LIVE CARICATURE






Quick Cute Portraits for Your Event
*Probably the cutest portraits in London*

Add a live art experience to your event which you and your guests will remember - Corporate Events, Weddings, Private Parties, Trade Shows, Conferences, Fundraising Events, in London and around.

When you book please keep in mind live caricature is a performance, so, there is no need for everybody to be drawn. Usually, not all the guest want a drawing. Some of your guests will enjoy watching. Two hours minimum per event is recommended. The live caricature is a natural process and the maximum speed is acquired after the first few drawings. Depending on the complexity, the quickest drawings can take less than 3! minutes. The average is 10 drawings/hour. The number of drawings per hour is related to the size of the gaps between drawings (usually, I'm very busy so the gaps are minimum) and to the complexity of the models. Travel charges may apply for outside London events.


2 hours - £240
3 hours - £300
4 hours - £360
5 hours - £400

*Submit your event details for a QUOTE! Discounts may be available for certain periods of the year.*



I'm very proud to get the highest rating from my clients

My style of drawing makes me very popular and attractive at the events where I'm invited, often I'm the last entertainer who leaves the place as I always have people waiting for a drawing. Thank you all for appreciation regarding my work!


Booking Procedure

Full payment is preferred if possible or if the date of your event is close to the booking date, for example, 1 month - 2 weeks beforehand. In this case, everything is set and there is nothing else you have to do. As well, less paperwork means more time for art. Otherwise, a 20% deposit (only 10% for 2020) must be paid to secure the booking at a specified date and the price listed above. Full amount has to be paid no later than 3 days before the event date. If you require further flexibility or wish to discuss details, please get in touch.


Why My Portraits Stand Out
What to check when you choose a caricature artist for your event

Choose for your guests to feel flattered (not offended)
Unlike classical caricature, my portraits reveal a pleasant appearance, not the ugliness and grotesque. The constant feedback I receive is: "I'm more beautiful in your drawing than in reality."

All drawings are unique and unrepeatable
Your guest will receive for free original artworks signed by the author (I have great respect for my art, I don't do anonymous artworks), NOT prints. The joy and spectacle in art and in live caricature come from simplicity, from having spectacular results using simple tools. Also, from taking risks, permanent markers can't be edited or undone like the digital caricature.

Quality of the line
Made with permanent markers (deep black), the artworks are defined by a clear, powerful line which generates a high black & white contrast. Unlike the drawings done in pencils or other media, are resistant (doesn't blend) and have a clean, professional look with no under layers.



Motivation / Why I draw
Through my art, I try to reveal human beauty in a playful way. My drawings generate moments of joy and incorporate the emotion and energy of the moment. It takes great effort, dedication and practice, full time, for years, while you invest the best vibes and emotions for any artistic activity to reach a good level of performance. I'm very happy that I can draw so many people who enjoy and value my work. As part of your event, you sustain my artistic journey to continue and I am very grateful for that. I'm, also, happy to support charities and fundraising events when I have the chance. Find more about my artistic philosophy on THE ARTIST page.

Can I have the Big Ben Tower on the background?
Because I'm interested in drawing the most expressive quick portraits, I focus my art on portraits only, so I don't add generic things to my drawings.


Event Details

The portraits
Individual portraits on A4 size (200gsm paper) is the best choice for the clarity of details and speed, and a higher speed results in more people having a portrait done. The portraits, ready to be framed, are delivered to your guests for free protected in transparent folders. I'm happy to draw multiple portraits, couples or a maximum of three portraits (occasionally) on the same sheet, as well, but compositions are more complex and can be slightly slower.
For every 2 hours, I may need a short, roughly, 10 min break. This is to be certain I keep the quality of the line high and I deliver only the best quality drawings. I arrive always at least 30 minutes / 1 hour earlier to discuss every detail and to be sure we can set up the event best way. My aim is to make your guests happy by drawing as many portraits as possible.

For a successful live caricature event, is good to have
1. Decent lighting, indoors, in the drawing area. A place close to a window or a source of light is best.   2. Two chairs normal size (three if I have to draw couples).   3. A small table is helpful for my tools and to present some drawings for your guests to know what to expect.   4. Shaded area, outdoor. Sunlight can be very powerful and its reflection on paper makes the drawing process very challenging.

