Heather Joy draws caricatures quickly and captures the personality of the people she draws...in only 5 minutes! She uses marker on 8.5x11 paper for black-and-white, (which only takes 2 minutes per person) then adds rich color and dimension with Artstix, which are woodless colored pencils that look like chalk (full color only takes 5 minutes). She also offers airbrushed color as an impressive option, and it still only takes 5 minutes a face.
When you see Heather draw her first face, you can tell that she has doing this awhile...22 years in fact! She began her career at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, in 1990. While working there every summer for 5 years, she finished high school and moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1995, she moved to Las Vegas to do caricatures full-time, at the hotels/casinos Excalibur, MGM, New York New York, Treasure Island, and the Mirage.
Now Heather lives in Austin, Texas, just 3 hours away from her hometown of Fort Worth. She has a successful art career, a company name ArtByHJoy with a website and an art studio space. Since 2001, she has lived in Austin and has developed good relationships with a collection of professional caricature artists, face painters, balloon twisters and magicians. So, if you need additional entertainers for your event, ArtByHJoy can provide them as well!
Heather Joy Thomas: sole owner
My fellow caricaturists over the years have taught me so many wonderful ways to capture the essence of a person I have just met.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 120 - 240 minutes
Heather's live performance is bubbly and fun, she draws funny pictures of people and they love it! You'll always see her with the largest crowd and the most fanatic audience! She draws as fast as she can, 15-30 people per hour, depending on whether she is hired to do B&W or color.
3 chairs and small cocktail table
Electrical outlet nearby for lights and compressor if using airbrush, 3 chairs and a small cocktail table. Must be located in the shade if outside, and generally in a location that is visible and has enough space around for people to gather and watch.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Christmas Party, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Graduation, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Other, Private Party, Prom, Quinceañera, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Reunion, Sweet 16 Party, Trade Show, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Wedding Reception
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