Caricatures by Jennifer West
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The best way to know that the caricaturist you are engaging is skilled, is to see his or her work first hand. The caricature work they draw at a party, may be different than the work they display. This is why Jennifer's business is mostly repeat business or from guests at events she has drawn at. Jennifer achieves the most amazing, accurate likenesses in caricature work. Customers love her work and are in awe of her ability and speed. Call Jennifer to check and see if she is drawing at a public location close to you.
Jennifer's guests find her speed remarkable. Call her for an estimate for your event at (949)830-3098. No caricaturist can quote you exactly how many they can draw per hour, because it depends on many factors. It can depend on the tempo of the party. How quickly the guests sit down. The age of the guests. If they're wearing name tags. How large the drawings are. How many details the guests ask for in the drawing. All of these factors and more can slow down or speed up drawing time.
Tips for Speed and Timing
1. Name tags, especially for children (it reduces time to spell their name), or in a noisy environment.
2. To get larger amounts of guests drawn per hour, consider faces only. If your caricaturist is good at achieving a great likeness, this is a workable solution.
3. Starting the caricaturist to draw at the beginning of most types of events is a wise idea. It is wonderful as the guests arrive, since it is one-on-one anyway. That way the caricaturist will be more likely to finish before there are other distractions. Where the caricaturist may need to stop, for instance, for the cake, presents, awards, candle lighting , speeches, other entertainment, etc. The customer is utilizing the caricaturist's time more wisely, when he starts the caricaturist at the beginning of his event.
Generally the caricaturist likes to be set up to draw at least 30 minutes in advance of the actual drawing time.
If parking is an issue in your area, please let your caricaturist know in advance. A parking spot is necessary. Could a spot be reserved in advance? Are there any parking fees?
Jennifer can pre-print paper in advance with your name, business name and/or sentiments in advance. There is an extra charge and must be pre-arranged.
If the caricaturist is located indoors, an electrical outlet is required for the artist's lights. If outdoors, he or she requires solid shade in daylight or an electrical outlet for lights during the darker hours. Jennifer brings all of her own equipment including easel, lights, pens, paper and clear plastic bags.
You will be the best judge of this. It is good to talk with your caricaturist on the phone, rather than through e-mail only. Does your caricaturist seem patient? Right for your event? Respectful? This is a good reason to have seen them at a previous event. Do they dress appropriately? Besides the humor in their drawings, some caricaturists have a wonderful sense of humor in person as well. This can be an added plus. About Jennifer, she is patient, respectful, reliable, well dressed, has reliable transportation. Her drawings are flattering and her humor shows up in her caricatures.
Children & Babies
It requires a special skill to draw children and babies. Jennifer has this skill and lots of experience at children's parties.
Special Drawing Ideas
Jennifer can also draw on T-shirts or pillow cases. Arrangements must be made in advance for this service. Rates and arrangements are different than for caricatures on paper.
Proms & Graduations
Jennifer is especially popular at proms and graduations. Try to book as early as possible for these events because the schedule fills up quickly. There are however, some dates that don't fill up until the last few days before. This is rare though.
Jennifer has a team of other wonderfully talented and professional caricaturists that she works with, and therefore is able to provide multiple artist at large events for an additional charge per artist.
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