Cartoonists are hired to produce an exaggerated portrait

Political Cartoonists

Newspapers have brought the art of caricatures into the forefront of modern politics. Illustrators and cartoonists are hired to produce an exaggerated portrait of a politician. Many of these have words added to them. They are used to express political points of view on social and economic issues. They have also been used to highlight prominent figures in society as well as politicians. The successful cartoonist who does caricatures produces transitory art. Once the election is over, their art is no longer needed. If a politician or prominent figure remains in the news, the cartoonist has steady business. Those artists who excel in creating caricatures often pursue other forms of art. David Levine is one example of this. While he produced political cartoons during his career, his personal art was devoted to creating watercolor paintings.