Weddings
If you think you'll be too busy during your event to attend the live session (bride and groom) and you book live caricature for your guests only, you can choose to have your caricature done prior your event. The drawing will be delivered on my arriver, before the live event. Please let me know if you need this service to be included in your quote.




Working with children
Kids are amazing models for cartoons. They understand and take my work very seriously. :) I have developed a poignant way of drawing children and have received wonderful feedback. For more on this, please check my gallery and the certified review on Poptop UK Event Booking by Andrew Shires @ Polka Theatre - children’s theatre in Wimbledon. I know I'm doing something special when they don't leave without telling me: "I want to draw like you!".

Your logo & branding
The artwork looks better by itself, as well, some of your guests will like to have the freedom to frame only the portrait. Still, if it is important for your business/event, you can have your logo or other symbols at the bottom of the front page, but it is preferable to keep it as simple as possible. I'll be happy to add stickers (preferable - you can choose the quality of printing etc.) provided by you at the bottom of every front page.
Alternatively, you can have your logo printed, black & white (it works only for black and white with no shades), for free, for a limited number of sheets, 10 per every hour of the event. The backside of the sheet contains info for your guests to can learn more about the artist and story behind the art - "why I draw - find out about my artistic philosophy"The understanding of why and how the artist chose to express himself thru his work, makes the art experience more complete.


 


Why I Don't Walk Around

Even if I enjoy drawing in any condition, seated or standing (See "Drawing people on London streets" project, on Live Caricature page, below), my aim is to deliver only the best portraits and live art experiences to your guests. The best and most effective way of doing live caricature, the quality of drawings and speed, is from sitting. Walking around is not the best way of doing live caricature and is rarely necessary, learn why below.

My drawings are pretty popular
Usually, I'm stuck in a chair for hours drawing people, while others wait for a drawing. So I can't, or there's no point to mix and mingle with your guest, as my goal is making your guest happy by doing as many drawings as possible. I have, from time to time, requests to mingle with guests, but after the first drawings, usually, I became so busy as there is no reason and time for me to walk around. A table is helpful but may not be necessary if there is no space, but 2 chairs is a minimum request for a good successful live caricature event which results in lots of happy guests. If there is no way for you to have at least two chairs at your event for live caricature, unfortunately, for technical reasons, I can't attend your event.

I'm happy to change the drawing place during the event
Still, if the main place is indoor I'm happy to go to the garden for a while, let say, to draw your guests if the garden is busier as long there is a place to sit. So even if I'm happy to do anything to achieve the best results for your event (I always interact with guests, if necessary, and I invite them to have a drawing in a friendly way), I deny invitations to events where walking around must be the only approach. 

Be a model
To draw portraits I need to see faces and to be able to interact with your guests, this is how they enjoy the drawing process and the art experience. I'm happy to draw people while they're talking and enjoying the moment of being models for a few minutes, mostly for the first time in their life, but I don't do portraits walking around the tables during the meal and I choose to don't draw people who don't want a portrait, it ignores or doesn't enjoy the process. These are totally undesirable situations, don't generate good vibes and doesn't give the best results in art when it's about portraits. The best portraits are made during the interaction with the model. In fact, this is really helpful for me to add a personal touch in their portrait. I'm, also, happy to interact with your guests while I'm drawing if they are interested to find more about what is behind my art and not only.

Art with no compromise
My style of drawing requires high pressure on my pen for a good quality line whit different variations for the thickness which is better achieved when sitting. So, I'm very happy to do portraits at your event if you think your guests will enjoy the experience of being a model and sitting in front of me a few minutes for a drawing. 

You don't want for your guests to be stuck waiting for a drawing
Even if people can have great fun while waiting for a drawing as they talk, laugh, and even applause sometimes, if you think is better for them to don't wait, I'll be happy to give them numbers. Usually, this can be helpful for big parties and weddings. Please let me know if you think this is necessary when you book me.


