How to Become a Caricaturist

By The Arty Teacher - November 16, 1989

What is a Caricaturist?

A caricaturist is an artist who specializes in creating exaggerated and humorous illustrations that highlight distinctive features and characteristics of a person or subject.

What Skills does a Caricaturist need?

To become a caricaturist, you’ll need the ability to draw funny and exaggerated pictures of people, a keen sense of humor, and the skill to capture people’s unique features in a playful way. It’s like turning everyday faces into entertaining and goofy art!

What Qualification does a Caricaturist Need?

A caricaturist primarily needs strong artistic skills, often gained through formal education or practice. Proficiency in sketching and understanding facial features is crucial, allowing them to create exaggerated and humorous illustrations. Practical experience, like freelance work or event participation, helps refine their skills. Effective communication is valuable for interacting with subjects, and a successful caricaturist is known for a unique style and the ability to turn recognizable traits into amusing drawings.

Earning a Living

A caricaturist might have to consider doing other creative jobs alongside caricatures in order to make a living. This might include working as a portrait artist or other artist, illustration, political cartoons, art teacher, muralist or something else.

Caricaturist Booking Websites

Many characturists list themselves on booking websites where people can hire them for events. It’s a great way to get bookings and secure work.

What Next?

A student aspiring to be a caricaturist can start by taking art classes at school to learn drawing skills. Regular practice is essential to develop a unique caricature style. Joining an art club and attending workshops can provide more exposure and learning opportunities. Building a portfolio with diverse caricature work and sharing it on social media helps create an online presence. Volunteering to create caricatures at school events and participating in art competitions can provide hands-on experience and recognition. Connecting with professional caricaturists for advice, exploring digital tools, and studying the history of caricature art contribute to a well-rounded artistic journey.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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