I received a great email today from a fellow caricaturist/illustrator who hails from Russia, telling me a story of how he got inspired to draw caricatures as a kid by a series of stickers featuring caricature art that came in packages of chewing gum:
That is pretty cool. . . except of course that these stickers are all examples of copyright infringement. There are a lot of my old, OLD caricature samples, as well as a John Kascht, a Sebastian Kr?¬?ger, what I think is a Ben Burgraff and two (Hugh Grant and Gerard Depardieu) that look familiar but I do not recognize the artist. The copyright theft is not this person’s fault, of course. Possibly the highest compliment you can receive as an artist is when someone says you were one of those whose work inspired them to become an artist themselves.
By the way, the artist who sent me this is Ilia “Kunicz” Shubin, and he does some terrific work which you can see here.
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