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The Art of Entertainment Caricatures

Updated on September 11, 2013

Caricature Art engages and entertains

The more technically complex our world becomes, the more fascinating it is to watch skillfully created, cartoon likenesses appear using only paper, pencil, and ink. This lens focuses on the art of Caricature, or "cartoon portraits". Caricature artists draw Party Caricatures for any group gathering. They double as entertainment and parting gifts for guests, and are drawn in five to seven minutes. The sample below is a typical example of a five minute caricature. Note the quick, smooth lines, sketchy style, and limited shading. The subject matter is usually a sport or hobby, but more imaginative, or difficult requests are also common. What would you choose as an activity or interest?

Sample by Brian Lofgren who works in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, USA

Brian Lofgren Contact the Artist

Special Events

where you may see an artist at work include:

birthdays, picnics, wedding receptions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, banquets, holiday parties, late night graduation parties, corporate functions, conventions, trade shows, mall events, college events...nearly any group gathering.

This video, posted by caricature artist - Brian Lofgren shows typical activities chosen by the subjects of these drawings.

These were all drawn in five to seven minutes!

People of all ages love to see themselves drawn doing a favorite activity!

Prior Proper Planning Tips

for hiring an entertainment artist

Plan on Rain; Hope for Sunshine

Have a plan for rain if your event is outdoors. Your caricature artist and guests may need cover from inclement weather. You could rent a lawn canopy (or two), or, of course, bring the event indoors. Remember that artist bookings are not rain contingent.

Outdoor Location

If your event is outside, a protected, shady area will help guests feel more comfortable while being drawn. The shade of a tree, or a screened in porch are two possible options.

Indoor Location

If your event is indoors, locate the artist away from the music speakers so guests can speak to the artist and be heard. Artists bring their own lighting, so a nearby electrical outlet is another consideration.

Avoid Paying while you Wait for Guests to Arrive

For a two hour party, perhaps a birthday with small children, encourage guests to arrive on time, or even a few minutes early, so the artist can begin drawing right away. Artists typically arrive a half hour early to set up and can begin immediately at the scheduled time.

For a longer event, you may want to schedule the artist to start a half hour or more into the event, so guests have time to arrive and relax into the setting before being drawn.

Extending Time

Guests may want the artist to extend and continue drawing. If you think you may want a third (forth, fifth?) hour, just inform the artist that you might extend the time. Check to make sure the artist has the flexibility to stay longer, and for how long. Artists will extend by the hour, half hour, or even in fifteen minute increments.


Remember that completion of payment is due to the artist before or during the event. If the artist must to seek you out, especially while you are still busy enjoying the party, it's awkward for you both. Please pass payment to the artist while he is setting up, or even while he is working, if you prefer.

Dress for Success

If there is a theme, please let the artist know. Artists may wear a button down shirt, and a black vest for an evening party, or shorts, and a Hawaiian shirt for a luau!

Protect Your Drawing from Spills

Artists typically put each drawing in a plastic bag, and can even hold them for guests until after they have eaten.

Fair Price

Artists in the Washington DC metropolitan area charge about $100 an hour, with a two hour minimum. If you shop around, you will see prices from $125-$150 and up.

Multiple Artists

If your event is large and you would like to keep the line short, arrange for multiple artists. Request additional artists at least two weeks in advance.


At times, a guest may feel inspired to give a special thank you for a drawing they particularly enjoy, but are not sure if tipping is appropriate. Holiday parties typically welcome this practice in the "spirit of giving". Please let the artist know if a small, discreet tip basket may be placed on the back of the easel.

Wishing health, happiness, and much laughter to you and your guests!

Copic Marker 12-Piece Sketch Basic Set
Copic Marker 12-Piece Sketch Basic Set

There are various brush markers used by quick sketch artists. This one by Copic is especially popular. It has a chisel tip at one end, and a brush tip at the other end. Individual, black markers are also sold by Copic.

Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker, Black
Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker, Black

Prismacolor has a less expensive brush tip marker if you'd like to give this art form a try.

Tombow Dual Brush Pen, Black (66621)
Tombow Dual Brush Pen, Black (66621)

Tombow also sells an economical version with a smaller brush tip.


Gift bag item for a childrens' party.

Print your own pages and include them in your goody bags. This healthy behavior, coloring book by Brian Lofgren makes a great, child-friendly party gift. Parents will thank you! Just add a small-pack of crayons (and maybe a sweet treat or two).

You may review and download this inexpensive e-book titled Guide from Inside

Party treats

McCormick Entertainment Dips - 6 pk - Variety Kit
McCormick Entertainment Dips - 6 pk - Variety Kit

Here are some fun ideas to get your party started.


"Quick Sketch" videos - Watch these artists in action!

Speed comes with careful study of facial proportions, and lots of practice.


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Great information. Your readers might also be interested in wedding locations and wedding venues information. Feel free to visit and leave a feedback!

      Good luck!

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      Frank_Dale 6 years ago

      I love the idea of kids' colouring books as a party favour, great work. Will keep them occupied and smiling :)

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      Merriam1014 8 years ago

      Brian Lofgren is a fantastic artist with a lovely personality. You will be happy with his artwork and his professional work ethic.