Live Caricature for Events

Live Caricature for Events


Caricature entertainment for all types of events

Corporate Function | Wedding | Birthday Party | Kids Party | Engagement | Hen Party | Private Party | Stag Party | Prom | Anniversary | Celebration | Halloween | Mother's day | Valentine's Day | Christmas Party | New Year's Eve

A couple posing for a caricature @ The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019
The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019 @ London Marriott Hotel Regents Park


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Event Details

The live caricature is a natural process and the maximum speed is acquired after the first few drawings. Also, the time for a portrait is related to the complexity of the model and how many details I need to add to the drawing. Usually, drawing kids is faster, and drawing adults is slower.

Most often, my drawings take from 2 to 6 minutes. Including the gap between changing models, that's about 10 A4 portraits per hour. Every time I finish a drawing I ask my model to invite somebody else.

Still, as this is an artistic process, the figures are indicative, so, I can't guarantee an exact number of drawings. I focus on quality. If for any reason I can't see my model's face, let's say you talk with somebody from behind you, this can increase the drawing time considerably.

4min20s Caricature @ Tower Bridge London - July 2022


For a successful live caricature event, it is necessary to have:

1. One chair for me and one for my model, or two if I have to draw couples. I use a very high level of pressure to achieve clear, precise lines for my drawings, and also for keeping high speed during the event, I'll need at least one place to sit available at a dining chair height.

Walking around and drawing from standing can severely decrease the speed and drawing quality, for every artist, no exception, so I choose not to draw by standing at live events because I'm only interested in delivering the best. Still, I can move around the room with my drawing board everywhere there is a place to sit if necessary.

2. Having a small table is best to keep my paper and tools accessible on it and to present some drawings for your guests to understand what to expect. I don't need a table to draw, still, if there is no table, a stool, or anything like that, can be helpful, to keep my tools on it.

3.1 Indoor - Reasonable lighting in the drawing area, a place close to a window, or a source of light is best. Decent ambient lighting is okay as well. If the general light is drastically reduced during the event, for dancing for example, please ensure that the drawing area still has sufficient light so I can see my model.

3.2 Outdoor (>18°C) - A shaded area is a must! Sunlight can be very powerful and its reflection on paper can make the drawing process very challenging or impossible. Also, there is no way to perform to the highest standards in the hot sun for hours. It is good to remember there can be a few other factors that can affect the drawing process or even make it impossible, like cold (I don't move my body for hours), wind, and humidity which can affect the paper quality.

Two chairs and a table for live caricature
Settings for live caricature
1. Wedding Reception @ Oaks Farm Croydon - May 2022  2. Wedding Reception @ Singer Tavern London - Jul 2022  3. Corporate function @ 100 Bishopsgate London - Dec 2022


Why do I need to arrive earlier?

I arrive always 30 minutes - 1 hour earlier to discuss every detail and to be sure we can set up the event the best way.

* If necessary, I can help with choosing the best place for drawing.
* I expose some drawings, usually over a table, for your guests to know what to expect.
* Changing clothes and shoes, washing hands after traveling, etc.
* Optionally (I adapt to each event) - If there is space, I can have a tripod with a camera set up and ask permission from some of your guests during the event to record a few clips for my social media and as a nice memory for them.


I draw from sitting, I'm not walking around. Why?

Silu drawing a carticature of a girl
Snap Opening Office Party, London - May 2023

I aim to make your guests happy by delivering the best live art experience. This means great portraits for as many people as possible. The most effective way of drawing caricatures live is by sitting - a conclusion after hundreds of live caricature events.

Usually, after making the first drawing, I can't leave my chair for hours because of the high requests for my drawings, so walking around is most of the time not necessary, moreover, it can be a waste of precious time. Also, remember that some people may not be comfortable being drawn and the result is not good energy for anyone.


Weddings

Photo of a caricature and photo of a bride smiling with her caricature
Weeding @ The Walled Garden, Upminster - Jun 2022

If you think you'll be too busy during your event to attend the live session (bride and groom and family members) and you book live caricatures for your guests only, you can choose to have your caricature done prior to your event from photos at a discounted price of 20% OFF. The drawing will be delivered on my arrival, before the live event.

Wedding Reception @ Singer Tavern, London - July 2022


Kids Parties - Drawing the Innocence
A litte girl caricature with a party cone hat
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. I know I'm doing something special when they don't leave without telling me: "I want to draw like you!".

Children must be supervised at all times during the drawing process by the parents or people in charge. My work requires a high level of focus and I cannot always be aware of what is happening around me.

Photos on Facebook. Party video.


Your logo & branding

I'm happy to print your name, event, or logo in black and white for free on the A4 size paper I use for single portraits. Unfortunately, I can't print the A3 size paper I use for multiple portraits. Also, I can add stickers with your logo or other symbols if provided by you, at the bottom of every front page.

A4 drawing with a NAME/EVENTA4 drawing with a LOGOA4 drawing with a STIKERA4 drawing with a NAMES & DATE


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Public & Product Liability Insurance - 10,000,000.


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