Information on caricature
When I was looking at schools of higher education in high school I went to an open house at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Sure seeing the school was great, but when I sat down in a chair and a man came over and did a caricature, I was memorized. I wanted to learn how to do that.
When I enrolled in school at the Art Institute, and they had something to do with caricatures, I was there. I even had the honor of being drawn by John A. Johns. He was the man who had the idea to have students go to the Three Rivers Arts Festival and draw. He was also a legend in the world of caricature. I didn’t know it at the time and I can only wish I knew where I put that drawing.
After I dropped out of art school and returned, again, I had a go at the caricature thing. They didn’t offer much other than an evening class, which I did attend, but when the instructor ask us to draw something to see if we were good enough to draw at the Arts Festival, I was not. Bummer.
Around 2009 I found the ISCA, which is the International Society of Caricature Artists. I really got in to it. I bought the right markers. Joined the ISCA and was drawing and practicing every day. I went to the ISCA Convention in North Carolina and the to one in Sanduski Ohio. Both were great experiences and I met a lot of people I admired, Joe Bluhm, Jason Seiler, Jan Op De Beeck and many more.
For a short time in my life, I thought I would try to be a full time LIVE caricature artist. I did several jobs and did ok, but I was super nervous. I think if i would have kept at it, I would have been ok, but I was offered a radio job and took it. At that time I started drawing digitally. Most of the caricatures I do now are done digitally. Samples of them are on a BLOG.
If you are interested in having a caricature done please feel free to contact me. Although I don’t get to do them as much as I have, I still love them.