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I had a tai-chi teacher once who played golf.  Until very recently, that was my only connection (if that) to this mystery with the little white ball.

What’s been happening recently is that golf players with a sense of humor (!!)  have found me and my art.  There are, apparently, a few golfers out there who occasionally have a really lousy day on the green. These are accomplished players.  But once in a while, everything goes wrong.  This was the case in September with two brothers, long time players both of them, who played in a local tournament and lost disastrously.  The errors, glitches, misses were so horrendous that they were, on later reflection, comical.  Hello?!  There’s nothing to do but call the caricature artist.  See if this will be therapeutic.

We’ll call the brothers Mike and Bob (not their real names) and say they played somewhere in New England at an undisclosed location.  They’re important guys, you see, and I’m not allowed to tell.  But what a relief, to discover that people who use words like anti-deluvian and fiduciary on a daily basis have such a robust sense of humor about themselves.

I think this is the funniest drawing I’ve ever made—or been allowed to make.  Thank you, Mike!

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Cartooning is a highly specialized art form that is sometimes confused with the art of caricature. Let me be brief here about the distinction.  A caricature focuses on an INDIVIDUAL,  bringing out the uniqueness of this individual and, therefore, stressing distinctive facial features and also personality quirks.  A cartoon deals with a TYPE of person.

In the early days of the art of caricature, artists focused on social types.  For example Hogarth in 18th century England satirized that country’s social classes, especially the affectations of the upper class; Daumier in 19th century France satirized the new, rising bourgeoisie and its attitudes, but he also caricatured the king, an act of courage that landed him in jail.  In the 20th century the word “caricature” was more and more applied to individuals.

If you’re interested in cartooning and want to get a sense what’s involved in learning that art form, see today’s post at http://artamaze.wordpress.com.

For caricatures, www.khilden.com

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