The old cliché says that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the hands of a skilled cartoonist it's worth a lot more than that. Open a newspaper, magazine or any other publication and it won't be long before you stumble across a cartoonist's handiwork. Lampooning politicians, illustrating current events, capturing the public mood or just making wisecracks their work has always been a part of the media.
A cartoonist works closely with the commissioning publication to get their artwork as close to spec as possible. This can mean constant revisions, and real attention to detail when it comes to interpreting clients' needs. Often working on a freelance basis, part of their daily routine is marketing their ideas to clients, along with developing artwork and personal projects. Like any freelancer, being comfortable with working to deadline - often in solitude - is essential for the cartoonist.
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