Friday, 22 July 2011
Caricature artists are a wonderful staple when you travel in foreign cities. It’s a typically tourist thing to do, to sit for a caricature, and I find it so interesting to see the wildly different perspectives and interpretations that different artists have about me that it’s hard for me to resist. But I’ve been good (read: poor) so I’ve just been an observer since Budapest. In Prague, the main tourist thoroughfare is the Charles Bridge, which you have to cross in order to get from the old town to the Castle area. And among other merchants, it’s populated by caricature artists, who advertise their skills by sketching people that everyone knows – movie and TV stars. Every time I crossed that bridge I found it so distracting to see Josh Holloway (from Lost) or Hugh Laurie (from House) trying to catch me eye. Finally, I gave in and took a picture:
You may recognize some of those faces, and if you click the photo to open a larger version, you’ll see other booths, with other faces, in the background. There were many.
In Krakow, this artist took a different, more political tack, which I also adored: