What is a Caricature?

What is a Caricature?

A caricature is a drawing of a person that emphasizes their physical characteristics, and that shows off different aspects of their personality. Artists use caricatures for comedic value, or in a satirical form.

How Caricatures are Drawn

How Caricatures are Drawn

When an artist draws a caricature, the body is generally made to be smaller than the head. The head and face are usually drawn in an exaggerated way to show off the subject’s features.

Famous Caricature Artists

What is a Caricature?

Caricatures have been around for hundreds of years, and some have even been found in the writings of Leonardo Da Vinci. Modern artists like Sam Viviano and David Levine draw caricatures of celebrities and politicians.

Caricature as an Art Form

Caricature as an Art Form

Although it might seem silly, caricatures can be extraordinarily powerful icons. Artists have used caricatures for decades to show the public’s opinion of different public figures in a non-threatening way.