When hiring a caricature artist for a party, you want to think about a few things in advance.
Is it important to you to have everyone at the party drawn? Consider how fast your artist(s) can draw, and how long your party lasts, and what your budget is like.
Black and white? Partial Color? Full color pictures?
Would you like the pictures done in color or black and white? In black and white, you can get more pictures done in a shorter amount of time, but in color, the pictures usually look nicer. A third option is to have your artist use colored markers to add color accents.
Would you like the caricatures with bodies and background scenes, or heads only? The heads only option goes faster, but people love the personalization of the body and background scene.
If you want to keep the speed but you like the idea of the body and background, you can have us create a scene for you and preprint it on all of the paper, leaving the artist to just draw in the heads.Or if you would just like a preprinted border with words along the bottom (i.e., Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah, January 9, 2005, or Nike’s Christmas Party, December 20, 2003), we could do that for you as well. There is an additional fee for the design and printing.
Remember, if you are going to have both men and women attending, a single preprinted background may not work for both. You may need two, or you’ll need to get inventive. Here’s an example of a Christmas background we use that works for men, women, boys, girls, babies…even couples.
Click here to see many more preprint samples of what you could choose for your event! The options are almost limitless!
We also offer mats:
Black cardboard frames into which we can slip the caricatures. They enhance the pictures and also keep them from getting destroyed while at the party. Ask about pricing.
Think about where to put your artists.
While they do not require much room, if you don’t tell your catering director that artists are coming, provisions will not be made to incorporate them into your layout. The last thing you want is for them to be scrambling to rearrange the tables while your guests are arriving. Also, make a point not to station them too close to loudspeakers. Your guests need to be able to communicate with the artists.
How will you deal with Lines?
People love caricatures, and there will be lines. Unless you have a volunteer willing to remain near the artists the whole time and control the crowd, tickets and number systems simply do not work. (I know this sounds counterintuitive, but we’ve been doing it for many years and have tried nearly everything, take our word for it!) The best system, we’ve sadly discovered, seems to be none. Just allow your artists to take first come first served. If you have more than one artist at your event, allow them to set up next to one another so that guests can form one fast moving line instead of three short ones. The effect is purely psychological, but your guests will appreciate it nonetheless.