Series of caricatures

M.F.A. Thesis Abstract

Through exaggeration of certain facial elements, the portrait artist can use caricature effectively to reveal the personality of the subject. This thesis reveals the use and effectiveness of caricature as a technique by examining the history of caricature, the markets in which caricature thrives, and examples of caricatures both historical and contemporary. The visual component of this thesis includes fourteen caricatures of subjects from a television show. The numerous subjects chosen have unique personalities, which are made apparent through emphasis on differing facial elements.

The written component of Jess's MFA Thesis, Portraiture as Exaggeration: A Study of Historical and Contemporary Caricature, can be accessed upon request.



(First row, center) is a winning illustration in the Communication Arts 2017 competition. Out of the 3,995 entries, only 178 artworks were published in the 58th Illustration Annual.

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A print of the caricature (second row, left) was personally requested by Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer. It was later posted on her Instagram.

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A photograph of Jenna Fischer with her print was featured in the July 3, 2017 issue of Us Weekly magazine.


All fourteen caricatures were featured on the official Penn State social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.