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12 Career Tips for Caricature Artists

Are you ready to be a professional artist? Do you want a career in caricature?
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We’ve now officially reached the end of the Art of Caricature with Court Jones. In this conclusion to the course, Court imparts useful advice on how to achieve financial and personal success as a caricature artist. He also talks to you about his final thoughts on the caricature process itself. If you’re still hungry for more caricature content and for some more fantastic instruction from Court, I highly recommend looking at his premium course. All the demos alone are worth the cost of the course, but you’ll also get additional lessons and full critiques as well. To find out more go to http://proko.com/caricature

1. Learn the fundamentals of caricature: Exaggeration, Likeness, Correcting Errors and Careful Rendering. You will have an easier time if you have strong fundamental skills.
2. One of the most valuable lessons from the course is the checklist: caricature to-do lists that describe everything you notice about the subject’s likeness. They help you organize your thoughts, set your intention and figure out what you want to do with the caricature.
3. Don’t just watch the lessons. Apply the lessons with constant practice and sketching faces. Repetition of good procedure will make you better at making your own exaggeration decisions.
4. Don’t worry about how the world will react to your caricatures or try to second guess what will please them. Follow your own instincts. Trust your judgment because you are the one who has trained and practiced this art form. Not them.
5. Strive for excellence, but not perfection. There is no artistry in perfection. The imperfections are what make your own style unique and interesting.
6. Find your tribe. In life and your career, try to surround yourself and spend time with the type of artists and the type of people you want to be like. Join organizations and participate in competitions.
7. You can make a good living doing caricatures. A great way to start is drawing quicksketch caricatures in theme parks. You learn how to apply these skills in real world situations and can learn from more experienced artists.
8. Caricature can mean many things and is one of many tools in your artist’s toolbox to make a living as an artist. It’s good to be flexible and to be comfortable controlling and changing what you see in your subject to achieve a particular effect. Caricature can open many doors and new opportunities.
9. What kind of caricature do you want to do? What is your temperament? You may be more suited to live quicksketch or you may be better at studio caricature illustrations and paintings. Maybe you’ll be able to do both. I recommend you try.
10. Don’t worry if you don’t see immediate success in caricature. It can take a long time. Everyone learns at their own pace. And how fast you improve is up to you and how frequently you practice.
11. Not to discourage you, but caricature never gets easier. You will always struggle and hit roadblocks along the way. But you do eventually trade in your old problems for new ones. After you master your fundamentals, you will find new issues to frustrate you. But that means you are functioning on a higher level than you were before.
12. The great thing about the nature of being an artist is that there is no upper limit to how far you can go or how good you can get. And that prospect is exciting. The learning never stops (hopefully!).

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CREDITS:

Artist | Instructor – Court Jones (http://www.courtjones.com/)
Producer – Stan Prokopenko (http://www.stanprokopenko.com),
Script – Court Jones
Production Assistance – Brandon Storer
Editing – Brandon Storer, Sean Ramsey
Music Used with Permission
Intro – The Freak Fandango Orchestra