For those of you who are not familiar with the word caricature, it means a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. Caricaturists hence are the artists who specialize in drawing caricature. Ideal as gifts or souvenirs, a beautiful caricature requires creative imagination and sharp attention to face details. Looking for a good caricaturist? Here’s a list of Malaysia’s Top 10 Caricaturists voted by the public.
1) Lefty Julian
Originating from Penang, Lefty Julian, is a highly experience caricaturist, who is known for his involvement in the Marking George Town Project. If you wander around the streets of George Town, you’re likely to see some of his artworks, such as “George Town Caricature Scupltures by Lefty”. Some other interesting projects of Julian is the Eco Pop Art which is essentially a green project to do a 10-min caricature on recycled cardboards to save the environment. Beyond caricature, Julian is also one of the co-founders of Gilamon Studio, an independent comic publisher.
2) Asree Elaji
Asree Elaji prides himself on his drawing skill which uses the traditional pen-on-paper method. Whether it’s drawn on the spot at weddings, bazaars, corporate events or drawn from photos that are sent to him, Asree knows how to put a smile on your face with his quick and lively caricature. Asree can be hired at competitive rates and has certainly proved to be extremely popular at public events. His composure at sketching faces live has made him one of the most sought after artists in the caricature industry.
3) Olyhairy Othman
Olyhairy Othman, or better known as Oly, is regarded as one of the most skilled and speedy caricaturists in Malaysia. Starting out as an illustrator in December 2001, Oly became a full-time caricaturist in 2008 after finding himself deeply interested in cartoons and caricatures. Driven by passion, 2008 saw Oly taking the bold step of setting up his own company, Olylukis Production. According to Oly, it was wise mentorship which helped him become a well-known caricaturist today.
4) Katon Aqhari
Katon Aqhari is an award-winning caricaturist who is known for his attention to details and creativity. Starting out in the creative industry as an illustrator in 1999, Katon Aqhari soon found recognition after he won first place in a competition for character design in 2008. Thanks to his silky smooth drawing technique, Katon Aqhari became the record holder for the title of First Actors and Actresses Digital Caricature Exhibition by An Artist in the Malaysia Book of Records in 2014.
5) Art Saad
According to Art Saad, personality is one of the most important elements when it comes to producing a good caricature. Regarded as one of the most active caricaturists in the industry, Art Saad’s passion for caricature is evident from his involvement in exhibitions, classes, and any events that are related to caricature. Just so you know, Art Saad is also an animator, storyboard artist and voice talent in animated series.
6) Jai Hud
Although he is considered as one of the latecomers in the live caricature sketching business, that did not stop Jai Hud from gaining a reputation as one of the most popular caricaturists. After spending a few years doing various kinds of jobs, passion for drawing fuelled Jai Hud into caricature and since then, he has never looked back. Jai Hud now works full-time as a freelance artist who enjoys entertaining at various events with his live caricature sketching.
FB: Jai Hud
7) Toinie Korakora
Toinie specialises in caricature, real portrait, and live sketch entertainment, hoping to bring joy and fun to people. He is immensely popular in the art industry in Malaysia. Toinie runs an online website called KorakoraART Design to showcase his masterpieces as well as to take orders from his clients. He maintains that caricatures make the best personalised gifts for loved ones in any occasion.
8) Topek Taib
With more than 10 years of caricature drawing experience, Topek Taib loves doing party caricature because it captures great likeness and creating funny drawings bring fun to people. With highly original and expressive caricatures with a dead-on likeness, Topek approaches caricature with the love and dedication of a master craftsman.
9) Triton Lim
Pahang-born caricaturist, Triton Lim is able to encapsulate one’s persona and profound traits and features in his work. His caricature journey started in 2010, hoping to bring humour to people. The self-taught artist learned various drawing techniques through tutorial CDs before he became a full-time successful caricaturist. Today, his artworks are featured in various major magazines and newspapers around the country.
10) Vivian Lees
While it started out as a hobby, Vivian eventually finally found a way to use coffee in a different way—drawing live caricatures at bazaars, events, parties, weddings and café launches. The talented caricaturist got an early start as her mother was her art teacher and helped develop her talent. She uses coffee because of its warm tones and vintage effects which make her painting extraordinary.