Live Caricature



Live Caricature for Your Event

Probably the Cutest Caricatures in London

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When you book please keep in mind live caricature is a performance, so, usually, there is no need for everybody to be drawn, some of your guests will enjoy watching.

How quick and for how long

The live caricature is a natural process and the maximum speed is acquired after the first few drawings. A minimum of two hours per event is recommended. The maximum time for a live caricature event is 6 hours. Depending on the complexity, the average for a mix of portraits of children and adults is around 10 single caricatures per hour. The quickest drawings can be less than 3 minutes. Still, as this is an artistic process, the figures are indicative, so, I can't guarantee an exact number of drawings, please learn why below. I focus on quality.

The number of drawings per hour is related to:
1. The complexity of the models and how many details (glasses, earrings, beards etc.) I need to add to a drawing.
2. The size of the gaps between drawings. Usually, I'm very busy so the gaps are minimal, as well, every time when I finish a drawing, I ask my model to invite somebody else for a portrait.
3. The first two minutes are more important for the drawing process. It is perfectly fine to draw people who talk and have fun, but if for any reason I can't see my model face (let's say you talk with somebody from behind you), this can increase the drawing time considerably.

PRICES:
2 hours - £240 | *£216
3 hours - £320 | *£288
4 hours - £380 | *£342
5 hours - £420 | *£378
6 hours - £440 | *£396

Travel expenses - for journeys exceeding 10 miles around central London, £1 per mile will be added for every supplementary mile, two ways.

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Silu Cartoon @ The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019, London Marriott Hotel Regents Park
The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019, London Marriott Hotel Regents Park 

Booking Procedure

A 20% deposit must be paid to secure the booking at a specified date and the price listed above. Full payment is preferred if the date of your event is close to the booking date, for example, 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. The full amount has to be paid no later than 3 days before the event date. That's because I'm interested to focus strictly on art during the event day. Unfortunately, I only accept cash on the event day in case extra hours are neededThe live caricature event is subject to full payment made in advance.

Why My Portraits Stand Out

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."

Motivation / Why I draw
Through my art, I try to reveal human beauty in a playful way. My drawings incorporate the emotion and energy of the moment and are very popular at the events where I'm invited. I'm pleased and humbled to find out my art brings moments of joy in people life. 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 events when I have the chance. Find more about my artistic philosophy on The Artist page.

All drawings are unique and unrepeatable
Your guest will receive original artworks as a memory, signed by the author, 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, markers can't be edited or undone like the digital caricature.

Quality of the line
Made with black markers on high-quality cards (not ordinary paper), the artworks are defined by a clear powerful line. Unlike the drawings done in other media, doesn't blend and have a clean, professional look with no under layers.


Event Details

The portraits
For live events, I do single portraits (best for the clarity of details and speed) and double portraits, A4 size. The portraits are delivered to your guests in transparent protective sleeves ready to be framed. Group portraits are suitable for studio work only as requires much more time because of the higher complexity. For events longer than two hours I can need a short break (loo etc.), this is to be certain I keep the quality of the line high and I deliver only the best quality drawings. To can see your face, I'll ask you to "watch me", like when we have a conversation.
For a successful live caricature event, it is necessary to have:
1. Indoor - Decent lighting in the drawing area, a place close to a window or a source of light is best.
2. Outdoor - Shaded area, sunlight can be very powerful and its reflection on paper can make the drawing process very challenging or impossible. Is good to remember there can be a few other factors that can interfere with the drawing process like cold, wind, humidity.
3. Two chairs of normal size (three if I have to draw couples).
4. A small table for my tools and to present some drawings for your guests to know what to expect. If there is no table, a chair can be helpful to keep my tools on. I can draw without, but it can decrease my speed if I need to keep some things on the floor.

I arrive earlier
I arrive always at least 30 minutes / 1 hour earlier to discuss every detail and to be sure we can set up the event the best way. 30-40 minutes is the minimum time needed for the event settings.
Why I need to arrive earlier:
* I can help with choosing the best place for the live caricature, if necessary. * I expose some drawings, usually over the table, for your guests to know what to expect .* Changing clothes, washing hands after travelling etc. * Having a break is necessary, as well, before starting the event in the best conditions.

