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Wedding Caricatures: The Complete Guide

Wedding Caricatures: The Complete Guide

A wedding is a joyous occasion that calls for the celebration of love and the union of families and friends. As the bride and/or groom, you would want to make your wedding saga extra special by adding a bit of personalized touch to all your preparations. And one of the very crucial steps in your preparation is the making of wedding invites. 

Nowadays couples want quirky, creative, and customized digital wedding invitations which could make their celebrations even more special. And one such emerging digital wedding invite trend is personalized wedding caricatures of the couples on the cards. There are many creative ways in which wedding caricatures have been put to use by our customers such as backdrops, wedding invitations on Whatsapp, “Save the Date”, Welcome boards, Standees, etc

So if you are planning to get your caricatures on the digital wedding invitation card, this article, is just for you! Our experience of serving thousands of clients has enabled us to compile this article, which serves as a comprehensive guide about everything you would want to know about wedding caricatures and digital wedding invitations

A snippet of Wedding Caricature being used as “Save the Date”:

Wedding Caricatures - Save the date

What are Wedding Caricatures?

Before we dive deeper into this article, let us first understand what are wedding caricatures:

A caricature is an art form which includes comically distorted drawings of a person or a thing, with the intention of satirizing or mocking the subject. In simple words, a caricature is a painting of the subject with dramatized features to create a grotesque effect. For instance, painting a real person’s caricature includes exaggerating their striking features, such as an oversized head, tiny body, squinted eyes, etc. Similarly, wedding caricatures are personalized caricatures of the couples to add a bit of fun and humour to the digital wedding card. 

If you wish to learn more about this art form, you can find everything you need to know about caricatures here!

How are wedding caricatures made? 

The process of making wedding caricatures is a two-way process. It requires inputs from the client and the creativity of the artist to blend these ideas and bring alive the emotions of our clients. Therefore, the outcome and the experiences of our artists, and the customer are different and unique every time. However, if we are to describe how wedding caricatures are made, we can encapsulate them in the following points – 

Gather Photo of the Couple

The very first step of creating a wedding caricature involves collecting the photo of the couple. Ideally, a front-facing picture, of good quality, allows the artist to identify the striking facial features, and draw them well. Once the facial features are approved by the client, the artist moves further to the rest of the parts to complete the caricature.

Deciding the Attire 

As the next step, we have a brief discussion with the client with regards to the attire, and ornaments they wish to be depicted in. For instance, if it is a South Indian wedding, the bride could be shown wearing the traditional pattu saree with temple jewellery, and the groom could be shown wearing a kurta with flowy dhoti, and so on.

Identifying the Background Elements

Further, the process of creating wedding caricatures involves deciding the background and the other elements. For instance, sometimes the clients want us to include an invitation text, venue, and other details, while some clients prefer a plain caricature with subtle backgrounds and elements that embodies their journey.

Seeking Approval and Transferring the File 

As the last step, when the caricature is completed by the artist, final approval is taken from the client. Once the client gives a nod, we email the HD file of the caricature to them for further use.

Making of Digital Wedding caricatures (1)

Types of Wedding Caricatures

Depending upon your need and budget, wedding caricatures can be available in two forms – 

  • Traditional Wedding Caricatures 

As the name suggests, this is how the caricature form of art originally began. In this method, artists use charcoal, pencil, pen, and ink to draw caricatures for you.

  • Digital Wedding Caricatures 

With digitization taking over, and several graphic programs like adobe illustrator, digital wedding caricatures are becoming more and more popular. Digital wedding caricatures come with the advantage of offering richness in colour and quality and are an excellent option for a wedding gift for your friends or as a digital wedding caricature invitation.

Pricing of Wedding Caricature

If you are to place an order for a wedding caricature, you must know how these caricatures are priced. Hence in this section, we are going to provide a brief about the pricing of wedding caricatures, straight from the horse’s mouth, Rohit Chari from Red Canvas Studio, one of the most celebrated caricature artists in India.

The pricing of the wedding caricatures typically is based on the combination of the following factors-

    • The number of characters – Typically wedding caricatures include two human figures, that being the couple. However, the pricing of the caricature so quote may vary depending on the characters your wish to include in the illustration.
       
    • Style of Caricature –  Another factor based on which pricing is dependent is the style of caricature, whether you want a realistic or flat caricature.
       
    • Background or Theme– If you wish to have a unique background to your wedding caricature such as an Eiffel tower, movie-based theme, etc, the pricing of the caricature will vary accordingly.

