Another of the main attractions on the live day of the Cartoon Festival is the Live Caricaturists, who are on hand ready to draw the public. It’s a unique opportunity for visitors to take home a personalised cartoon, so queues very quickly appear!
There are usually 3 caricaturists working and it’s a great display of individual skills and interpretations. We have some repeat visitors who’ve been drawn at every festival, and it’s not uncommon for families to take home a drawing from each artist if they’re prepared to rejoin the queue.
Recent years have seen the addition of ‘cartoon busking’ to entertain visitors in the queue. Gag cartoonists were performance drawing cartoons for the crowd to also take away. We also introduced the chance to get your caricature printed onto a mug!
This year had an element of physical challenge for the cartoonists because it had snowed first thing that morning.
Here are some photos of this year’s caricaturists.