Kartoon Caricatures by Dian & Pete Wagner
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46 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
Awesome work! You won't regret these characature's one bit! We had ourselve's and 6 kids done at our local fair and we had a blast doing them!! Highly recommended!!Oct 29, 2011
Pete is very personable and the customers loved him and their caricatures that he drew. He does a great job and we always look forward to his attending our events.Sep 21, 2011
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our pricing is normally $125 per hour at events within 20 miles of home/studio, but sometimes we will offer to do a sliding scale based on how many people we draw per hour. This starts at $95 per hour and is explained at our sister site, www.wag.net, with other info. We sometimes are willing to do a lower rate for clients located very closeby, on off-days or times of year when we are not too busy.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm the only caricaturist I've ever heard of who went back for a Master of Fine Arts degree and a PhD relating to cartoon and caricature and comic art. I teach accredited cartooning courses at the most prestigious art college in the state, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which is adjacent to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. I keep up on all kinds of cartoon, comic art and caricature related news and research, reviews and online blogs. I blog about caricaturing and political cartooning myself, in depth and in detail, in addition to showing photos and video of my work at events and digital files of my work done in studio from photos.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I was born this way! My first grade report card says, "Peter is a clever little artist who reveals a sense of humor in his work." I was the staff cartoonist for my high school paper, drawing caricatures of many funny-looking teachers. I was quickly hired to draw cartoons and caricatures by my college newspaper, and had been published in over 300 papers, Time magazine and the Washington Post and won a national cartooning award by age 19. I was a child prodigy caricaturist, not someone who "learned" to do it, but who always did it. I'm highly skeptical of those illustrators and portrait artists who are basically serious and have a "normal" point of view and then try to do caricatures which artificially exaggerate features. I think you have to be naturally funny, see the world in a funny way and draw in a funny way without forcing it in order to be a true caricaturist.