    • Timeline for Delivery – Delivery time is also a very important variant in determining the pricing of wedding caricatures. If the client wishes to have the artwork delivered in a rather shorter span say in 2 days or in 24 hours, the artist has to accordingly add the value of a tight deadline while deciding the cost, thereby increasing the cost of the wedding caricature. However, if the artist is allowed a wider timeline to deliver, say 3-4 weeks, the cost of the wedding caricature will be comparatively lower. 

Digital Wedding Invitations 

Digital wedding invitations have taken over the traditional invites because they can be customised as per your liking and taste. There are several digital wedding invitation card templates available on the internet, but couples nowadays want a bit of personalized touch in their wedding invites. 

Hence the trend of adding couple’s caricatures on the wedding e invitation card is becoming increasingly popular these days. These wedding caricatures can depict your love story and can be customized to your liking and taste.

couple_caricature_art_by_shailly_gajjar

Wedding Caricature Ideas and Examples 

Do not know how to plan your digital wedding card? Well, we at Stoned Santa have got you a treasure trove of ideas to choose from. Most of these wedding caricatures have been custom-made for our past clients, and they continue to hold a special place in our lives and theirs.

Movie-Themed Wedding Caricature

For all you movie buffs we have got a unique way to design your digital wedding invitations, customised as per your favourite movies and characters. Here are some illustrations – 

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray them as Bunny and Naina from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Concept – Our client wanted us to portray them as Bittoo and Shruti from Band Bajaa Baraat

Bollywood Wedding Caricatures

Super-Hero Themed Wedding Caricature

Marvel and Avengers clan assemble, this one for you! Portray yourselves in your favourite superhero avatar, and make your digital wedding invitation even more special.

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray her groom as Captain America.

Concept – In another version we brought together the caricature of Superman, and Wonder woman in one frame. 

Superhero caricatures for weddings

Sports Themed Wedding Caricature

Finding a partner who loves sports as much as you do, is a boon! Well, calls for no more fighting for that remote when there’s an important match! 

and, What a match! 

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray them with cricket bats in their hands, and dressed in their wedding attire, with a cricket stadium as the background. Cheers to their Lifetime Partnership!

Cricket Couple Caricature

Dog-Lovers Themed Wedding Caricature

Are you pet parents, well, you can add a pawsome touch to your digital wedding invitation now!

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray them in their element with their cute little pet for their Save the date invite

Dog Football Wedding Invite (1)

Beach-Themed Wedding Caricature

All you beach bums out there, get yourself a beach-themed wedding invite customised as per your imagination. 

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray them in their element with their favourite beach in the background

beach themed caricature wedding

Travel-Themed Wedding Caricature

Finding a travel partner for life, well that’s a boon for all those who love travelling the world. Get yourself a travel-themed wedding invite

Concept – One of our clients wanted us to portray them travelling the world together, with symbols of the places they have already visited so far

Wanderlust-Couple-Caricature-Stoned-Santa-Blog

Final Thoughts – Why should you consider Stoned Santa? 

So, if you are looking to get customised wedding caricatures on your invitations, look no further. We at Stoned Santa, are here to paint magic, and spill colours to make your digital wedding invitation card most unique and memorable. 

Our talented team of art experts are here to help you select the best theme, and our renowned caricature artists, to help turn those ideas into an exclusive piece of art, just for you. Contact Stoned Santa today to curate some fun wedding caricatures and digital wedding invites.

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10 Caricature Artists in India you should check out!

10 Caricature Artists in India you should check out!

What are Caricatures?

A caricature is a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated to create a comic or grotesque effect. Some ways for dramatisation are an oversized nose, squinted eyes, really large or too small lips, etc.
The artists behind the art- Caricature Artists.

If you’re a comic artist, you may find yourself feeling very at home in the field of caricature art. The ability to focus on aspects of the subject matter that would be amusing to exaggerate or playfully exploit is the essence of caricature art.

Theme parks typically have these specialised artists available for patrons; they are also employed by event planners, magazines and online publications. Laughing at oneself is a valuable resource; perceptive caricature artists show us how it can be done.

In essence, a caricaturist is an illustrator or cartoonist – but with a twist. Before creating a drawing or sketch, a caricaturist will typically look at a person or object and determine which features are somewhat unusual. These features will usually be the focal point of the caricaturist’s work.

We have curated a list of 10 talented caricature artists below for you. Hope you enjoy reading!

 

Hippy Caricature Art

Hemanth Kag – The young freelance cartoonist and Caricaturist

Hemanth Kag is a freelance cartoonist and caricature artist based in Rajasthan.

His job is to simplify and exaggerate visual forms. If we talk about his work then it’s not related to him in most of the drawings.

