Thursday, May 7, 2009

Soccer Caricatures - An Alternative View of Football

Phew! After two exhilirating Champions League semifinal matches, I think we need a bit of fun to catch our breath, don't you? But before that, just want to share a bit of caricature history....my first exposure to caricature art was from reading MAD magazines, remember those?

History of Caricature
Some of the earliest caricatures are found in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, who actively sought people with deformities to use as models.
The point was to offer an impression of the original which was more striking than a portrait. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), one of the great early practitioners, was favored by the members of the papal court for his ability to depict the essence of a person in '"three or four strokes". In fact, the word "caricature" comes from the Italian caricare, "to load", thus the caricaturist's aim is to invest his image with as much meaning as possible.
Caricature, therefore, experienced its first successes in the closed aristocratic circles of France and Italy, where the such portraits could be passed about for mutual enjoyment.

The first book on caricature drawing to be published in England was Mary Darly's A Book of Caricaturas (c. 1762). The two greatest practitioners of the art of caricature in 18th-century Britain were Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) and James Gillray (1757–1815). Rowlandson was more of an artist and his work took its inspiration mostly from the public at large. Gillray was more concerned with the vicious visual satirisation of political life. They were, however, great friends and caroused together in the pubs of London.
Nowadays, caricature artists are popular attractions at many places frequented by tourists, especially oceanfront boardwalks, where vacationers can have a humorous caricature sketched in a few minutes for a small fee. Caricature artists can be hired out for parties, where they will draw caricatures of the guests for their entertainment.

Phil_Brown_Caricature.jpg Jose_Enrique_Caricature.jpg Fabricio_Coloccini_Caricature.jpg
kolo_toure.jpg manuel_almunia.jpg samir_nasri.jpg theo_walcott.jpg
Sam_Allardyce_Caricature.jpg salomon_kalou_Caricature.jpg didier_drogba_Caricature.jpg petr_cech_Caricature.jpg
James_Vaughan_Caricature.jpg Mikel_Arteta_Caricature.jpg Shaun_Wright_Phillips_Caricature.jpg Edwin_van_der_Sar_Caricature.jpg
Ji_Sung_Park_Caricature.jpg Owen_Hargreaves_Caricature.jpg Julian_Dicks_Caricature.jpg Scott_Brown_Caricature.jpg
Shunsuke_Nakamura_Caricature.jpg Allan_McGregor_Caricature.jpg Barry_Ferguson_Caricature.jpg Gianluigi_Buffon_Caricature.jpg

If you are hungry for more, there are lots more here and here. Go visit Silvermeow for some totally awesome soccer cartoon art!






And oh...by the way, I do like the idea of Man Utd vs. Barcelona Champions League final. A rematch of sorts after Barcelona got dumped out in the semifinals last year by the Red Devils. Retribution is in the air.....

3 comments:

agarwal said...

great pictures! Really put a smile on my face

Anonymous said...

eh... no caricature of yesteryear heroes... like g-zola ???

FanZine said...

you can find zola at football-pictures.net, great collection there.

if you guys come across some good stuff, pls send to me as well.

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