George Edwards Artist

Essex, MD

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I was awarded a Thumbtack "Best of 2016" badge. I concentrate on getting the face to be recognizable of the person I am drawing, often with other artists I hear customers say it doesn't look like them, but is exaggerated like crazy! I take a little more time with my face work and have more detail. My caricatures do not use goofiness to mask a bad likeness. I use quality, archival materials like thicker paper than most caricature artists.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like the interaction with live subjects when doing party caricatures, and I like parties! I like traveling. I grew up in a family of artists, so it seems to be in my blood, I don't think I could be happy in any other job. I just love to be creative and make pictures, whether it be caricatures, portraits, or photography.

Location

Essex, MD 21221

Years in business

36

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

119

Reviews

61 Reviews
  • Ron K. Sep 20, 2016
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    Absolutely awesome!
    George was a smash hit at our wedding reception on September 4th. We wanted to add a bit of wow factor to the party and George did just that. Everyone was amazed and loved his work. Thanks George for giving our guests something memorable to rave about for years to come.
  • Liz S. Aug 29, 2016
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    George is a bonafide artist! I hired him to draw caricatures for my daughter's guests at her Sweet 16 and his artwork was the highlight of the night. Everyone was able to get a caricature drawn of them, and are now changing their profile pictures to photos of their caricature drawings! Thank you so much for your professionalism, your talented artwork, and calm demeanor throughout the entire process + event!
  • Huong T. Aug 9, 2016
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    We really like George's drawing, each piece of his work is flawless and the quality was great. Our guests love it, even one of our guests framed his work on their wall.
  • Ron K. Sep 20, 2016
    Caricaturing
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    Absolutely awesome!
    George was a smash hit at our wedding reception on September 4th. We wanted to add a bit of wow factor to the party and George did just that. Everyone was amazed and loved his work. Thanks George for giving our guests something memorable to rave about for years to come.
  • Liz S. Aug 29, 2016
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    George is a bonafide artist! I hired him to draw caricatures for my daughter's guests at her Sweet 16 and his artwork was the highlight of the night. Everyone was able to get a caricature drawn of them, and are now changing their profile pictures to photos of their caricature drawings! Thank you so much for your professionalism, your talented artwork, and calm demeanor throughout the entire process + event!
  • Huong T. Aug 9, 2016
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    We really like George's drawing, each piece of his work is flawless and the quality was great. Our guests love it, even one of our guests framed his work on their wall.
  • Tiosha j. Jul 26, 2016
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    George was great. He showed up on time and worked for the full party. The caricatures were great and he was the hit of the party!!! Would definitely recommend him. Thanks for your help in making making my daughter's graduation party a success.
  • Miya g. Jun 13, 2016
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    He was the main attraction of my daughter's high school graduation party. He was kept busy the entire 4 hour party, and everyone who was able to get one done was very happy with their portrait.
  • Emily N. Mar 17, 2016
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    George was a great addition to my daughter's party. My daughter and her friends were so excited to see their final results. He was extremely accommodating with them and was willing to draw the kids in whatever character they liked. I would definitely recommend hiring George.
  • Kelly H. Feb 19, 2016
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  • Yolanda C. Dec 14, 2015
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    George did a great job at my son's 10th birthday party! His work is fantastic! Our guest really enjoyed getting their pictures and didn't mind standing in line. Thanks George for a great job!
  • Asif T. Nov 23, 2015
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    George did an awesome job at our sons 1st birthday party. He spent extra time to accomodate remaining kids. He also brought in complementary panel to put the birthday boys caricature in it to capture guests signatures around it!! Thank you george!!
  • Nick R. Oct 26, 2015
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    George is absolutely amazing. He has an amazing gift! My guests were extremely happy with his artistic talent. He arrived early and was ready to go in moments.
  • Tiffanee L. Oct 3, 2015
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    George did caricatures for my business's one year anniversary and he was a major hit. Everyone loved him and I couldn't be more pleased. Would recommend him 100%.
  • Christina C. Sep 28, 2015
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    George did a phenomenal job at our wedding this past weekend. He was prompt and professional. Our guests could not stop raving about what a great experience he provided. If you're looking to add a unique experience to your wedding, Geoege is your guy!
  • Dionne C. Sep 12, 2015
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    Mr. George was dynamic. He was very professional and his work was dynamic. He didn't rush out when there were still people in line for their drawing. I would highly recommend him for others, and would use him again.
  • Heather S. Sep 6, 2015
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    George was wonderful!! He is a very talented artist and he was so great with all the children. I will definitely be hiring him again for future parties.
  • Lynn P. Aug 25, 2015
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    Although I didn't get to personally meet George Edwards on my wedding day, I heard he was amazing and went above and beyond. And from the caricatures that I did see they were wonderful! Can't wait for another event to rehire!
  • Annaliza G. Aug 6, 2015
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    Very Excellent. He was very friendly and nice. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends and family. Thank you so much!
  • Tara T. Jul 30, 2015
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    Unfortunately, I was not able to spend time talking to George at my actual wedding since I was the bride and spread so thin, but he was phenomenal! He was the best vendor at my wedding! The guest were lined up waiting to get a piece of his work. I highly recommend him for any occasion and will use him again at our wedding venue for other brides. His caricatures were amazing and spot on, what a great addition to any wedding, party or event! Thank you George!!!
