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Unique Gift Item – A Beautiful Caricature

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

A caricature is a unique rendition of an image based on an existing person. It is a form of art that draws a real person, but with a surprise emphasis on some body parts – usually the head. The purpose is to create a comic or grotesque effect. A caricature can be tricky sometimes. The artist must be provided with some information about the subject’s characteristic traits. The person in a reference photograph from which the caricature will be based on may be a good listener. Therefore, the artist may focus on the ears for emphasis. The person may be an intelligent guy. Therefore, the artist may emphasize big eye glasses or most likely a big head. The person may be a body builder. The artist will obviously emphasize those arms and legs.

A caricature is a unique form of art because it carries some kind of REALITY. That reality is over-emphasized in an artistic execution of a beautiful drawing. Hence, beautiful caricatures are unique gift items that are given to loved ones in special occasions. Imagine giving your girl friend or boy friend a Valentine gift. But, the gift is an unexpected one because it is quite unique — not a food, not a precious jewelry, but a beautiful caricature. It is an expression of your appreciation of the character of your special someone. The caricature expresses how you value the lovable trait the person possesses. You acknowledge the uniqueness of the person. You salute the personality; you treasure every bit of personhood as depicted in the art.

The special feeling of being happy to receive a caricature gift is noteworthy. Upon receiving it as a gift, some people smile and become excited to have the caricature displayed. It is that feeling of associating oneself in the caricature that makes the gift rare. You always drive a happy disposition to a person if you give a caricature.

What does it take to make a caricature? It takes a genius artist to accomplish a great looking caricature that exudes the right personality that it should have. It is not a matter of guess and miss. Designing a caricature entails careful and extensive study of the character trait of a person who is the subject. The artist should be able to bring out that unique trait without causing an embarrassment to the person. That is the greatest challenge — without the embarrassment!

Most illustrators offer caricature design. Most of them are artists who may be selling their services online. To find the right artist, you have to take a look at the samples of the artworks. From there you get the style and you feel if the style suits you.

Draw Caricatures and Get Paid Over and Over

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

When your first think of a caricaturist at work, you probably think of a busy theme park with crowds of people buzzing around the sketches of a talented artist, hard at work, cranking out exaggerated cartoons of amazing proportions, some funny, some offensive (all in good taste of course!), some that really stand out.

For some artists though, the very thought of sitting in front of a public crowd, sweating under the pressure of the spot light, makes them go weak at the knees. And for a few smart ones, fortunately there is an easier way. One that leads to ongoing income for their drawings.

Imagine being paid over and over for the one drawing, or many drawings for that matter. Imagine knowing how much money you were going to make this week, this month or even this year, how secure would that make you feel?

The technique I am about to explain can deliver just that, a full time ongoing income. Your caricatures will be sold over and over and over to a hungry market that has plenty of spare cash to spend on your creative talents.

So What Is This Secret Market?

Answer: Cell Phone Wallpapers

If you are under 20 years old then you will know exactly what I am talking about. The cell phone after-market industry is absolutely huge, with a forecast $7 billion spend in 2009 in the ringtones category alone. Wallpapers, (the cell phone equivalent of a desktop picture for the 30+’s reading this) are not nearly as big but they are second place getter in this race and that means they are worth going after.

So Exactly How Does A Caricaturist Capture This Market?

Answer: Clue, start thinking like a teenager and then create what they want.

If you follow along with their media you will get a good idea of the current “celebrities” that they are going to want on their phones, as a wallpaper picture. Try visiting MySpace, Youtube, celebrity websites, ezines, fan sites, musicians sites, cell phone ring tone selling sites like Jamster. Here you will get the latest, most viewed celebrities that you can do caricatures of and then give them away for free.

Did you say free? Are you crazy, how am I going to make any money doing that?

I know it seems ridiculous to do all that work only to give it away but unless you do, you will find it hard to get any traffic to your website, and no traffic means no money – at all.

So how do you make money doing it this way? Well first things first you need a hook (a freebie or 5) to get them to your site, then you need a way to get them interested in paying further down the track once they get addicted your freebies.

It works well like this…

Invite website visitors to download 5 wallpapers for free, all you ask is that they give you permission to send them your weekly newsletter to your latest and funniest celebrity caricatures, (with links to the ones that you sell for.99c each!)

Setup your payment gateway with the most popular ways teenagers use to purchase stuff on the Internet, to make sure that you don’t cause too much “friction” in the sales process. You don’t want to lose sales due to this so invest some time in researching what the most widely used methods are and emulate.

How Much Money Can Be Made Selling Wallpapers To Teenagers?

The answer to that lies in how large your list of subscribers is. With a good strike rate of conversion at around 4% on each weekly mailing, you can workout just how big you need to build your list to make sure you can do this fulltime.

Eg. List size 25,000 subscribers x $1 x 4% = $1,000

Now that is an income you could live on, and the good thing is this market, teenagers are very viral, so they will show off their latest acquisition from your caricature range to their friends to make them jealous and then they are going to want one too!

The Trick You Must Remember To Make This Work!

Create 10 new caricatures each week, otherwise your site will become stale and your visitors and subscribers will start to leave. You need fresh material, not that hard when all you need do is pick up the latest weekly magazine of “celebr-a-trash” at your local news outlet or drug store. Who’s pregnant this week, who’s been arrested, who’s engaged, new boyfriend, new girlfriend – I think you get the idea.
Rotate your freebies in your free to download area to be the last months selection that you previously sold. This way you can add to the number of freebies, which makes it more attractive and your site and subscribers will grow along with it.

The setup of your website is something that you need to consider carefully as getting the right payment gateway, promotional tools for marketing and the correct mechanism for building your membership site are crucial to your sites success and these steps need to executed with precision to make sure your making the most of this opportunity.