He’s more of a draftsman experimenting with colours, forms, and textures and mostly influenced by contemporary artists on Insta. He likes to experiment, but almost all the caricatures displayed on his profile are commissioned works made for customers. He tries to get the likeness of a person in simple form.

He tries to get better and contend with new portraits. His style of work makes it stand out everytime!

Aishwarya_rai_caricature_art_by_hemanth_kag

Anirudh Lele – Illustrator and concept & caricature artist

Anirudh Lele is a freelance caricature artist and children’s book illustrator based in Ahmedabad. He makes caricatures in various styles and techniques suitable as per client requirements.

Sometimes it’s just bold black line arts or rough charcoal sketches. Other times it’s an intricate and realistic portrayal of the forms but in a slightly exaggerated manner. He avoids exaggerating the characteristics too much and tries to keep the base structures of the faces simple and cartoony.

He has an enticing Instagram page as well which will catch your sight at first glance!

 

Prasad Bhat – The mastermind behind Graphicurry

Here’s what, Prasad Bhat makes it to DISNEY on their 90th birthday!

The expert in vector art had his biggest project when Disney asked to draw Mickey in his unique minimal yet cute style to celebrate Mickey’s 90th Birthday.

The art and food fanatic, Prasad Bhat, who invented Graphiccurry in 2013 , premierly as a logo and designing company for corporates is now the mastermind behind over a hundred varieties of caricatures and merchandise of famous tv shows, movies , artists and varied entertainment stuff .

An engineer, based in Bangalore, is globally appreciated for his artwork being authentic, witty and cool ,successfully attracting the infamous clients viz Amazon prime, Disney and Marvel. Emerging from the rock bottom Graphicurry is now a window to digital art and tools for the aspirers of the new age art.

He’s a man of many talents and his recent video on youtube crossed 2 Million views!

 

Kapil Gaikwad – The cinephile caricaturist

A self-made illustrator, caricature artist, and cinema lover, Kapil Gaikwad hails from Mumbai.

Being a cinema lover, most of his caricatures are based on bollywood, hollywood, movies and his own created comic series. He likes to draw only those faces which fascinates him the most.

He also masters in illustrations, sketchbooks and live sketches etc. We can witness heavy use of outlines in his work. The amount of realism in terms of forms and rendering flows smoothly out of his work. He’s got a winsome Instagram art page where you can find a variety of cinema caricatures!

Shailly Gajjar – The wedding invitations specialist

An illustrator and comic creator, who initially desired to design her own wedding card , Shailly Gajjar is now a full time artist of a unique striking art style.

An IT engineer hailing from a small city of Bhuj, Kutch in Gujarat ran towards her passion in drawing and doodling, and this run got her husband a degree in graphic designing , a job and a fulfilled life in India after a growth in her career from freelancing in Dubai.

Her compassion and determination to follow her dreams is an inspiring tale for those who dream and illustrates how all the hard work ,confusion and frustration does eventually become worth it . Currently, she’s focusing on wedding invitations and other illustration projects.

couple_caricature_art_by_shailly_gajjar

Sri Priyatham – Netflix’s official illustrator for “Stranger Things”

Awe-inspiring quirky caricatures’ artist Sri Priyatham, based in Hyderabad ,likes to play around with realism and exaggeration to create his own unique style of art.

A five year old boy who drew as a form of escape is a formally trained self taught artist. Caricature being a style of drawing a figure that is blown out of proportions but the man finds realistic textures fascinating and has got an eye for detail, which helps in bringing out the intricacies required for the detailing in his work.

The only Indian caricature artist working with Netflix on stranger things does believe that self acceptance is crucial before getting any caricature enchanted by screenwriting and filmmaking , advising budding artists to remain consistent and stay committed , in his various workshop presentations.

stranger_things_caricature_art_by_sri_priyatham

Rohit Chari – The artpreneur who runs Red Canvas Studios

Rohit Chari, an illustrator, artist, and artpreneur who was born and raised in Goa, founded Red Canvas Studios in 2016. Ideas are brought to life in art in this studio on various canvases, including walls, frames, and memories.

Rohit began experimenting with sketching throughout his early years in school. He would sketch and doodle, and soon he joined in a full-time fine arts study where he studied conventional art forms and methods in a structured environment.

Today, Rohit specialises in completing unique painting commissions. He paints on walls, does gorgeous caricatures, and has his own line of items. In other words, he has found his love and built a life from it.

 

family_caricature_art_by_rohit_chari

Mangesh Khollam – The “tribute special” caricaturist

Mangesh Khollam also known by his artist name Scooterbeard is a freelance caricature artist who hails from Pune. Scooterbeard , does live caricatures.

