Every drawing is an adventure full of adrenaline in finding the balance, the beauty and the harmony.
Add a live art experience to your event which you and your guests will remember - Corporate Events, Weddings, Private Parties, Fundraising Events
When you book please keep in mind live caricature is a performance, so, there is no need for everybody to be drawn. Usually, not all the guest want a drawing. Some of your guests will enjoy watching. Two hours minimum per event is recommended. A Live caricature is a natural process and the maximum speed is acquired after the first few drawings. Depending on the complexity, the quickest drawings can take less than 3! minutes. Travel charges may apply for outside London events.
I'm very proud to get the highest-rating from my clients. My style of drawing makes me very popular and attractive at the events where I'm invited. Often I'm the last entertainer who leaves the place as I always have people waiting for a drawing.
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 deposit of £50 must be paid to secure the booking at a specified date and the price listed 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, ready to be framed, are delivered to your guests protected in transparent folders. I'm happy to draw multiple portraits, couples or a maximum of three portraits on the same sheet, but can take slightly longer. The average is 10 portraits/hour. The number of drawings per hour is related to the size of the gaps between drawings (usually, there are no gaps, my drawings are so popular as people waiting in a queue for one) and to the complexity of the models. 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 aim is to make your guests happy by drawing as many portraits as possible.
Working from a stationary position or mix and mingle with your guests?
I'm at your party to make lots of drawings. I have, from time to time, requests to mingle with guests, but after the first drawing, usually I became so busy (stuck in the chair for hours) with lots of people waiting for a drawing as there is no reason and time for me to walk around. I enjoy drawing in any condition, seated or standing (See "Drawing people on London streets" project on Live Caricature page, below), still, my aim is to deliver only the best live art experiences and portraits to your guests. The best results in live caricature, the quality of drawings and speed, are achieved when we, me and my model, are seated. A table is helpful but is not really necessary if there is no space, but 2 chairs, is a minimum request for a good successful live caricature event which results in lots of happy guests. As well, the best portraits are made during the interaction with the model. Ignoring each other doesn't give the best results in art when it's about portraits.
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
The artwork looks better by itself. Still, if it is important for your business, you can have your logo or other symbols at the bottom of the page, but it is preferable to keep it as simple as possible. I'll be happy to add stickers (preferable - you can choose the quality of printing etc.) provided by you at the bottom of every front page or, alternatively, you can have your logo printed, black & white, for free for a limited number of sheets, 10 per every hour of the event.
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Why I prefer paper and markers versus digital caricature
I used graphics software and computers to draw for 12 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 accuracy of how emotions are transposed in lines and the expressivity of a drawing is incomparable higher comparing with any digital tools of the moment.
The drawing speed is higher, as well, that means more drawings for you.
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