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October 10, 2010

Caricature Over Traditional Portraits?

Filed under: caricature gifts — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 9:37 am

Like many people, you may be wondering what advantages a caricature portrait can offer over the more traditional portraiture styles. Truly, it is just a personal choice, but it can spice up the traditional format of portraits using photography or other styles of artistic design. It can take a couples’ photo and turn it into a very fun rendition of the same image for a unique display at home. If you are considering giving a caricature gift, there are a few factors to consider. For the young, or the young at heart, this form of portraiture has an amusing appeal. It is an especially great present for those who have a strong sense of humour.

The personalised caricature takes the individual’s more prominent features and exaggerates them, usually for comic effect. For many, this is a cherished gift that highlights their own cartoonish qualities. The cartoon element is certainly a draw to children and young people who love to see themselves in a new light, and in a medium that they will be much more accustomed to than formal portraiture styles.

And with children, the method of caricature can also make it an easier gift for those who are not keen on sitting for long periods of time. Sending in a favourite photo as a reference for the writer eliminates the need for a child to sit for long periods of time. This also works well for group caricatures, where a photo is easier to send in rather than rounding up a large group of people for the portrait.

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