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.