Here we go again! That’s a Sebastian Krüger Marilyn and Stallone
I saw no caricaturists at all in the small towns in Tuscany I have vistied that last few days… so sorry about the delay in more observations. That said, here we go with another ridiculous caricature report from Italy, this time from the city of Rome!
I found a huge group of artists gathered in Piazza Navona, which is where the famous Bernini designed “Fountain of the Four Rivers” is located.
That’s Joe Bluhm’s Tom Cruise… I think that’s a Court Jone’s Einstein.
Several repeat samples on another artist’s cart???
Krüger’s Michael Jackson…
In general, I found no one with a printed rip-off of a caricature straight from the internet. However, virtually everyone had at least one example up that was redrawn from a recognizable source—including a couple of mine:
Whoops, that’s an old Tom Cruise of mine. I know that Clooney from somewhere… Vizcarra?
The Italians love my Julia Roberts… Anna says it’s because she was in some movie set in Italy.
That Whoopie Goldberg is a bad copy of an other of mine
Got one drawn by one of the friendlier and (I thought based on the samples) better artists:
Me in the hot seat!
I have to break my Rome caricature report card into two grades:
Caricature work: C. The one I had done was the best attempt at a real caricature I got in Italy, as opposed to the super stylized, cookie-cutter sort of stuff I’d seen in Florence and (briefly) Venice. However, while I’d give the caricature perhaps a low B, the overall grade is dragged down by the hideous body on this drawing. Are those hands, or bubbles at the end of my arms?? Yikes, that body is a total afterthought. I’d have cut him some slack if there was a long line, but I was it for the foreseeable future.
Caricature displays: D-. This was saved from an F by the absence of any printed work straight from the web, but almost every artist had giant, full color samples up and yet no one worked in color (the 10 Euro price had a small “no color” by it in all cases. Talk about false advertising! Also lots of redrawn rip-offs… sigh.
This concludes my Italian caricature reports… I want to put a disclaimer here to say that I know several EXCELLENT Italian caricaturists so the work I have seen and have reported on should in no way be interpreted as saying there are no really good caricaturists in Italy. I just didn’t see any outstanding ones on my travels.