What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend the annual convention of the International Society of Caricature Artists, where hundreds of caricaturists from all over the globe converge for a week of seminars, competitions, and friendship. In 2012, I won 2nd place Best Studio Caricature.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Birthday parties, wedding receptions, post-proms, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs, trade shows, company picnics, class reunions, fairs, fundraisers, college events, holiday parties, you name it, I've done it. Part of the fun for me is doing so many different kinds of celebrations. Some clients hire me every year for their special days.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When you are looking for a live caricaturist online, the most important qualities to look for in are:
Can they get a good likeness? Are the drawings funny? (Look for samples with subjects done at parties)
Can they draw quickly? Are they personable in general? Are they professional, on time, with everything needed to draw? (Check their client feedback.)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
When hiring a caricaturist , please don't seat us next to speakers! We like to be able to converse with our subjects.
Please don't ask us to use numbers or a sign-up sheet, that just complicates things. The best way is first-come, first-served.
Please be aware that the artist has to stop at the appointed time. Although we wish we could draw everyone at very large events, usually it isn't possible. At smaller events , make sure you book the artist long enough to draw everyone if that is your goal.