His work is more of traditional pencil on paper rather than digital illustration. We can find character designs , photo studies and a few comics on his Instagram page which goes by his artist name,’’ Scooterbeard”.

One of the best works on his page is the tribute caricatures which are portrayed very beautifully and the art work seems to turn into realism!

Lata_mangeshkar_caricature_art_by_mangesh_khollam

Ashutosh Wale – The global influence veteran

Ashutosh Wale is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and caricature artist who hails from Maharashtra. His caricature works include not only portraits but also full-length representations of characters. Unhesitating to draw them as he sees them, he is a keen advocate of pencil-work in his displays.

Though seeming to stem from a considerable influence of politics, his work also includes global influencers from various other areas such as sport, film and the likes. He has got a very mesmeric and eye-catching art page on Instagram as well!

digital_illustration_art_by_ashutosh_wale

Sudipan – The “pepe” specialist

Sudipan is a freelance digital illustrator and visual designer who hails from Kolkata.
Sudipan’s unique background in computer animation allows him to become an amazing digital illustrator and caricature artist.

His skills and dedication to his craft are flawless. His abilities allow him to draw a variety of different people and creatures which can fit into something like a comic drawing if you desire. His latest “pepe” art designs on his instagram page are to look up for!

 

pepe_caricature_art_by_sudipan

You may discover a caricature artist at Stoned Santa who meets your needs and your budget, whether you’re considering obtaining a birthday caricature for a friend or family or a digital wedding caricature for your big day.

No matter where in the world you need your caricature to be delivered, Stoned Santa makes it incredibly simple to find a trustworthy and professional artist to draw one for you according to your specifications!

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Everything you need to know about Caricatures

Everything you need to know about Caricatures

Most Indians will relate to the cartoons of the common man by RK Laxman published in the Times of India, and the political cartoons that adorn the cover page to engage the readers, and present them with “News of the Day”. 

If we look carefully, it is easy to notice that the increasing popularity of caricatures stems from our ability to relate to them at a subconscious level.

As kids, it used to be fascinating to see large-headed, tiny body versions of so many renowned people from politicians to movie stars and recognize them despite their weird shapes. Most of us found out only much later, that this particular format and style is known as Caricature. In this article, I attempt to answer some of the questions you might have about caricatures. Let’s start with the basics.

Concept Digital Caricature for a client where the client wanted us to portray them as Shiva, and Parvati. 

 

Shiva parvathi  digital caricature - gifts for couples
Customised Caricatures - Unique gifts for friends

What is a caricature?

A caricature is a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

If you too skipped through the dictionary definition, let us understand it in simpler words.

A caricature is a drawing of a real person with features dramatized absurdly to entertain or make fun of (all in good humor) of the person so drawn. Some ways for dramatization are an oversized nose, squinted eyes, really large or too small lips, etc.

In the words of caricaturist Greg Bigoni, “A caricature gets to the essence of who someone is and not just what they look like, but what their personality is”.

Concept caricature we made for a client who wanted a unique Mother’s day gift. 

How are caricatures made?

If you look at any caricature you’ll notice a pattern. In every caricature pretty much all of the features of a person’s face or body are artistically modified, yet one can still recognize that person, and this is something that makes the art of drawing a caricature so unique. 

One key element of drawing a good caricature is the ability to truly observe the key characteristics that define someone’s face. This is what is referred to as likeness. In other words, when we see a person, we see them just as we know them but a caricature artist can notice highlighting features of a person.

When caricature artists draw a person, they exaggerate the most prominent features and reduce the size of other features, bringing, even more, focus on the features they want to highlight. These along with a fine knowledge of how to balance overall distance, angle and proportions are few secrets of drawing caricatures.

Along with facial features, caricature artists also make use of how a person is shaped or holds them if they have any distinct props from tattoos to anything they carry with them in making the caricature really identifiable. Think of Abraham Lincoln’s Stovepipe hat, Mahatma Gandhi’s round spectacles, or Charlie Chaplin’s mustache. Staple associations like these, act as great props for fun caricatures.

Concept digital caricature we made for a client whose friend is an entrepreneur, and he wanted to surprise him with something really unique. 

Forbes Magazine themed Caricature - Personalized Caricature

What are the various types of caricatures?

While caricature as an art form is centuries old, there isn’t a standard form of classification of different types of caricatures. Here we will talk about two methods of classifying caricatures; based on style and based on the method of execution:

Classification based on style:

Portrait or definition This type of caricature relies on knowledge of sophistication of making a portrait and combining it with the knowledge of creating comical effect through inflation and deflation of features.

Satire This form is most commonly used in political cartoons. It makes use of not just physical or personality traits but also draws attention to statements by such politicians. The purpose of such caricatures is more often than not to bring attention to political issues of the time.

