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May 10, 2011

Caricatures for a fun gift

Filed under: caricatures — Tags: , , , — Charlie Anson @ 11:45 am

Caricature portraits are considered a fun thing these days, especially personalised caricatures which focus on a persons traits and characteristics which are enhanced in the portrait. But if you look at the history of caricatures they were often used in a more serious way, when satirists drew personalised caricatures of politicians and members of the Royal Family.

These were more than often grotesque images which were used to attack individuals whose actions and policies were hated by the masses. They are still used in this way today, particulary by cartoonists such as Steve Bell, who has spent the last thirty years mocking British politicians from all parties, as well as other public figures, in the Guardian newspaper.

Some of his most popular work has been family caricatures depicting the Queen and her offspring, and it has been said that if Bell were around two hundred years ago he would have been hanged for treason due to the nature of some of his caricature portraits.

While this form of art is still a powerful tool for satirists, many people like to give personalised caricatures from photos as presents for friends and family, and if you are thinking of doing this, then you should look at the examples on the Charlie’s Cartoons website.

Whatever the occasion may be, either a birthday, wedding or an anniversary, caricatures make the perfect gift as they are unique to the person who will receive them. They are also a fun way to capture your own family, so why not consider having family caricatures drawn by an expert artist?

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