Hiring an on the spot caricaturist for your wedding creates a unique, memorable experience for your loved ones, filling the room with laughter as I move effortlessly between guests, drawing couples or individuals to the delight of an ever-growing crowd! I am an expert at putting everyone at their ease with my experience and professional approach.
I am an award-winning cartoonist and caricaturist and I am a founder member of the UK’s Professional Cartoonist Organisation.
“We can’t thank you enough for making our day so extra special. Our family and friends were delighted with their personal caricatures. They were all brilliant and you so picked out the essence of each person. We were also amazed at how many you were able to do. We also would like to say that your professional and friendly manner made it feel that you were a family friend at our wedding and we would have no hesitation in recommending your wonderful artistic gift to others. Thank you again for helping to make our wedding day so extra special.”
“We have been reflecting on the wedding today and we both agree that of all the special things we booked for the day, booking you was definitely something at the top of the list. You did such a fantastic job, entertained everyone, and gave us such unique pictures/memories that we will be able to keep forever – we cannot thank you enough and will be recommending you to everyone!”
“You were truly an absolute pleasure to meet! We have had so many guests complimenting you on your amazing drawings, the drawing you did of my husband and I was remarkable and now has pride of place in our wedding display cabinet. We will both be recommending you! All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed having you there, they are all still talking and giggling about their pictures! Well done and thank you so much, you truly did make so many people smile, thank you!
I draw the caricatures using black ink with various grey washes (and sometimes a splash of colour) on good quality A4 card which I present this to the guest in a plastic folder which hopefully keeps the artwork clean! I simply mingle with your guests (using a simple clipboard to hold the card I draw on) and I draw while I chat to them. Something that just happens during weddings is that couples ask to be drawn together which I can achieve on an A4 sheet!
There are a number of options you need to consider. Probably the most frequently suggested time is when the ceremony is over and the guests are enjoying their pre-wedding breakfast drinks. This period works very well as there is a lot of hanging around for the guests (group photos etc) and it’s a great opportunity for me to introduce myself and entertain the guests by drawing them. Please note that I can then carry on during the beginning of the meal so long as there are no speeches at this stage. I can also work during the evening reception – that time just after the meal has finished and the start of the evening party.
N.B. I do offer a special deal whereby I can work for two hours before the meal and then two hours after thus ensuring most guests will have their caricature drawn!
I find the least effective time to work at weddings is during the (formal) meal. I would suggest that this is the least effective time for the following reasons:
a) I like to work by putting the guests at their ease by talking to them (and I feel I get the best results this way) which is very difficult around a table.
b) I usually leave guests alone during the main course (well, this IS the highlight of the meal) and so this usually means I can’t draw for at least 20 minutes. I also cannot work during speeches as everyone is obviously concentrating on the speakers.
I would suggest that you bear in mind that what I offer is entertainment and, although a caricature is a great memento of any occasion, the most enjoyment comes from watching me draw. I very much like interacting with the wedding guests and by working this way I can greatly add to the magic of your very special day.
This is always a difficult one to answer as all these occasions are so different. I would like to point out that drawing guests when they are eating ALWAYS slows me down but on average I produce between 12 – 15 caricatures an hour.