Grotesque – As the name suggests, in this style, the face of a person is unnaturally distorted to make it look ugly. Grotesque art was the earliest form of distorted drawings which evolved later into caricatures.

Classification based on the execution method:

Traditional Caricatures This is how caricatures started and charcoal, pencil, pen, and ink drawings were the methods that were used. These are the tools that are used by street artists across the world for an instant sketch. So next time, when you visit Paris, remember to ask the artist if he is going to draw a portrait or a caricature of you 😉

Digital Caricatures– Graphics programs like adobe illustrator are numerous drawing tablets are becoming more and more popular these days. Digital caricature comes with the advantage of offering richness in color and feel of caricature making them an excellent option for gifting your friends or as digital wedding caricature invitations.

How much time does it take to make a caricature?

The old idiom, “The devil is in the details”, does not have a better suitor than this question. A professional caricaturist can make a sketched caricature of a person’s face in even under 5 minutes. However, the more details you add like body structure, surroundings, colors, etc., the longer it can take. 

A hand-painted caricature with portrait-like details can take as much as two days. In short, it boils down to the intricacies of each piece that is being made.

What is the process of getting a caricature made?

There are two ways in which an artist makes a caricature –

1. Live Caricatures – Live caricatures are drawn for a live audience in real time. Live caricatures are less common and you’ll see street artists only in very few cities and tourist spots. Live caricatures are a hit or miss experience for most people because you can not check the artist’s previous work.

Working on Live caricatures is very challenging for the artist, and usually, live caricature artists are hired for corporate events and weddings.

2. Drawing a caricature from a picture, and presenting a custom theme – Most caricature artists these days practice creating caricatures in their free time where they are free to think and act creatively on a project without the constraint of time, and expectations.
For example – When you select an artist from us at Stoned Santa there is a certain process the artist will follow to bring life to the ideas as specified by our clients –

  • Our caricature artist requests reference pictures of the subject, ideally clear front-facing pictures with a clearly visible face, and other facial features

     

  • Based on the picture received, and the desired theme in which the caricature is to be made, the artist recommends suitable styles, and color combinations best suited for the provided story, and reference pictures.

     

  • Once the artist starts working, they share the work in progress with our clients, and we seek feedback to further improve the caricature.

     

  • Post completion, the work is shared with the clients, and upon approval, the digital files are shared with the clients. 

How to hire a Caricature artist?

If you are thinking of getting a birthday caricature for your friend at work or a digital wedding caricature for your special day, you can find a caricature artist that suits your requirements and pocket at Stoned Santa.
There are many independent artists who can draw one for you as per your specification, but Stoned Santa makes it very easy to find a reliable and experienced caricature artist for you no matter which part of the world you need your caricature to be delivered.

If you want to hire a caricature artist from Stoned Santa, all you need to do is fill up this form, and our gifting experts will reach out to you.

how to order couple caricature

What is the cost of a caricature?

Art is subjective and so are the prices for any art piece. As vague as it may sound the prices of a digital caricature are dependent on factors like – 

1. The number of people or characters to be drawn – This includes humans, pets, and any other objects such as monuments, and buildings that are to be drawn with precision, and care.

2. Experience & Work Portfolio – Senior artists with years of experience, and expertise may charge 10 times than that of a beginner who’s just begun their journey as an artist. There are many caricature artists in India, and the costs vary dynamically from artist to artist.

3. The style to be chosen – Physically made caricatures cost more than digitally made caricatures. Often, the artists offer varying levels of detailing in their caricatures, which is a big factor in determining the costs.

4. Time Required – If clients have an urgent requirement, in such cases the artists usually charge a higher price, but if the timeline isn’t a problem in such cases it’s easier for the artists to accommodate their requests, and the artists usually offer discounts. 

couple caricature frames

Usage of caricatures

A caricature is a historical form of art. Caricaturists have been using this form to draw attention to political issues through political satires and to show their admiration of people they admire across fields. 

From being used as a medium by artists, and poets to voice people’s opinions on newspapers, and magazines to being used as digital wedding invites, and gift for bosses, Caricatures as an art form has evolved to cater to the gifting requirements of individuals, and companies. 

At Stoned Santa, we help you create unique caricatures that are designed as per your choices, in the timeframe that you desire.

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Interview with Rohit Chari, Red Canvas Studios

Interview with Rohit Chari, Red Canvas Studios

Born and brought up in Goa, Rohit Chari is an illustrator, artist, and artpreneur who runs Red Canvas Studios, a venture he started in 2016. In this creative studio, ideas come to life in art on different canvases such as walls, frames, and memories. 

