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Is the artist
really an artist? If so, do they have a record of specializing in CARICATURE
or CARTOON art?
Ask about their background, or
to see a resume. Look
strong evidence that they are indeed an artist, not just someone who has
minimal drawing abilities. Have they shown
their work in galleries? Has it been
published in major newspapers or magazines? Have
they won any prestigious art awards? (Be
careful on this one: only awards judged by juries which cannot be personally
influenced by the artist should be counted. Many business associations,
even the National Caricaturists Society, vote for friends at chummy annual
social gatherings. In that case, you may learn something about the artist's
lobbying skills or ability to win votes from friends, but that does not
confirm their artistic qualifications.)
Then, even if they do pass muster as a bona fide artist, do they have
any proof that they rate SPECIFICALLY as a caricature artist or cartoonist?
Someone who is great at drawing realistic portraits is not necessarily,
in fact more than likely not at all, able to do effective caricatures.
Caricature is a specialty art form which can be done by very few artists,
not a "lower" art form that can be done by just any artist.
Don't be duped into thinking simplicity is easier than complexity. Most
artist slowly build up their drawings. Caricature requires an unusual
ability to be extremely concise. It also requires a sense of humor which
will be considered funny not just by the artist and a few of his or her
friends, but by a near-universal viewership. Publication in a national
magazine tends to lend credence to this unusual ability.