Kartoon Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Specializing in Drawing Comic Cartoon Caricatures at EVENTS as Entertainment

Our Mission and a bit of our Philosophy at "Funny! Not Ugly!!" Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner
WE ARE THERE TO MAKE YOU LAUGH!

This is a composite of photos all shot on the same date at the same event where we were performing. Each of these students at an all-night high school graduation party in 2016, when their photo was snapped, was reacting to a different drawing done by Pete Wagner that night. What these photos show is this: When we draw, we don't just sit there like a human picture-making machine, cranking out "product." We PERFORM. We INTERACT. We ENGAGE. We set out to truly ENTERTAIN. To put it in comic parlance, we "KILL."

WE ARE THERE TO ENTERTAIN YOU!

IF YOU ARE sizing up a caricature artist to be an ENTERTAINER at your event, it's more important to see the responses of the GUESTS than the DRAWINGS done by the "artist" to judge how good the performer is. Most others will show you some of their best drawings and put all the focus on how "talented" or "skillful" the artist is when it comes to producing drawings as if you are just buying a bushel of commodities. At their websites, they count on pushing your buttons with impressive finished looking "masterpieces" of fine, perfectionistically crafted "artwork" embellished with gimmicky stylistic flourishes (which 90%+ of the drawings they actually will be able to do at the event may bear scant resemblance to). They think of caricatures more like party favors than ENTERTAINMENT. The emphasis is on some material "thing" being manufactured to hand out to your guests. And they put all the attention on "the artist" rather than on YOU, the CLIENT and YOUR GUESTS. We are just the opposite.



Our philosophy is best summed up at the header of Pete's BLOG section of this website:

-WE PERFORM COMEDY WITH A MARKER AND PAPER INSTEAD OF A MICROPHONE-

"I think of caricaturing as more closely related to COMEDY than to VISUAL ART. I think to be really good at it, a caricature artist has to draw in a way that is more like what a COMEDIAN does than like what a VISUAL ARTIST or ILLUSTRATOR or PORTRAIT ARTIST does. The main difference between a caricaturist and a comedian is that we deliver our "jokes" mainly with a marker on paper rather than through a microphone.

-THE BEST COMIC ART IS COMIC FIRST, ART SECOND-


"Caricature is basically a type of COMIC art. Comic as in “HA HA” funny comic. And COMIC FIRST, ART SECOND. The comedy is the main thing. The art is a MEANS to that end, not the main END in itself.

-STRAIGHT ART IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM COMIC ART-

"Portraiture, illustration and other forms of visual art are basically STRAIGHT art. Even when they are done with the intention of being humorous, the humor is secondary to the art." For them, the art is the main END.

-CARTOONISTS ARE BETTER FOR CARICATURING THAN ILLUSTRATORS, PORTRAIT ARTISTS, PAINTERS-

We are the only caricature artists around performing at events with a solid background as CARTOONISTS. True, genuine, authentic caricature is a close relative to and often a synonym for cartoon. See our ABOUT section on the drop-down menu above. All the others are illustrators, portrait artists and other kinds of "straight," not COMIC, visual artists, sidelining as caricaturists.

-IF YOU WANT ENTERTAINMENT, HIRE A REAL PERFORMER-

Contrast those to Pete, who has even performed comedy shows on stage as a regular at the leading local stand-up comedy club in Minneapolis, at 33 colleges around the country and as a regular drawing fast cartoons and caricatures live on KMSP-TV's morning news show.

We are your best bet for ENTERTAINMENT at an event.

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