Rohit started playing around with sketches early in his school days where he’d draw, doodle, and soon enrolled into a full-time fine arts course where he learned traditional art forms and techniques in a formal setup. Today Rohit caters to special art commissions where he draws beautiful caricatures, paints on walls, has his line of merchandise; in short, he’s found his passion and made a living out of it. 

In this interviews, Parth interviewed Rohit, where they talk and explore the world of being an artist, an entrepreneur, and suggestions for the fellow community of artists and creators.

Rohit Chari Skateboarding Caricature artist

Story of your first customer? 

Well, the first few projects were majorly for friends, and I did them for free. But the first paid project came to me as a surprise. I had made a digital caricature for a photographer friend, and I think after minutes of it posting, it went viral in our little friend circle. 

Everyone wanted to know who made this caricature, and there I was flooded with requests, most of them free, but some of them translated into orders, and that’s how I kick started my Freelance career as a Digital Caricature artist

Freelancing and the early challenges 

Under pricing and not being able to strike that early balance where I get quality clients who pay decently were the initial challenges I faced. I think the first few paid projects, I was underpaid, but then I guess that’s all a learning process. 

When I realized I was charging lesser, I decided to increase my prices, but then the clients stopped coming in. With time, I reached a sweet spot where the clients are comfortable, which allows me to be satisfied. I think the sweet spot of pricing your art “just right” can be determined only by talking to customers, and this process takes time. 

How do you explain Digital Art to your customers?

I was introduced to digital art years after graduating with a degree in Art, so I am very empathetic to my customers when I explain to them about Digital Art or Digital caricatures to help them understand and appreciate the process of creation. 

Many people think making caricatures digitally is when the artist uses some apps or simply traces it, but that’s not how it works. Usually, when I encounter clients who do not know much about Digital Art, or the creation process, I educate them first about this art form because this helps set the expectations right and makes the process of creation and approval smoother. 

I walk my customers through the process, share the work in progress pictures with them, answer their queries before starting work; I think this has many advantages, and the client’s chances of negotiating to go down significantly.

 

Boy Caricature by Red Canvas Studio

How do you price your digital caricatures? 

I decide the cost of my caricatures based on the combination of the following factors, and a lot of times, if the order is to required urgently, there’s an added cost. 

    1. The number of characters – A lot of my customers think that the price of caricature quoted can include as many human figures, but that’s not how it works. Therefore one of the criteria for deciding the price is the number of people/characters drawn.

       

    2. The caricature style – Is it the Realistic Caricature or Flat(2D) Caricature? It takes me more time to work on the realistic caricature. Therefore this one is charged higher.

       

    3. Background – Clients often demand unique backgrounds, such as the Eiffel tower, or the Taj Mahal, or other requests, and to accommodate such requests, I charge extra.

      In India, it’s a little tough to find clients who will not negotiate and respect the price you quote, but it’s so much easier with foreign clients, and I can charge them higher too. 

Drawing a celebrity caricature vs. Drawing for customers 

With celebrities, I have the freedom to experiment, exaggerate, and let my creative juices flow, but I have to be very careful with client projects. People want to look cute but not funny. 

I think there’s a nice balance, where I get paid for the commissioned work I do and the time I have left after such projects; I experiment, play around with colors, strokes, and let my ideas flow without being constricted by the client’s expectations. 

(Rohit has created fan art versions of famous Netflix TV shows like – Money Heist, Scared Games, etc.)

 

Wall Murals vs. Digital Caricatures 

I like both forms of art – Making digital caricatures and murals, both of their unique charm, and I thoroughly enjoy working on both mediums. 

Still, the outcome of completing a mural is much more gratifying than a caricature, primarily because of the heavy hard work required to create a mural. 

First, we prepare a design based on the input given by the client and then get the digital design approved; post this, the digital design is transposed to the wall. This process from idea to execution takes 3-4 days, or more, depending on the size of the wall. But I love working on murals. I usually start early and work in sprints to finish it as per the agreed timelines. 

When the project is big, I collaborate with other artists, and it’s fun working on such projects.

Wall mural by RedCanvas Studio

How do you feel when people compare your work with other artists? 

I’ll be honest, early in my career, I’d get offended easily and react, saying, “if you like their work, go buy from them,” but now I try to explain to them the reason for the difference and explain to them my art process. 

Other Hobbies? Skateboarding? 

Well, I love to skateboard, and I represented my state in Skateboarding back in the days, and I think I found a lot of artists from the skateboarding community. Skateboards are usually hand-painted, uniquely communicating what the owner wishes to with colors and visuals. 

