Ticqui Aycock is our latest Artist Spotlight! She is a caricature artist and is getting back into sculpting. Check out her story and artwork below!

Q: Where did you get your start, and how long have you been a caricature artist?
A: I’ve been drawing caricatures for 28yrs. Summer job after high school at Sea World Ohio.

Q: Where are you currently working?
A: Self employed: ArtisTICQally Made.

Q: What kind of gigs are you doing, if any?
A: Markets, festivals and private parties.

Q: COVID has had a huge impact on our industry. How has it impacted you personally, as a professional caricature artist?
A: COVID wiped out my festival season march-October. Financially we were lower than ever and severely struggling.

Q: What are some of the caricature skills that you continue to use in your studio work?
A: Always drawing caricatures...it even influences my portraits and the skills I’ve developed from caricatures really help me with my other art forms

Q: What are your goals with your studio work?
A: I hope to get back into sculpture and expand/improve other areas of my art skills.

Q: Can you tell us some more about your sculpture work?
A: Sculpting is something I got interested in, in college. My teacher Gary Ross sculpted. The Bob Fellar statue at one of the stadiums in Cleveland. I love the idea of using clay to work out my frustrations and bring something 3D to life. I have only made small sculptures: dragon, characters from the Dark Crystal (my favorite movie). At one point I wanted to be a sculptress more than a caricaturist.

Q: Are there things that you get from your studio work that retail caricature can’t provide? Do you like having the freedom to explore other topics and themes, for example?
A: I do like exploring other topics and there will always be somethings I learn outside of caricatures, but I always seem to go back to caricatures. I just really love that art style.

Q: What are your favorite tools for retail or digital caricature?
A: Copic markers and prismacolor art stix and definitely like the way my supplies react to my paper: Hammermill printer paper.

Q: What hobbies or passions do you have outside of caricature?
A: I love architecture and interior design (on paper) and making anything to help people.

Q: Who are your favorite women artists in caricature or in related industries?
A: Susy Walker, and Jennifer King are people I have had the pleasure to work with.

Q: Thanks again for participating in WIC's Artist Spotlight! Where can we follow your work?
A. www.ArtisTICQallyMade.com
Instagram: @ArtisTICQallyMade
Facebook page: Kartika Aycock/ArtisTICQally Made

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