Big Al - California Caricature Artists

Big Al has been drawing caricature portraits professionally since June 1985. Personally he has drawn them for many more years. As a young boy Al enjoyed drawing cartoons of animals. In junior high he started making funny faces of his teachers. While attending the California college of Arts and Crafts, (BFA Drawing 1985), he would sketch comedians while they performed live at comedy clubs.

Al's first "gig" caricatures were drawn in pen and ink. After he met "Texas Tim" Webb at his "Designer Caricature Workshop" in 1991, he started using markers. As a result of the workshop, Al became "Big Al".   Texas Tim said that people will remember you more if you have a catchy moniker. In 1996, Big Al won the "Silver Nosey" award at the National Caricaturist Network's annual convention in Houston, Texas. At the 2000 convention, Big Al's caricature of "Atomic Jenny" was voted one of the Top Ten caricatures of the year.

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Drawing Speeds (drawing speeds are an indication of what the artist is capable of and are not guaranteed)

Traditional Caricatures:
  • B&W Heads Only: 18-25 people per hour
  • B&W Body / Gag: 8-12 people per hour


  • $195/hour, with a 2 hour minimum.

*All pricing is in US Dollars and is subject to change if your specific requirements differ from the descriptions.

Great personality and positive attitude!
We enjoyed having Al at our event; he has a great personality and positive attitude. Our event was pretty large, but Al managed to capture a lot of our guests. Our guests, and most importantly, my daughter, were pleased and got a kick out of their caricatures... myself included!
Jacqueline Mata - Oakland, CA
Huge Success!
I was very impressed with the service from about-faces. Communication with Matthew was easy and effective. The artist (Big Al) was very friendly and all our students were satisfied with his work; he was a huge success and added a very cool element to our event. I will definitely be using your company again for various entertainment needs.
Jamie Barnes

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Big Al will travel for an additional fee!