  • Emma Q. May 6, 2015
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    George completed 4 hours of work at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza for our Cinco de Mayo fair. he did a great job in the cartoon side with kids however would had liked if his shirt was more professional for the ocassion. He had a tank top for event. we would definitely recommend him for future events.
  • Jennifer J. Apr 29, 2015
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    Everyone loved what a wonderful experience he provided!
  • Seun O. Apr 17, 2015
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    Mr. Edwards was a hired for my clients daughters 10th birthday , he was very patient, timely and efficient. I would definitely be working with him again.
  • Phyllis N. Feb 15, 2015
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    George does not do 'cartoon' caricatures - he does very realistic ones- which my guests prefer. He stayed until the last person was done and was very cordial.
  • Jessica C. Jan 31, 2015
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  • Charles R. Dec 23, 2014
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    George was great. He showed up a little bit early and even stayed late to allow more guests of the party to get their caricatures done. Highly recommend him.
  • Gisela J. Oct 9, 2014
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    A real good artist and very professional
  • Rachel M. Oct 6, 2014
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    He did an excellent job with the caricatures and even stayed beyond the scheduled time to finish up the last few people. Would definitely use again!
  • Angela J. Sep 21, 2014
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    George was excellent to work with. He arrived on time. His work was wonderful. I was pleased to have him at my reception.
  • Dawn R. Aug 20, 2014
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    We hired George to be the caricaturist out our wedding reception. He offered us a great deal and had the best examples of work out of all the bids I received on Thumbtack. I threw in some extra bucks for parking because we had the wedding on a riverboat in Old Town Alexandria where garages are the best option. He drew for about 3 hours, always had a wedding guest or two at his station, and was a popular highlight at the reception. My husband and I unfortunately didn't have time to sit and get our wedding caricature portrait done, but I did see other guests drawings and they were spot on with facial features and fun quirky embellishments. Everyone who was drawn told me how awesome the session was and how much they loved their caricature favor. I would recommend him as the go-to caricaturist for the DC/MD/VA area!
  • Pat D. Aug 19, 2014
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    George was great! He came early and stayed late because so many people wanted to have their "portrait" done. He did babies through old folks and everyone was happy with their personal addition to their art collections as reminders of our 50th anniversary.
  • Suzie A. Aug 7, 2014
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    George did a great job at our party! He was prompt, friendly, and his drawings were wonderful. I would hire him again!
  • Shirley J. Apr 20, 2014
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  • Amber O. Mar 9, 2014
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    George was wonderful to have at my wedding. Many people got their caricature drawn, and there was always a line for people wanting more. He was very kind to stay late so that my husband and I could also get our drawing also.
  • Star B. Mar 2, 2014
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    I wish I had more stars......George was patient talented and professional. Children and adults at my event were impressed with the caricatures and I think most party goers left with a picture......
  • Ada G. Feb 16, 2014
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  • Eman A. Feb 13, 2014
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  • Patricia T. Jan 2, 2014
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    George was a wonderful additionall for our New Years Eve party, He was was very professional and guests stood in line for hours. All were extremely pleased with his work.
  • Cynthia P. Nov 22, 2013
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    Veryone loved their drawings and I was able to extend his services last min. thank you
  • Henry T. Oct 30, 2013
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    George did some caricature portraits for our employee appreciation day. He was very professional, thorough, and very detailed. He even stayed longer then our agreed time to make sure everyone had a chance to get a portrait done! Awesome guy, and we'll definitely work with him again during our next event!
  • Ogo N. Oct 27, 2013
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    Mr Edwards was very professional, great with the kids and the crowd loved him! I would hire him again and definitely recommend him!
  • Robert F. Sep 15, 2013
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    George was great. His artwork was amazing and he even stayed late to make sure everyone who wanted a Caricature recieved one. I highly recommend him. Rob
  • Robin B. Aug 11, 2013
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    George did a fantastic job at our annual church picnic. Thank you George for your stellar work and professionalism.
  • Stacey D. Jul 28, 2013
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    George was very nice and even donated some extra time. We would definetly use him again.
  • Melissa S. Jul 21, 2013
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    George was remarkable! He made our event something to remember and all our family simply loved the pictures he drew! If you are looking for a way to make your party or event something special, I highly recommend adding George!
  • Ryan H. Jun 9, 2013
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    Awesome! Did great with all ages everyone loved his work. He was friendly and the artwork actually looked like the people.
  • Patsy S. May 15, 2013
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    Great Job and great to work with.
  • Lissa P. May 5, 2013
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    George is outstanding!! He worked for nearly 5 hours to draw pictures for all of the kids at our party. Everyone left with a huge smile on his/her face after seeing their portrait. He was prompt, focused and took pride in his work. I would definitely recommend George and will use him in the future.
  • Forough Y. Mar 25, 2013
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  • Abby B. Mar 11, 2013
