Cartoon Expressions

Kissimmee, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Bring your event to the next level and add a Caricature Artist! We specialize in flattering, non-exaggerated hand drawn pictures everyone will absolutely love! They make beautiful keepsakes your guests will always remember! No event too big or small!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

People of all ages enjoy our services! For the past 15 years we have served thousands of clients in the Central Florida area. Why waste money on favors or marketing that can be lost or thrown away? Give your guest the gift of a self portrait and you are guaranteed to be remembered!


Kissimmee, FL 34747

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23 Reviews
  • Catherine V. Apr 17, 2017
    Verified Review Updated
    He wasn't the one to show up - sent someone else last minute.
    Michael was great and even though there was a snag in scheduling, they sent someone who was perfect for the event. The guest enjoyed him so much we booked him for an additional hour.
  • Verified Review Original
    He wasn't the one to show up - sent someone else last minute.
    I am unable to rate Neftali as he wasn't the one that showed up to my clients Wedding. We hired him and on the day of the wedding I received a text message from another artist stating he would be the one to do the event. Michael from Michael White Art (the guy they sent in his place) was amazing and he did a great job, however Cartoon Expressions was unprofessional in handling this gig and I would not move forward with them again. They said they were double booked but I found this out hours before the event, weddings can be stressful enough without vendors switching on you the day of.
  • Noreen L. Apr 15, 2017
    Verified Review
    Wedding Highlight.
    Fabulous interaction with our overseas guests. Everybody agreed this was one of the wedding highlights.
  • Mary B. Mar 8, 2017
    Verified Review Updated
    Absolutely a huge success! Had a line out the door! Everyone should consider this for events!
  • Verified Review Original
    Absolutely a huge success! Had a line out the door! Everyone should consider this for events!
  • Brittany M. Mar 6, 2017
    Verified Review
    Caricaturist for Wedding
    Nef did caricatures at our wedding, he was great! Our guests loved his work, it was a highlight of the wedding. He also made a lovely caricature of us for our guestbook. He is professional and very responsive.
  • Nina S. Feb 22, 2017
    Verified Review
    We asked for more... :)
    We originally wanted Neftali for 2 days and because we were so impressed with the quality of work and traffic generated in our booth by the attention created, we asked him to come back one more day. Neftali and his Event coordinator Christine are both very polite and helpful. Neftali is more than accommodating to any of our requests and he sure is extremely talented. Those drawings were amazing! Thanks guys. We sure to hire you again for an event in Orlando.
  • Marlina M. Feb 21, 2017
    Verified Review
    Birthday Bash was a success!
    Not only was I pleased but my guest were also!
  • Alison J. Dec 11, 2016
    Verified Review
    Client holiday party!
    Absolutely amazing!!!! The drawings were sooooo good!!!!!! Will use again!!!
  • Alexis U. Nov 13, 2016
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    So amazing!
    The best caricatures I have seen! He did an amazing polite, punctual and professional. Will recommend and use again! Thanks Nef!
  • Jennifer C. Nov 9, 2016
    Verified Review
    Great job
    Will be using Nef again! He did an amazing job for our neighborhood picnic.
  • Lani L. Oct 31, 2016
    Verified Review
    Great addition to our party!
    We hired Nef for our Halloween party and wow, was he a hit. I wasn't sure if the kids would sit still but it didn't take long for each picture and they all loved their souvenirs. I would definitely hire him again!
  • Jade E. Oct 28, 2016
    Verified Review
    Fantastic experiance
    Very professional! Neftali does amazing work (even at our event which held 3000 people) and was a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!
  • Lillian C. Oct 25, 2016
    Verified Review
    Talented Caricature Artist!
    I hired Nef as a caricature artist for my Halloween party and he was a huge hit with all of the guests. He did an amazing job capturing everyone in their costumes and even added embellishments where appropriate - like my guest who dressed as a Knight slaying a dragon. Nef is talented, professional and creative and I highly recommend him! I will be hiring him for all my caricaturist needs!
    Neftali M. Oct 26, 2016

    Thank you for the kind words! It was wonderful to work with you! Please keep in touch!

  • Tessa F. Sep 27, 2016
    Verified Review
    Fantastic artist
    Very professional and personable. Neftali Melendez was great with the kids and his drawings were exceptional. I highly recommend this artist and would hire him again. He exceeded my expectations.
    Neftali M. Sep 28, 2016

    Thank you for your business! Was a pleasure!

  • Susan S. Aug 2, 2016
    He's the best I have seen in years. I love that he doesn't exaggerate a facial flaw, like so many do. Great artist!
  • Yesenia I. Aug 1, 2016
    Cartoon Expressions was beyond awesome!! Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Extremely pleased with the service.
  • Regena W. Aug 1, 2016
    Hes an AMAZING artist! Ive seen his work. He is very talented! Y'all should post some more pics and murals of his art that he's done in the past. Again love his work. ;)
  • Kellie R. Aug 1, 2016
    Lee is a fantastic artist!! I had a family portrait of 3 done my mama loved it! He did it quick and it was a very easy and professional transaction! Great gift idea!!:))
  • Kylie C. Aug 1, 2016
  • Leah E. Aug 1, 2016
    He did an amazing job! He came to a fundraiser at our school and drew the students. I know they loved their pictures. Can't wait till next year. Outstanding work and work ethic!
  • Haylee S. Aug 1, 2016
    An amazing artist that's a fact. He did an amazing portrait of my sister and I and it was spot on!! Very quick and came out beautiful
  • Janet M. Aug 1, 2016
    This man is truly an amazing artist with such a beautiful talent and amazing artistic skills! I absolutely love his art work.
  • Kiara N. Aug 1, 2016
  • Jenny C. Aug 1, 2016
    So talented! Love his work..


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Our goal is to earn your business long-term. We can work within your budget and strive or a fair, win-win situation. Our goal is to earn your business for a long time, not just one event!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Here at Cartoon Expressions, we keep it simple! Just send over you details and we will get right to work on a fair quote that works with your budget! Once you book us, our Event Coordinator will reach out to ensure you and your guests have the best experience possible!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
From Birthdays to Conventions, we have the experience necessary to bring your event to the next level. We have performed for various venues such as Marriott, Hilton and Disney always bring top notch customer service, quality and fun!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
The owner, Nef, has quite a story! Growing up poor and disadvantaged, he took his passion and never gave up! Today when not working he donates time to work with various organizations that support disadvantaged children and families throughout the Central Florida. You can check out his story on his website.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Here at Cartoon Expressions, we have worked with 1000s of clients, young and old! From small family gatherings to large weddings and International Conventions. We have the ability to serve whatever function you are hosting!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Cartoon Expressions just serviced a 300 guest wedding and finished illustrating a children's book that will be on the market soon!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You get what you pay for! We may not always be the least expensive but we deliver unmatched customer service and quality artwork. Make sure you see samples of LIVE artwork!