I had been thinking about writing a post on why doing caricature focusing on nothing but ridicule and insult is different than doing caricature focusing on capturing the essence of the subject… but my buddy Ed Steckley beat me to it.
From Ed’s Blog:
Caricatures that are downright mean and nasty, for apparently no other reason than to be an outlet for the creator to freely (and passive-aggressively) be a jerk and go for a cheap laughs are, in my opinion, the lowest form of caricature. ¬¨‚Ä†They have nothing to do with satire OR parody, and frankly may be the least cerebral of all types of humorous illustration.
I couldn’t agree more with Ed’s comments. In some cases “capturing the essence” of a particular subject in caricature does demand you are derogatory or unflattering, but there is a big difference between doing what the subject calls for and bashing away without rhyme or reason.
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