I thought, just for fun, I’d look for street caricaturists while on my trip through Italy and report back on a couple of things, including:
- If they have any stolen caricature samples up on their display (mine or anyone else’s I recognize)
- If they are any good
I’d include some pictures and get my caricature drawn in each city we visit, those being Venice, Florence and Rome. Here’s my report on Venice’s caricature artist community:
Venice Caricature Grade: F
Ordinarily I’d never give a live caricaturist less than a “D”, and I’d only give them that low a grade if they had nothing but ripped off samples on their display, and the kind that were printed right from the stolen art, not even attempting their own drawn version of it. However, I have to give Venice an “F” simply because there were no caricaturists anywhere. The Lovely Anna and I walked the city from stem to stern while we were there, and I only saw one caricaturist/portraitist the entire time we were there. That gentleman was set up only a little way down the edge of the Lagoon from Piazza San Marco. He gets an “F” because he wasn’t open when I stopped by to get one drawn, despite the area being packed with people. Boo!
Next up: Florence!