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It isn't funny to be crude

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Nicholas Garland told his fellow political cartoonists they were obsessed with sex and violence. They were not amused.

I developed an interest in the art of caricature when I was a teenager in the late 1940s. In those days, film and theatre reviews were quite often illustrated with caricatures of actors. And there were also daily political cartoons in the newspaper to study. I quickly discovered entire books given over to the work of Max Beerbohm, Sir John Tenniel and David Low. In other books and magazines, I found astonishing caricatures by Ronald Searle, Robert Sherriffs and Richard Winnington. Their caricatures fascinated me. I tried and tried to work out how their simplified and distorted drawings, which strayed so far from academic accuracy, could catch such striking likenesses.  I copied them, I traced them and I compared them with each other. I was surprised to find that the likeness of the same individual could be created in many completely different ways. I copied a caricature of Alec Guinness...


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