Caricature and portrait painting master Sebastian Krüger is one of the most highly respected artists working in the field today. I’ve had the privilege of meeting him a few times at a couple of conventions for the International Society of Caricature Artists (formerly the National Caricaturist Network), and commissioned him to do the caricature of me above. Krüger rarely does caricatures anymore… these days he does mostly fine art paintings of pop culture celebrities for galleries. That’s a real shame as his caricature illustrations were mind-numbingly outstanding, but I don’t think he ever really felt like he was a caricaturist. He is obviously doing what he loves. One of the things he does these days is conduct small workshops on painting near his home in Germany. I’ve had several good friends and fellow caricaturists travel oversees to attend these workshops, and they all rave about it… gotta go to that one of these days.
Sometimes caricaturists are odd ducks, but even I was taken aback when I received an e-mail from a concerned Krüger supporter accusing one recent Krüger workshop attendee of making false claims about his participation in the class.
According to the complaint, Argentinian caricaturist Luis Ordoñez was simply one of 30 artists attending the September 2010 workshop. According to Ordoñez’s website, however, he does appear to be claiming he was actually a co-instructor at the workshop and taught caricature while Krüger taught portraits. Indeed, Ordoñez does seem to have gone around and had his picture taken with many participants of the workshop and then put captions below them indicating he was teaching them and not merely just another participant (these were sent to me in the e-mail I mentioned, and were taken from Ordoñez’s website and translated):
Even weirder are some PhotoShopped pictures like this one:
Ordoñez sells instructional DVDs and art lesson books on his website, so he is a legitimate teacher of caricature and cartooning… perhaps this is some kind of misunderstanding but it sure looks fishy to me. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but…
Some people are pretty hot over it, I can tell you. There is even a Facebook group dedicated to “exposing” Ordoñez’s “lies”.
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