For the first time ever, live caricature will feature at an Ink Overflow event. Brought to us by the talented KaaToony Caricatures who is only a year into his craft and has mastered the art of speed cartoon portraits. His self-education has been an intricate process and we sat with him and had a little chat.
Ink Overflow: When did you decide to become an artist?
KaaToony Caricatures: When I realized that art is a serious career. That happened when my cousin came to live with us while he pursued a diploma in graphic design. I was making art way before then but I didn’t know I could do it as a career.
I.O: Was caricature always your interest?
K.C: Not particularly. I started out as a painter and part-time illustrator and I loved making funny faces of people, just for the fun of it. I never thought it would turn into anything until last year while looking for opportunities to leverage my skills to increase my income. After a bit of research and practice, here I am…
IO: Where did you learn your art?
KC: I learned most of what I know in Kenyatta University where I pursued a degree in Fine Art
IO: How do you structure your days?
KC: Weekdays are mostly studio days, I make my own work: collages, paintings or commissions. I draw caricatures mostly on weekends and evenings
IO: What is your favorite part of caricature?
KC: When I successfully exaggerate a face and manage to make people laugh. That keeps me going
IO: What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
KC: I should have read those art books in school and paid more attention to my sketchbook. Would be way better today
IO: What’s the best advice you ever received?
KC: A good artist doesn’t copy, he steals. For real!
IO: What is still your biggest challenge in Kenya’s art industry?
KC: Getting art materials
IO: Is art full time for you?
IO: Who inspired the last thing you drew?
KC: Well, that last thing I drew today was an illustration for a children book so I guess the story inspired it.
IO: How do you deal with creative blocks?
KC: I work on different projects at the same time so when I block on one I move on to the next.
IO: What is beauty to you?
KC: Something or someone that attracts you.
IO: What advice do you have for other artists?
KC: Learn, un-learn, re-learn and repeat the process.