Silu Design Studio - Live Caricature
London, Greater London, London
Live Caricature for Your Event - Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings, Fundraising Events.
Add a live art experience to your event which you and your guests will remember.
When you book please keep in mind live caricature is a performance, so, there is no need for everybody to be drawn. Some of your guests will be happy only to watch.
Choose for your guests to feel flattered (not offended)!
This is not 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."
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Two hours minimum per event is recommended. Live caricature is a natural process and the maximum speed is acquired after the first few drawings. Depending on complexity, the quickest drawings takes only 3-5 minutes. Travel charges may apply for outside London events.
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 50% deposit must be paid to ensure the booking at the price specified 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.
Individual portraits on A4 size (200gsm paper) is the best choice for the clarity of details and speed. The portraits are delivered to your guests protected in premium transparent folders. Multiple portraits one the same sheet can be drawn, as well, but can take longer, so single drawings are preferable. 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 always arrive at least 30 minutes / 1-hour earlier, to discuss every detail, to be sure we can set the event how is convenient for you and be in the best shape when the event starts. My focus is on drawing as many people as possible and making happy your guests.
Working from a stationary position or mix and mingle with your guests?
I enjoy both. The speed while working from a stationary position can be higher.
Live caricature is best with...
1. Decent lighting (indoors) 2. Two chairs normal size 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), if possible. Sunlight can be very powerful and its reflection on paper makes the drawing process more challenging.
Working with children
I think there are no better models for cartoons than kids. 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!".
If you think you'll be too busy during your event to attend the live session and you book live caricature for your guests only, you can choose to have your caricature done (bride and groom) full colour from photos and framed, prior to or after your event Please let me know if you need this service to be included in your quote.
Your logo & branding
I'll be happy to add stickers (provided by you) at the bottom of every front page. You can have for free your logo printed, as well, black & white.
Public Liability Insurance
Why I prefer paper and markers versus digital caricature
I used graphics software and computers to draw for 15 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 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 digital caricature.
My drawings incorporate the emotion and energy of the moment. The accuracy of how this is transposed in lines and the expressivity of a drawing is incomparable higher when it's used marker and paper comparing with any digital tools of the moment.
Higher speed, that means more drawings for you.
You can have the original to frame it, not prints. All drawings are unique and unrepeatable. Every drawing is signed by the author, as well.
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.
The time frame is flexible if you change your mind.
3. The event venue address.
Previous clients who booked live caricature include:
Royal Borough of Greenwich for Eltham Music Festival
Cirque le Soir, London - One of the most exhilarating clubbing brands in the world
The Flying Seagull Project for Salesforce Tower, London
Polka Theatre, London - Children’s theatre in Wimbledon
Under 1 Roof, London - Children's Play Centre
The Greenwich Centre, London - Better
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Silu Design Studio - Live Caricature
What do you love most about your job?
The joy that my art brings to my clients.
My portraits capture various, beautiful, genuine expressions and are not limited to the very highly used "smile". Even if these portraits can look relatively simple, there it's a very complex process of emotions and feelings that allow me to represent this kind of drawings. Every drawing is a new adventure full of adrenaline in finding the balance, the beauty and the harmony. There's no difference between my art and my personality.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I enjoy diversity
For this reason, drawing portraits is such a joyful experience! It makes me aware of beauty in the world and I choose to reveal it my way. Diversity is beautiful. Diversity is about how nature expresses its freedom. Be aware - these are not simple caricatures.
My drawings contain emotions.
Why should our clients choose you?
I'm a pleasant guy with a very good sense of humour. Still, my goal is to do powerful, expressive portraits which transcend the black and white medium and the limitations of a simple line. I'm an artist, who delivers joy through my art, not a clown. Many details, like the way how I dress, to can move my body freely, and others, are very important and it helps me to achieve a good focus during the drawing process.
As my art is based mostly on my feelings, not so much on a technique, probably my education doesn't have a big influence on my artistic expression. I've graduated "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism and I worked as a designer and a cartoonist. As a cartoonist, I worked with newspapers and magazines and I have been selected to be part of diverse international exhibitions, Germany, Slovakia, Iran, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and the UK.
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