F.A.Q.'s Frequently Asked Questions about Caricatures

  How do you say Character... Uh... Charicter... Charicature?

Phonetically: "Keri-Ka-Ture. "
Although it is about the person's character or personality over physicality,
the word "character" is not in there. It is from Italian and French origins from the latin "Caricare."

From Websters: "A drawing exxagerated for satirical effect. Literally, an overloading. "

How many can you draw in an hour?

It varies and there is the human factor so these are just estimates...

Front view, head and shoulders:10 to 12 in an hour.
Front view with partial gags and situations: 8 to 10 per hour.
Front view with full gags and situations: 6 to 8 per hour.

Front view heads with limited occasional gags are our most popular style.
Most people like their drawing from the front.
It's the most bang for your buck in terms of quality and entertainment.

 Profiles: `Heads only, 16 to 20 drawings per hour.
Profiles with gags, 8 to 10 drawings per hour.

Profiles are good for high volume situations like company picnics or kids parties.

 What size is the work?

Typically, 11”X 14” or 11 X 17” depending on the artist's preference.

 Are they black and white or in color?

We tend to work in black and white for most events to get as many as possible done, but color is always an option. Color slows the artist down, but for many applications is the right thing. We color with either airbrush or prismacolor artstix orthe pastel glove for live applications. In the studio, we use acrylic or watercolor.

  I know you are in Houston, do you travel to Conroe or Galveston ?

Have pen will travel. We go nationwide for the right price.

There is no additonal charge for travel 50 miles from our office in Northwest Houston.
After that mileage charges may apply.

 Do you have more than one artist?

We have a dozen or so available in the Houston area and hundreds nationwide.

 What can you draw caricatures on?

Paper, T-shirts, Pillowcases, coffee mugs, floor tiles, cookie jars, 5”X7” paper, even golf balls! If you can imagine it, we will consider it.

 How do my guests get the artwork home?

Our artists provide poly bags at no additional charge to protect the artwork.

 Can you draw young babies?

We do it all the time. Even if they wiggle, we can still capture a likeness.

 Can you draw old people?

We love all people. “What wrinkles, lady?”

Don't worry George Lucas, we only draw one chin.

( at a time! )

Don't worry Owen Wilson, I wont draw a big nose.

( I'll draw a really small face. )

Seriously, we aim to flatter, especially the ladies. Sometimes we give really funny looking men the works. To sum it up, "we go for the funny bone, not the jugular".

 How much does it cost?

$125 per hour or $150 per hour depending on the time of the event. Nights and weekends are more than daytime event. One hour bookings are $175. Holidays are more. At 10 drawings per hour average, that's either $12.50 per person to $15 per person. Sideviews work out to less than $8!

 Is there a minimum charge?

We have a three hour minimum charge for most evening events. For less than a three hour commitment we have a $175 minimum. We reserve the right to substitute another artist with prior notice. The three hour commitment will guarantee a specific artist for the date of your event.

 Can we hire you by the day?

Absoulutely. Day rates are available for local and out of town events.

 Can you print my logo or event information on the paper?

Yes! We have invested in technology to print your event paper with logos and commemorative typography specific to your event. There is typically a $50 design, layout and printing charge for this service for one artist for a three to four hour event. Multiple artists may incur higher charges, shorter events may cost less.

 Can you draw outdoors?

Yes, but we do require even shade . We have an EZ up canopy, which we can bring for an additional $75 charge per event, or you can provide one for the artist. We usually do not like set up under shade trees, because the light will change over time and create uneven lighting on the paper.

In inclement weather, a canopy is also a must because even one drop of water from a sprinkle, can ruin a caricature. Fans: In Houston 's sweltering Summer weather, electricity for a fan or providing a fan for the artist is a must! Even though the artist appears to be sitting the arms are moving fast and while it is not an aerobic workout, without a fan the artist can be easily overheated and risk dripping sweat on the drawings.

 Remember, a sweltering artist, is a SLOW artist!

 What do you need from me to set up?

 The artist(s) will provide their own easels, drawing materials and lighting.

 They will require comfortable seating for two if drawing singles and three if drawing couples.
They will require at least a 5' X 6' area of open floor space per artist. 8' X 8' is optimal.

 Theatrical seating: If space allows, theatrical seating using 8 chairs in a horseshoe behind the artist, will optimize the entertainment value by providing an audience. Theatrical seating will be welcomed by waiting guests. Waiting guests can play “musical chairs” as they wait their turn.

 Where is the best place to set the artist?
In the middle of things! The artist is an entertainer. They like to be the life of the party. Fortune tellers like to be in separate rooms, caricaturists like to be in the thick of it.

We were thinking of placing the artists in different locations throughout the room so everyone mills around throughout the party.

Artist placement: Placing multiple Artists in the same area is recommended for shorter lines, better entertainment and a more effective presentation than placing them in separate locations. We hear time and time again when artists are placed in different locations that one artist is swamped and the other is not busy at all or that people were not aware that there WAS another artist.

 Artists can feed one line into multiple artists to make the line go as fast as possible.

 Place Artists in a central location. Placing Artists in remote or outside rooms may result in wasted time and take participating guests away from the party.

We were thinking of placing the artists in a quiet room away from the main event.

Fortune tellers like to be in separate rooms, caricaturists like to be in the thick of things, where the action is.

We were thinking of placing the artist in a remote location to get people to walk through the house or facility.

 Our experience with events like this is that the artist will have lag time in between sitters and dead time as party guests get distracted by other things going on at the party. This will translate to fewer guests being served. Less bang for your buck.