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 to your event from photos. The drawing will be delivered on my arrival, before the live event. Please let me know if you need this service to be included in your quote.


Silu Cartoon @ The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich Weeding
Silu Cartoon @ The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich

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!".


Live Caricature @ Under 1 Roof First Birthday. Photos on Facebook, here & here. Party video.

Your logo & branding
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 provided by you at the bottom of every front page. Alternatively, you can have your logo printed, black & whitefor free, for a limited number of sheets, 10 per every hour of the event.


Why I draw from sitting at live events
Even if I enjoy drawing in any condition, seated or standing, 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. My goal is to make your guest happy by doing as many drawings as possible, so, 2 chairs is a minimum request (3, if I need to draw couples) for a good successful live caricature event with lots of happy guests. If there is no way to have at least two chairs for live caricature, unfortunately, for technical reasons, I can't attend your event.

I'm happy to change the drawing place, from outdoor to indoor and vice versa, if necessary, during the longer events if guests change the main place of the party.

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
More expressive lines with higher drawing speed comparing with any digital tools of the moment. Your guests will receive originals, not prints.

Can I have "Big Ben" in 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. Any supplementary details added by hand like messages etc. can decrease seriously the drawing speed. I'll be happy to add stickers with your message/logo, learn more about this on " Your logo & branding".

Public liability insurance
Insured.

Past Events


Live Caricature @ Christmas Party, Oxford
Town Hall - 3 Hours event | 06 Dec 2019
Client: Taylor & Francis Group

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Live Caricature @ The Romanian Christmas Ball 2019, London
Marriott Hotel Regents Park - 5 Hours event | 23 Nov 2019
Photos from the event here.
Client: Romanian Medical Society UK & Romanians in the UK

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Live Caricature @ Mixed Drawings from 3 Weddings
The Tournerbury Woods Estate, Hayling Island - 2 Hours Event, 28 Sep 2019 | The Islington Metal Works Wedding Venue, London - 2 Hours Event, 05 Oct 2019 | 1901 Ballroom Andaz, London - 2 Hours Event, 12 Oct 2019

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Live Caricature @ Wedding, London
The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich - 3 Hours event |16 Aug 2019

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Live Caricature @ Wedding, London
St Andrew’s Undershaft Church - 2 Hours events | 27 July 2019

Amazing architecture contrast in London. Did you spot the church?
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Live Caricature @ Mozilla - Friends & Family Day, London
Crowne Plaza London Kensington hotel - 5 Hours event | 20 July 2019
Client: Mozilla

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Live Caricature @ Birthday Party & Celebration, London
Bluebird and Dynasty restaurants - 2 Hours events | 13 and 14 July 2019

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Live Caricature @ Birthday Party, London
Private Venue, Romford - 2 Hours, 6 July 2019

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Live Caricature @ Wedding, Folkestone
The Grand, The Leas - 4 Hours, 23 June 2019

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Live Caricature @ Fundraising Event, Aldershot
Westgate Retail and Leisure Park - 4 Hours - 22 June 2019
Client: Carousel - award-winning consumer PR and digital agency

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Live Caricature @ Private PartyStanford le Hope
Garden party following a recent wedding - 3 Hours, 15 June 2019

Check the Certified Review by Sarah on POPTOP UK Event Booking
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Live Caricature @ Celebration Party, London
Imperial Wharf the Boulevard - 4 Hours, 2 June 2019


Check the Certified Review by Maryann Mcmahon on POPTOP UK Event Booking
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Live Caricature @ Holy Communion Party, London
Sacred Heart of Jesus and St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church - 3 Hours, 1 June 2019

Check the Certified Review by Alvin Tellis on POPTOP UK Event Booking
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Live Caricature @ Birthday Party, Camberley
Camberley football Club - 3 Hours, 13 Apr 2019

Check the Certified Review by Amanda Humphreys on POPTOP UK Event Booking
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Live Caricature @ Wedding, London
The City Pavilion - 36 drawings, the quickest drawings in less than 3 minutes - 3 Hours, 9 Apr 2019

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Live Caricature @ National Gallery, London

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Live Caricature @ Greenwich Market - 2018



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


Photos by Eltham Arts and Miriam Storey
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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

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Live Caricature @ Capital Art Gallery - 2017

Credit Eltham Arts
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