Live Caricature for Your Event

Live Caricature for Your Event

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Book Live Caricature | Silu Cartoon - Live Caricature, Caricaturist London


Why I draw

Through my art, I reveal human beauty in a playful way. My funny portraits incorporate the emotion and energy of the moment and are very popular at the events I'm invited to.

Why do I prefer markers and paper to digital caricature?

The joy and spectacle in art and in live caricature come from simplicity, from having spectacular results using simple tools. Also, from taking risks, markers can't be edited or undone like the digital caricature. More expressive lines with higher drawing speed compared with any digital tools of the moment. Your guests will receive free original artwork signed by the author, not prints.

By booking me, you support my artistic journey and I'm very grateful for that.

A couple being drawn by Silu Cartoon @ The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019, London Marriott Hotel Regents Park
The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019 @ London Marriott Hotel Regents Park


Event Details

How quick and for how long

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 (glasses, beards, etc.).

Most often, my drawings take from 2 to 8 minutes, an average of 5 minutes per drawing. Every time I finish a drawing, I ask my model to invite somebody else for a portrait. Including the gap between changing the models, it means around 10 drawings per hour.

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. Also, 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:

* One armless chair (dining chair) so I can move freely my hands, and one or two chairs for my models if I have to draw couples.
* A small table for my tools and to present some drawings. If there is no table, a chair can be helpful to keep my tools on it. Exposing drawings is optional, but is very helpful to promote the live caricature activity at your event and for your guests to understand what to expect.
* Indoor - Decent lighting in the drawing area, a place close to a window, or a source of light is best.
* Outdoor - 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 interfere with the drawing process like cold, wind, and humidity, which can affect my speed.

Two chairs and a table for live caricatureThree chairs and a table for live caricature plus tripod camera
Settings for live caricature. 1. Wedding Reception @ Oaks Farm, Croydon - May 2022 2. Wedding Reception @ Singer Tavern, London - July 2022

I 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.

Why I need to arrive earlier:

* 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, washing hands after traveling, etc. * It is also desirable to have a short break before starting the event in the best conditions.
* Optionally (I adapt to each event) - If there is space, I will 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.


Why do I draw from sitting at live events

My goal is to make your guests happy by delivering the best live art experience. This means great portraits for as many people as possible.

The best and most effective way of doing live caricature, the quality of drawings and speed, is from sitting - conclusion after several hundred live caricature events and 6 years of constant practice. 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 from standing at live events.

As my drawings are pretty popular and I'm quite busy, walking around is not necessary, moreover, it is a waste of precious time. Also, keep in mind some people may not be comfortable being drawn and the result is not good energy for anyone. Still, I'm happy to move with my drawing board to different areas of the venue where I can find places to sit, if necessary.


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 you book live caricature for your guests only, you can choose to have your caricature done prior to your event from photos. 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. My work requires a high level of concentration and I can't always be aware of what's going on around me.

Photos on Facebook here. Party video.


Your logo & branding

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

Caricature portrait of a bald man with glases with a logo - colour stickerCaricature portrait of a man with a beard with a logo - black and white print


Public liability insurance

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