Why I Prefer Paper and Markers to Digital Caricature

I used graphics software and computers to draw for 12 years and I can say there's nothing more expressive and spectacular for making art and especially live caricature than simple tools like markers and paper. The accuracy of how emotions are transposed in lines and the expressivity of a drawing is incomparable higher comparing with any digital tools of the moment. The drawing speed is higher, as well, that means more drawings for your event.


The Drawing That Was Not Liked


I draw once the above portrait to practice, I ask permission to random people to practice my quick portraits. After I finished the drawing in 5 minutes, my "model" was felt offended because, probably, I make fun of her. She still did consider that is a good idea to have a photo with my drawing, which she didn't receive. I understand people have different personalities and can have different expectations. If for any reason you can find the drawing from above or any other of my drawings offensive, please don't book me :). Why? Read above "Motivation / Why I draw".


Public liability insurance

Insured.


I will need from you

1. Your full name and address (not venue address) for the invoice.
2. The time and time frame when you want to have live caricature at your event. As I dedicate the full day to the event, the time frame is flexible, but please let me know in advance so I can fit it with my travel.
3. The event venue address.


Payment details

Payment should be made by bank transfer to the following account:
Account Name: Vasile Pascuta
Bank: Barclays
Sort Code: 209467
Account Number: 63541398
Please notify the payment.


Previous Clients Who Booked Live Caricature Include:

         
      
   

Thank you all for supporting my artistic journey!
Silu


Drawings and Feedback from Events


Drawing People on London Streets
A project of spontaneous art for people of London.

These drawings are usually done outdoors in difficult conditions in minutes. There are no chairs, easel or other preparations. The energy generated by the interaction with my models goes into my lines and compositions. I like challenges and it's challenging for me to draw people on not very friendly weather, low light, sometimes in the night time, in front of a restaurant on the stairs, in the bus station. It's also about pushing my limits, a symbolic way of overcoming obstacles through art.

Thank you so much to these wonderful people (and not only) for being part of my project. I'm really lucky to live in a place where art is appreciated, enjoyed and supported by people and authorities.

Thank you, London!



Live Caricature @ National Gallery, London




Live Caricature @ Taste of India, Severndroog Castle
Eltham Park Festival - 2017


Photos by Eltham Arts and Miriam Storey



Live Caricature @ Greenwich Market - 2018







Live Caricature @ The Greenwich Centre - Better

Two days of live caricature | The Greenwich Centre
31 03 2017 and 13 04 2017

"I’d like to thank you for the 2 days you spent recently in the centre. The public really enjoyed your art and it was fantastic to see the pictures bringing joy to our customers." Sub Baidya | Service Centre Manager

2nd birthday | The Greenwich Centre
24 06 2017

"Your drawings were a big part of our celebration weekend and staff and customers alike loved having you here." Sub Baidya | Service Centre Manager




Live Caricature @ Eltham Library (24 drawings)
04 02 2017
"Thank you for spending the day with us at Eltham Library, amazing portraits and very happy customers!" Miriam Storey | Deputy Manager

First drawing...


Drawings from Live Caricature @ Under 1 Roof (48 drawings)
25th and 26th Feb 2017
"Look at the fabulous caricatures that were done at our birthday weekend by the brilliant Silu Cartoon!"

See her HERE

See him HERE










Live Caricature @ Greenwich Cutty Sark Gardens

See her HERE



"Me drawing" photo, credit: bandanasplus


Live Caricature @ Southbank Centre - Royal Festival Hall, London





Drawings from
Art and Craft Fair, Tudor Barn | Taste of India, New Eltham Library | Cutty Sark area, Greenwich




Live Drawing @ Autumn Fayre, Severndroog Castle






Thank you all for supporting my work by agreeing to have a photo in my gallery!

DISCLAIMER

This website is not for very serious people!
Please don't be offended by its content if you are part of the left side flock (see above).
These drawings don't intend to be elaborated portraits, but quick, simplified interpretations as per artist view.
Evolution occurs through the free expression of ideas not by their oppression >>>.
"Every art has one single goal: freedom." Sergiu Celibidache

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