 

I’ve got many gigs because of the community, and I think having a hobby is an excellent release to your creative juices, but in a different environment.

 

ayushman khurana caricature

Future Aspirations

I aspire to work with more prominent brands where my skills are tested. I meet fellow creators, and I learn and grow while doing so. I have worked with some very famous brands in the past, and I look forward to working with more brands as I grow as an artist. 

Advice to fellow artists in the community 

Digital art is comparatively easy when you are tracing it, but I would strongly recommend against it. Try to draw it manually instead of tracing, and it’ll help you in the longer run. 

If you want to draw caricatures, don’t immediately jump into drawing caricatures. Start by drawing portraits; it’ll help you understand the human face anatomy better. Once you’ve mastered that part, it’s easier to play around with human facial features to make fun caricatures. 

Closing Notes

Rohit concludes the interview by saying, “I would just say, support all the artists, because this is a small business we are into, but when the audience supports us, we can prosper. And I would request you to respect the artists, try to understand them, and value their efforts.”

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Interview with Caricature artist – Sri Priyatham

Interview with Caricature artist – Sri Priyatham

Interview with caricature artist – Sri Priyatham

Sri Priyatham, Caricature artist

15th July, 2019


Sri Priyatham is a caricature artist based in Hyderabad who makes awe-inspiring quirky caricatures. He likes to play around with realism and exaggeration to create his own unique style of art. Having worked with brands like Netflix, he has been greatly appreciated both by the art community and the common public alike.

He also conducts workshops with the aim to increase awareness about caricatures  and motivate more people to take it up as a hobby/career.

How would you define art? 

I don’t have a specific definition as such. As a kid, I used to draw for fun, but eventually, it became my escape where I could rediscover myself.

I have been drawing since I was around 5-6 years old.I enrolled in an art school later, but it was just to fine tune my skills rather than learning something from scratch. I’d like to think of myself as a formally trained self-taught artist.

How do you strike a balance between reality and exaggeration?

The caricature is a style of drawing a figure that is blown out of proportions. It depends on the artist to follow a certain style, a few try to detach completely from the reality to make a comical caricature, while few go for a tinge of realism in it.

I fall in the second category. I find realistic textures fascinating and I would say I that I have got an eye for detail, which helps me bring out the intricacies required for the detailing.

What’s the most common issue you face, as a caricature artist?

Most people don’t receive caricatures that well, but the scenario is changing slowly and steadily. When people see a caricature of a celebrity or politician they find it amusing, but when it comes to a caricature of themselves, they are a bit biased.

I receive a lot of customization requests, most of them are like ‘can you make me look cuter’ or ‘can you tone down a couple of shades’. I think self-acceptance is crucial before getting a caricature done. *laughs*

How does it feel to be selected as the only Indian caricature artist to work with Netflix on the Stranger Things illustration?

 I felt privileged to have been selected. The process wasn’t that complex as they were expecting artists to draw the gist of an entire episode in a single drawing. The goal was to have people relate to the episode just by looking at the artwork.

They came across my Instagram profile and concluded that I would a good fit for the task. They used my style of rendering for the Episode 5 from the Season 2. The best part about this project was that I was given complete creative freedom, this is something every artist hopes and wishes from his clients. 

What can one expect from your workshops?

The main intent of a workshop is not to learn something by the end of the day, rather it is to introduce one to a particular art form. It is about getting an idea of what caricatures are and how to perceive them, it’s not possible to learn something completely within a few workshops, so I generally try to simplify the process. 

Even if a single person from the participants likes the art form and continues practicing it, it is an achievement for me. The goal is to encourage people to take up art as a hobby or maybe even as a career. In the end, we need more people who are aware of the art form, who appreciate the artwork and are willing to buy it.

Could you tell us about your podcast, “What the art”?

It was slow in the beginning, it took me some time to gather my thoughts and compile them. Around 4-5 months down the lane, ‘What the Art’ took shape with the support of Aditya, a fellow charcoal artist, and a couple of collaborators – one being Gokul from MyCopie and the other being Keshav who is a Chennai based YouTube cartoonist.

Having professionals from diverse fields gave a four-point perspective that helped to structure the podcast well.

If not art, what would be your career choice?

Although art is my only field of expertise, screenwriting and film making have always fascinated me. I would have loved to try something in those fields if not for art.

Have you ever hit the rock-bottom? If yes, how did you get back on your feet?

As freelancers, we’re prone to hit rock bottom more often than others, but we can not stay that way for long. In such situations, we need to hustle, change things a little bit and stay positive. Something which I personally do is get my stuff together and try not to panic. I try to focus on working on new portfolios which might pave way for new opportunities.

