Art of caricature - PDF - Grant Wright- (1904)

Art of caricature 

Art of caricature

Volumes treating the technical side of art is plentiful. It would seem as if every detail of picture-making had been so thoroughly covered that further books upon the subject would be superfluous. It is a fact, however, that — up to the present time — the art of caricaturing has never been exhaustively explained in one volume. 

The earnest seeker for information could, by dint of persistent effort, gain a little knowledge here, a few facts there, but could not find any expert information about many important things. It is hoped, therefore, that the hints in this book will, in the absence of personal instruction, at least provide its readers with a foundation upon which to build an art education. Of course, no textbook can be of real use unless supplemented by interest and ability on the part of the student; practice and final success depend upon these two factors 

To descend from the sublime to the ridiculous is the caricaturist's constant effort. To explain how this can be accomplished interestingly and pictorially is the purpose of these pages. Caricature, contrary to a popular conception, is not incorrect or bad drawing: it is a good drawing, refined and controlled to produce a humorous effect. A well-drawn caricature has just as much and often more art beneath it than an ambitious painting hung on the walls of an art gallery. 

A beginner in the art of caricature can do himself no greater service than to get this great truth firmly fixed in his mind. It is true that " the grotesque and the beautiful are not produced by opposite means, but by the eccentric application in one of the same laws that govern the other." 

It is obvious, therefore, that distortion through ignorance is simply bad drawing; but distortion with an understood motive, regulated by recognized laws, is not only right but more truly ridiculous. 

It will be well for the prospective artist to free his mind at the start of any preconceived notions as to his natural ability as a draughtsman; for letting it be distinctly understood that some of the greatest artists that ever lived were the poorest draughtsmen, some of the greatest draughtsmen were the poorest artists. Draughtsmanship and artistic instinct have no more relation to each other than penmanship and literary instinct. To quote from a writer who handles this idea very clearly: " We often hear the remark, ' So-and-So ought to be able to draw, for it comes naturally to him ' — an entirely erroneous assumption — for, how.

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  • Author: Grant Wright
  • Publication date: 1904
  • Company: Baker Taylor Co

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