Every once in a while, I feel like slowing down, taking stock, and talking:) This is one of those once-in-a-whiles.
The Beginnings of this Caricature Blog
I started this blog about 9 months ago – hoping that it would help me smile. I began my art-journey as a traditional portrait artist, then I freelanced with a book publisher, and then I did some work in the fantasy art genre for a couple of American RPG publishers – so there was a time when I managed to sell some stray bits of art, but that was a long time ago – and it isn’t something that I truly relished. The only good part was that I never had to do what makes every artist, every writer cringe – I wasn’t ever asked to do rework , except once – when after a couple of non-productive rework rounds, I chose to give up. Then for many years I decided not to publish my art – there was a phase when I’d refuse work, when I stripped away all my artwork from the web – in a nutshell, when I decided to give up.
Drawing is my Passion NOT my Profession!
I’d still draw almost every day – but I drew because I couldn’t stop myself from picking up a pencil (I have a couple of hundreds of those), until one cold December morning, when I saw this funny man in the newspaper. I dropped my comb and I sketched his caricature, which became the first caricature on this blog. Creating caricatures for this blog has been fun, mainly because I don’t have to work with time-lines, and also because I can draw whoever I want to. If I don’t want to draw someone, I just won’t draw him or her – and if I want to, it doesn’t matter whether that person is not a very popular guy. In art, I don’t like to do things that I am asked to do – I prefer to do what I want to. I don’t like to ask people to do things for me for FREE, because I value their independence and their time, and I expect them to value mine.
Do you Want to License my Caricatures for Commercial Use?
I’d like to say that with the growing popularity of your favorite blog, I am beginning to receive requests for free and paid work. I think I am doing enough for free (all the caricatures that appear on this blog are free for people to use in their non-commercial products, and the caricature book too is free, if you want to read it online.) If you want to make a few thousand copies of my caricatures and use them in your “commercial applications” they aren’t free at all. I’d also like to make a recommendation to the serious, well-intentioned people who wish to use the caricatures from this blog commercially, to be upfront about their organization, their intention – and if possible, NOT consider me their “vendor” even before I’ve reviewed their requirement. Be nice if you want to be treated nicely – Drawing is my love, not my profession. If you aren’t happy introducing yourself, you should find other artists – and sadly there’s a glut of out-of-work artists in this part of the world!
This may sound arrogant, but I can’t stop myself from writing this. I never thought to write it earlier but recently my mail-box isn’t entirely happy with the kind of emails that find their way there.
Sharing What I know for those who “Genuinely” want to Learn – My FREE Online Book – “How to Draw Caricatures – The Evolution of a Caricaturist”
Sometime in January 2010, I also started writing “The Evolution of a Caricaturist” – A Book on How to Draw Caricatures. This book is almost complete with 10 out of its 14 chapters online. I’ve received some good feedback on this book and I have received an unofficial offer for its publication. I am still reflecting on how I should go ahead with it – but the fact that the 10 chapters that are currently online for this book have garnered about 22000 views so far (Don’t go by the numbers they show there – Knols have a funny way of updating data), tells me that there are people out there who are finding it useful. A big Thank You to all the readers of this book:) I promise to complete it very soon:)
Wow! You do great artwork here. The stories are fun to read as well. I’ve tried my hand at cartooning recently, but I’m not a talented artist, so I shy away from caricatures of people. The only one I’ve done so far is Miguel de Cervantes – missing the wrong hand!
Thank you for your visit Pezcita:) Glad you liked the stories. I’ve been trying to access my inner writer for long time, but the caricaturist steals the limelight. I visited your site but I need to read up on Miguel de Cervantes to understand the true essence of your cartoons (which I must say, have been drawn well…) so sometime this week, I’ll revisit as a more enlightened person.
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I like reflective posts. The story of how Shafali turned from a portrait artist to a caricaturist!:) Yes, complete the book soon. I always prefer hard copies 🙂
Not turned but evolved… as Caricatures are more difficult to create than portraits.
Glad you liked this post – personally I’d tag it as one of my non-characteristic ones:)
Drawing is also my passion and not my talent (writing is also a talent)! 😉
Keep drawing for fun and for us… will try to write something for this month’s drawing (mumble mumble… smoke coming out of my brain!!! :-()…
Will do, Barb:) I think you are a very talented artist as well.
I don’t think anything ever is fair enough, Viv:)
No, that’s also true but I simply meant it in the sense that your decision is a perfectly valid one and entirely understandable.