What quality should every aspiring artist have?
Certain qualities that all the budding artist should develop are staying committed and remaining consistent.

What are your thoughts on Stoned Santa?

The art scenario in India, currently, is an agent-based system, where agencies refer the artist for work based on their expertise, thereby acting as an interface which connects artists to the art consumers. And the thing I love about Stoned Santa is the way they are working to bridge the gap making it easier for artists.

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Doodling his way through life – Meet Arosh Thevadatil a.k.a ‘Doodle Muni’

Doodling his way through life – Meet Arosh Thevadatil a.k.a ‘Doodle Muni’

Interview with Arosh Thevadatil

Doodling his way through life – Meet Arosh Thevadatil a.k.a 

‘Doodle Muni’

Arosh Thevadtail, Illustrator and Doodler.

16th May, 2019

What started off as rough scribbling done on the last sheets of notebooks, has evolved into an art form by itself and a medium of self expression – Doodles. Researchers have even deciphered the reasons behind different types of doodles we do. With gaining popularity for doodles, imagination is the only limit.

Arosh Thevadathil, popularly known as Doodlemuni is an illustrator from God’s own country, Kerala.  His creative doodles on everyday life, couples, famous personalities and social issues have brought attention from across the country. He believes that an artist can instil emotions among people through his artwork, and continues to do the same.

Arosh came up with the name ‘Doodlemuni’, as he wanted to depict himself as a serious guy who scribbles humorous snippets. He wanted to add a ‘Desi touch’ to the name, to make it attractive.

Having been good at art right from childhood, he has won several awards in national level competitions. He learnt the basics for different types of art from Mr Vishnu Namboodiri and went ahead to get a degree in Fine Arts from RLV College.

His work is characterized by its wit; it’s packed with strange symbols, cute little characters and humorous scenes. He works on traditional and digital mediums, as the situation demands. He uses Photoshop, Illustrator and Coral Painter, to make adorable doodles.

Touching people’s Heart through Art

Even though he was born and brought up in Kerala, he understood the real beauty and culture of the place only when he moved out. Many of his artworks are based on the culture and places of  Kerala. “I approach my artwork from a detached standpoint”, says Arosh.

When Kerala was deluged by the heavy rains, Arosh was in Bangalore, and spent several sleepless nights horrified by the visuals he saw on TV. He arranged for materials to be sent to the disaster relief camps, and did a special tribute to the unsung heroes who risked their lives to save others.

Among those works, the one that received maximum attention was the rescue of the pregnant woman on a helicopter. “Seeing that work, Commander Vijay Varma, the man who undertook the mission, called me and wished me personally. I consider that the highest recognition that my work has ever received”, he says.

All about the Funcher shop

Having worked in Ogilvy, he got a lot of recognition from big corporates. Tired of having to follow guidelines, he longed to do something creative on his own without any limitations.

Suresh Ramakrishnan and him, having shared the common vision, vibe and passion for creating art, started their own venture “The Funcher Shop”. Just like how Puncture shop fills air, The Funcher shop fills happiness. They have numerous products like T-shirts, mugs, bags, clocks, based on various themes surrounding riders, Malayalis, Bengalis, Bangalore, movie themes.., 

“I don’t need anything else when I immerse myself in art”.

He believes that criticisms shape up a person’s career and make them strong. He works on his ideas and style based on the feedback he receives.

According to him, every project is a dream project. Nonetheless, he wishes to learn about Bangalore and make artworks on it.

On being asked if he has hit the rock bottom, he says. “There was a number of instances where I felt like my hands were tied and I would never get back on my feet. But, if you are diligent and are determined, you can always come back stronger and better from any hopeless situation”.

He views art as his life. His art is a result of his emotions, whether sadness or happiness.

“I don’t need anything else when I immerse myself in art”, he says.

When asked if he wants to travel back in time to the future or past, he says, “As there were a number of things I could not do in my past due to certain circumstances. I’ll certainly return and correct my mistakes if given the chance”.

Biggest pet peeve? “For each artwork, artists do a lot of research, refer to different works and make multiple scribbles. We ponder over and analyse it before composing the piece on canvas. Just when the work is about to get completed, a person who knows nothing about the effort put in and one who has no artistic eye comes along asking for changes on behalf of the client. It is a menace when they interfere in the artistic process”.

“An artist can conquer the whole world through his art”.

His advice to the budding artists is to never give up.He also feels that social media validation does not define anyone as an artist.

“An artist can conquer the whole world through his art. An artist can make people happy, sad, thoughtful etc. Above all, the artist himself can find joy in his art and share it with society. So even if no one notices you at first, there will come a time when they will accept, love and celebrate you”, he says.

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