject. There is no doubt it’s simply a form of entertainment and amusement in which the cartoonist use their art to make a noteworthy social or political point.
Caricaturing process has been in existence since ancient period and has been evolving ever since with time and development. Making caricatures from photo has been recently started since the time the internet has been spreading its web across the globe.  A caricature now can also be used as means to capture beautiful memories of life like personal relationships, auspicious occasions and festivals etc. The caricature from photos is true art which have grabbed everyone’s attention.

Drawing a caricature from photo, a caricaturist draws on the natural characteristics of the subject (the big ears, long nose, etc), the get individuality (stoop, scars, facial lines etc.) and vanities (choice of hair style, spectacles, clothes, expressions and mannerisms) etc. If you truly want unique caricature, hand-painted, custom caricatures from photos. However, presenting a caricature as a gift has been started as a recent trend and people choose to go for a similar and portrait style caricature which is not exaggerated to an extreme and can make the person who has been gifted with happy. The memories preserved in the form of a caricature from photo lasts much longer and brings in a happy moments of past to the present.

Caricatures can be drawn for friends, relatives and to capture happy moments like birthdays, graduation, wedding and other people of group who could have come together for a purpose or as a group of friends. You can see a lot of different types of caricatures at Kalpart.com

An Introduction to Caricatures

The most recognizable characteristics of an individual is one’s facial features. Therefore it is not so much so the things that make a person look like everyone else but the quirks and uniqueness of one’s face. Lets take a well known public figure for an example. When one thinks of Mahatma Gandhi, the first image that comes to mind is a thin wrinkled face with gentle features and those iconic self made metallic wire frame glasses. It is therefore an art-form depicting someone memorable or someone beloved with the very features that make the said person’s identity unique to us. Thus an image that enhances these features of a person’s facial identity is termed as a caricature.

It is the finer details that characterise a caricature. Although not very obvious at the first glance but the enhancement of these features can define one’s personality and set the mood the image tries to convey. Journalism platforms do this on a regular basis to express certain personality traits of popular public figures. The most common muses for caricatures are political figures and actors as they can be depicted under various circumstances with the most recent events capturing their perceived images by an audience.

Caricatures have now become a very common study for artists and can be created to capture certain occasions and events on paper that usually can’t be depicted with a simple photograph. May it be a themed wedding or a birthday party a caricature can instil a certain aesthetic value to the individuals depicted in it. A skilled caricaturist can often depict events in a manner that can’t be perceived in a photograph. May it be the enhancement of facial expressions or just simple placement of shadows in certain areas along with personification of an individual’s features.

All illustrations depicted here were created by Kalpart. Not only is Kalpart dedicated to creating any and all types of caricatures it has been doing so for the last 8 years. For a quick review of the type of artwork created by Kalpart, visit www.kalpart.com