Live Caricature for Events

Live Caricature for Events

We provide live caricature entertainment for all types of events

Corporate Functions | Weddings | Birthday Parties | Kids Parties | Private Parties | Proms | Anniversaries | Celebrations | 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 (glasses, beards, etc.).

Most often, my drawings take around 5 minutes (2-8 minutes), which means an average of 10 portraits in A4 size per hour. 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. The live caricature is teamwork. The drawings can be more accurate when my model is more involved in the drawing process.

4min20s Caricature @ Tower Bridge London - July 2022

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

* One chair for me and one for my model, or two 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 it's very helpful 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 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

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 do 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 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?

* 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 most effective way of drawing caricatures live is by sitting, conclusion after hundreds of live caricature events during 6 years of activity.

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 to deliver the best.

* After making the first drawing usually I'm very busy, and I can't leave my chair for hours anyway, so 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. For similar reasons, I don't draw people during meals.

*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.


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.

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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

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Why do I prefer markers and paper to digital media?

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 original artwork signed by the author, not prints.

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