Caricatures by Marlene

Why book Caricatures by Marlene?

I create caricatures with personality for parties, events, advertising and promotions around the Chicagoland area and over the Internet. Each drawing is as unique as the person being drawn, so why settle for the usual big head with funky little bodies? My background in writing, voice acting and artistry will bring personality and fun into your drawings so that guests can take home more than a piece of cake as a memory of your event. Not in Illinois? I can create gift caricatures and caricature/cartoon art for the web via the Internet.

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Marlene is fabulous!

Marlene was great! She is so talented and so patient with children. From the moment she arrived there was a line. Marlene stayed longer so all of the children could have their drawings, she didn't want to disappoint them, what a great heart she has! Thank you Marlene for helping to make X-Cite Night a great success!

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Reviewer: Alexis R.
Organization: Calvary Church
Event: Halloween Party in Lemont, IL
Event Date: Oct 31, 2013
Hired As: Caricaturist

Response from Caricatures by Marlene:

Thanks so much for your glowing review. It's means so much to me and it's what I love to do, to make people happy with the work I do, which isn't really work. It's fun!

Great experience!!

Marlene was fantastic! We have six kids, but we only had four with us. I've always wanted a caricature of all of them together. I happened to have a snapshot of the absent ones and she worked them into the zany family potrait. She laughed and joked with the kids while she worked. They had a great time and at the end, we had a wonderful picture.

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Reviewer: Sandy H.
Event: Fair in St Charles, IL
Event Date: Jul 27, 2013

Response from Caricatures by Marlene:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. This is what my work is all about, making people happy and creating memories.

Marlene's Work is Witty and Memorable

We first met Marlene at a festival several years back, and since then have sought her out to do additional caricatures for us, which now hang proudly on our walls. Her work is distinctive not only for her excellent artwork, but also for the wit and good humor she brings to each subject. Her art stands above the norm, and I've confidently recommended her to others for their events and parties.

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Reviewer: Lori B.
Event: Festival in Chicago, IL
Event Date: May 15, 2010
Hired As: Caricaturist

Truly Captures the Spirit of the Subject!

I have used Marlene for caricatures on two occasions and she does remarkable work, bringing out the humor and personality of her subjects. I would recommend her for any event that requires a quality artist who works quickly and creatively.

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Reviewer: Evan S.
Event: Fair in Chicago, IL
Event Date: May 15, 2010
Hired As: Caricaturist

Great Work!

We had Marlene work at our annual martini party and the guests loved her work. She brought in elements of our theme and really captured the fun of each persons face.
If we do this type of entertainment again we will certainly work with her again.
We've also contracted her services for a special award where we wanted a touch of whimsy. The end result was fantastic and full of wonderful little details.

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Reviewer: Laurie H.
Organization: OW Lee
Event: Bar/Lounge in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Sep 18, 2012
Hired As: Caricaturist

Loved by kids of "all ages"

I hired Marlene for a birthday party for my grandkids. She set up planning on working with caricatures for the kids, and ended up drawing for most every adult there as well. Of course, all of the kids loved her and the idea was so very different for a birthday party, so she was the big hit. Even our grandparents had their pictures drawn and absolutely loved it!

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Reviewer: Brandee T.
Event: Birthday Party in Fox Lake, IL
Event Date: Nov 10, 2012
Hired As: Caricaturist

Marlene makes the caricatures come alive!

I have worked with Marlene over the years for our business events as well as hiring her for a personal party. She is a wonderful artist and draws each person the perfect caricature that is so life-like, it is amazing. It is also so nice to work with her. You can see how much she enjoys what she does and it shows in the way she works with the crowd.

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Reviewer: Linnea P.
Organization: Fox Lake Area Chamber
Event: Fundraiser in Fox Lake, IL
Event Date: Mar 10, 2012
Hired As: Caricaturist

Booking Info

  • Fee: $120 per hour

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Caricatures by Marlene

Caricatures or voice overs - it's all about communicating an idea! View my samples and listen to the audio demo available at this site.

With a background in art education and a diverse art background in graphics & illustration, and scriptwriting and voice acting for puppetry, I like to bring a lot to the table when doing my caricatures. I graduated with a degree in art education from Southern Illinois University at a time when art teaching jobs were scarce, so my path took off in a different direction, and while I do cartoon and caricature workshops and presentations, working with the public is what I love and caricatures are what I do. I have a working background in production and advertising art and illustration and have some book illustration to my credits. I've done my time serving on the board of the Graphic Artists Guild of Chicago as treasurer and served 2 years as treasurer of the National Caricaturist Network (people trust me with their money) and today bring my own brand of family-friendly humor to my caricature work around the Chicagoland area and even into Wisconsin.

Testimonials

Marlene did a spectacular job at my son's 1st birthday party. We had over 24 children and she provided each one of them with a portrait that they all enjoyed. Marlene went above and beyond bringing cowboy themed pictures that went along with Nico's theme. We have had her at three family parties this year alone and everytime we are never disappointed. We are looking forward to seeing her again at a another family party in the future!!

-Kimberly

– Kimberly L.

I just wanted to let you know how happy we at United Alloy were with you in making our 10 year celebration a huge success. I would highly reccomend you to anyone who needs a great artist and just wonderful personality for thier event. Thank you Marlene!

– Karen S.

"We wanted to thank you again for lending your considerable talent to helping us reach our prospective clients at the Consorta exhibit at the Sheraton Towers on the 18th.  Thanks again for being so patient with everyone, and if we can give you a recommendation at any time, all you have to do is ask……"

– Jerry B

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