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    He was truly a blessing & gift to our party. Although the party had a slow start due to other unforeseen issues. Regardless, he was very patient and went above and beyond to make it fun for the children. He stayed till everyone got their caricature done. Thank you so much George! Your passion shows through your work and look forward to working with you in the future.
  • Vanessa M. Mar 3, 2013
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    George is awesome. He did my daughter's 10th birthday party and everyone loved him. His work is awesome!!!!! If you are looking a great artist, hire him you will not be disappointed :-) I will definitely hire him again in the future.
  • Wanda J. Feb 18, 2013
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    Mr. Edwards did a outstanding job and I plan on having him back on a regular basics at my school. Very Professional.
  • Jamie M. Feb 15, 2013
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    Thank you so much for the work you provided for my sons party! The caricatures were a big hit and the children enjoyed them. The work was phenomenal and the patience to deal with the children is wonderful! It was a pleasure to work with you and I will be in touch. I will definitely recommend you to any one who is in need of a caricature artist. Thank you so much for the work you provided. It is greatly appreciated!
  • Linda B. Jan 28, 2013
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    We loved having George at our party. The guest really had a great time watching all the wonderful caricatures being done. Each drawing was personalized and closely resembled the person. Everyone from 2 to 70 enjoyed there special work of art .George arrived promptly and worked all night even stayed a few extra minutes to draw the last request. We are happy we found George and really enjoyed his quality service. This offered a special treat to our family and friends.
  • Shontay H. Jan 6, 2013
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    It was such a pleasure having Mr. George Edwards be apart of my sons 6th birthday party yesterday Jan 6, 2013. He is very skilled and talented in what he does. Everyone loved getting their picture drawn, even me!! He is extremely recommended when this type of service is requested. I give him an infinite A+!! Thanks again George and I am sure you will be hearing from me for more portraits.
  • Jessica B. Jan 2, 2013
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    I'm very happy I chose George to do caricatures for my wedding. He was very easy to get ahold of whenever I had questions about the day and was very friendly through out everything. I think he did a fantastic job at the wedding and I would definitely higher him again.
  • Tarryn W. Oct 15, 2012
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    George is amazing! His work was terrific, my guest we truly amazed by George's talent as was I. I would book him again any day and I will certainly recommend his work. Thank you George & keep up the good work! Sincerely, A very happy customer
  • Alfred W. Jul 30, 2012
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    Everyone was very pleased with the Caricature artist, It was a highlight of the picnic
  • Cynthia O. Jun 28, 2012
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    George did such a great job! He was professional, very reasonably priced and very patient with everyone. The kids loved his work! I would recommend him as I would definitely hire him again! Thanks, George!
  • Sheerita D. Jun 17, 2012
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    He is such a pleasure to work with. He's a great artist. I highly recommend George. HE IS THE BEST!!!!!
  • Al R. May 22, 2012
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    You won't find a better photgrapher in t/Baltimore area especially when you figure in George's $rate which is by far the best around these parts for someone of his experience & expertise.-Thanks again George for the fine work & putting up w/my kibitzing! Just remember to cue up some nice relaxing Chopin, it brings out t/best in him.
  • Shermaine P. Feb 27, 2012
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    George was excellent!!! He did Caritacurte at my daughters first birthday. Everyone enjoyed him work and even asked me for his contact information. He was on time very friendly and professional with our guest. I would highly recommend George!!!
  • Niraj P. Dec 5, 2011
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    GREAT ARTIST, DOES AWESOME WORK!!! Very easy to work with. Keeps you updated on every step of the way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
  • Judy B. Oct 18, 2011
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    George did a great job! It was very nice to work with. I would recommend him to my friends and hire him again.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I follow developments on the web, observing what the latest work by others looks like. My main source of learning caricatures in particular still comes from working with other professionals and picking up things that I feel can improve my style.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I have 3 basic packages: 2 hours for $120 if in Baltimore or Baltimore County, $148 for 2 hours if I travel beyond that, $180 for 3 hours for most areas, and a $200 special for 4 hours for most areas under 2 hours driving time.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I come from a family of artists. My father used to draw on the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. He taught art at Southern High School in Baltimore, and introduced me to Irv Finifter who was also an art teacher their, who had a shop on the boardwalk in OC for portraits and caricatures and I worked there for 6 summers learning the trade..
What types of customers have you worked with?
I am usually asked to travel to meet a customer, and when doing party caricatures, I bring my easel, and drawing, equipment, and lights if necessary, and set up to draw people on the spot. Otherwise I will draw from a photograph of the subject for gift caricatures or portrait paintings.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did some charcoal drawings for a customer who came here from India originally. They were three different angles of a beautiful woman with Indian features, she looked just like my type of 'dream girl' with long, straight, dark hair and dark eyes and fair skin. I really gave it my all because I do get inspired to draw a beautiful woman, my favorite subject. The charcoal had just a few touches of bright color, some red and blue, which made it unique among all the charcoals I had ever done, but the customer had specifically requested it so I accomodated his request.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
View samples of the artists work to be sure of what style to expect.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Don't judge by how fast the artist draws! Consider the quality. That is hard to do, as many will show you only their good work while most of it is sloppy. Customers say all my drawings look like the person.