Caricature Artists for Hire

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We offer Caricature Artists for hire in the Greater Tampa Bay area of Florida. Caricature Artists are great entertainment that everyone loves! The talented artists can draw your guests as cartoons. The exaggerated drawings are a great give-away for your guests to take when they leave your event as well. On high quality paper, the drawings made can be framed and put on a wall to remember the event for years to come!

Caricature makers are a great ice breaker for any event. Audiences love when they create delightfully accurate, yet humorous cartoon portraits or illustrations of the guests. A caricature artist is always a sure way to make sure your event is memorable.

A cartoonist is available for birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events and can even draw caricatures on custom backgrounds to match your theme. Caricature portraits make the perfect Father’s day gift for dad!

Have amazing cartoon creations of each of your guests, complete with funny captions or pictures to add to the fun. Our caricature artists are some of the best in their field and do a fantastic job at any event or function. We have plenty too! So, if you need 2, 3 or even 4 caricature artists, we can help fill your event with cartoons and fun!

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How do you pronounce Caricature?

What is a Caricature Artist?

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A caricature artists is an artist that specializes in drawing exaggerated cartoon versions of real persons, often while at an event. A caricature captured enough physical traits for the drawing to be identified as the person it was of, but is also purposefully exaggerated to make the drawing funny or humorous. Exaggeration can come in different ways. Often things are made bigger or smaller, things are simplified or over complicated, or proportions are used to create a fun and humorous photo of the subject. A caricature artist specializes in this exaggerated portrait art.

Often caricature artists are hired for weddings, parties, events, and anytime you would like something entertaining which also provides a gift for the guests. The party favor of a hand-drawn caricature is always a hit!

Whether you are looking for a quick and fun sketch or a detailed personality portrait, we would love to help provide you with all your caricature needs.

How many characters can someone do in an hour?

Though it varies with most artists and it varies on the type of caricatures drawn, a simple black and white caricature takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes per face drawn. So, a caricature artist can draw approximately 15 faces an hour. If 4 people are in the same drawing, that is 4 faces and will take anywhere from 12 to 20 minutes to complete. Let YTE Events and Balloon Decor know how many guests you are expecting and we can help to create a package that is perfect for your event.

Are you concerned about how many can be done? Don’t be! We have many, many caricature artists that work with us in the Greater Tampa Bay area and all of them are extremely talented. We have regularly booked 6 and 8 caricature artists for a single event and it is ideal for keeping lines down and for getting to massive amounts of guests quickly at an event. We know what to ask before hiring a caricature artist and we take care of all the heavy lifting for you.

A few tips to make the evening go smoothly for everyone:

  • Let your guests know an artist is coming so there will be a line waiting and he can maximize output.
  • Get your sketch done early so everyone knows what to expect. Commission the drawing ahead of time, sit earlier in the event, or have yours done from photos afterwards. (You can even have them sketch caricature of your pet at the same time!)
  • Set up the artist in a good location – away from the DJ or loud speaker, and in a well lit room. If you’re planning to dim the lights for dancing, let the artist know so they can be prepared. It’s frustrating for everyone if the artist can’t see or hear your guests well.
  • Most venues are more than happy to accommodate the needs of your entertainment, so if you’re contacting them yourself or have a wedding planner, put the artist in touch with the venue. This helps square away any specific details or needs to help things run extra smoothly for your event.
  • Book as early as you can! Weddings are often planned months in advance, contact an artist early in the process to make sure you get one whose style of art suits your group.

How much does a sketch artist cost?

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Most of our caricature artists cost $135/hour, with a 2 hour minimum. We do have some specialty caricature artists who can draw in color, can draw a digital caricature, or who draw on specialty mediums such as coasters or specialty paper. Some of those caricature artists have additional fees associated with their equipment, setup, special printing, and travel. Though all of our artists can draw in black or white, we also have some that specialize in adding color to images. Just let us know what you are looking for and we will be happy to find the best artist to hire for your event.

If you have a digital caricature artists, that can cost more as there are more items needed to execute the really cool digital drawings. Often the digital caricatures are printed and handed to the attendees of a trade show or corporate event. The caricature file might also be sent via social media or email to the guests as well, giving them a caricature they can use for their Facebook profile or social media accounts. These can also be branded digital caricatures that help to advertise or spread brand awareness for the company or event.

Want to save money on your entertainer?

By picking the paper option and using only black and white drawings, you can save money. Color costs more money. Also, digital costs more money. When you choose black and white paper caricatures, you are getting a better rate per hour at your event when you are looking at only the number of guests that can be sketched in a given time. The sketches in black and white are quicker. If you want the colorized cartoons drawn, then that will take a little more time and could cost more per completed caricature at your event.

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Where did Caricatures start?

Originally caricatures were almost exclusively satires of political figures, starting back in the 16th and 17th centuries. When there is a message on morality or politics, a caricature is more accurately described as a satire. Originally only drawn with charcoal, pencil, and pen and ink; Caricatures now can be drawn with graphic programs digitally as well.

Mad Magazine is probably one of the earliest and most recognized use of caricature art in the United States. It used caricatures on its pages to satirize comic books, politics, and other current issues in society. Mort Drucker was one of the original caricature artists who started Mad Magazine. Tom Richmond later replaced him once he was retired.

Other famous caricature artists of note are Leonardo Di Vinci, Honore Daumier, William Hogarth, and Sebastian Kruger.

Where can I learn more about Caricatures?

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There is always the Wiki Page on Caricatures, but we like to ask the artists themselves. When you hire a caricature artist for your event, ask them how they started. Let them tell you the history of their caricatures and how they learned. There are many paths to the artform and our artists absolutely love getting to talk about their passion and love of drawing caricatures.

All of our Caricature Artists in Central Florida travel to Tampa, Clearwater, St. Pete, Lakeland, and Orlando. They are often booked for weddings, corporate picnics, birthday parties, graduations, trade shows and more.

How do I book a caricature artist near me?
Contact YTE Events and Balloon Decor. We offer caricature artists all over Florida and will be happy to help you find a caricature artist for your event. Feel free to call, email, or fill out our event request form for a free quote.

Event sketching can be found occasionally at Tropicana Field where our artists create custom caricature portraits as live event entertainment in their suite area for season ticket holders. They don’t just draw people at birthday parties. They can do custom caricatures for events anywhere in Tampa!

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