John O'Connell is a professional cartoonist and caricature artist, drawing crowds and faces for over 20 years. John also offers "Live Digital Caricatures", which are drawn on a state of the art drawing tablet, and projected onto a larger screen. These are then printed, or emailed for personal use. Add a unique presentation that wows your guest with live digital caricatures.
John also offers studio caricatures from photos. Create a custom "this is your life" caricature for a gift that is the talk of the party. Also great for sign in boards, business cards, home decor, retirement gifts, house warming gift, birthday gifts, Bar/Bat Mitzvah sign in boards,and anniversary gifts.
We booked John O'Connell for our Christmas party and it was so much fun! We have a group of mixed ages from early 20's to 80's. The caricatures were great! Everyone had a good time and enjoyed having a picture done. The caricatures were beautiful and everyone wants to frame them for their homes. If you are having an event and looking for a fun and entertaining idea, give John a call. You will be favorably impressed!
What to Expect
A typical gig involves arriving early to set up and make sure the location is suited for the duration of the event. I try to avoid dim light, or bring my own lighting just in case. Experience has taught me things, like at some point in a wedding reception they turn the lights down and start dancing.
It doesn't take long for people to pick up on the fun vibe of getting drawn, usually a brave soul starts it off, and the joking starts, and the line forms. Years of experience have enabled me to draw quickly, 3-5 minutes per black and white face. I'll make as much conversation as is needed to put the guest at ease and make the experience fun. Knowing how entertain the crowd is also important. I'll keep a good pace, and when there is an hour left, I'll count out as many people as I can expect to do in that hour, so no one is caught off guard when the time is up. In most cases, time can be extended if the host desires.
John O'Connell is a graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He is a diverse artist who's daily work involves cartooning, children's book illustration, caricature, animation, art instruction, technical and product illustration, and logo and graphic design. Caricaturing at events provides an opportunity to "get out of the studio" and share his talent in a unique way. John spent 15 years drawing guests for the famous Caesars Pocono Resorts, as well has hundreds of private events. He currently operates a retail caricature kiosk at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA.
Additional Booking Notes
Set up is quick, 10 minutes. I bring lighting in case it's needed. I can usually identify the best location, depending on the venue.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 17, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
Past Booked Events
|June 01, 2019 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 15, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|July 13, 2018 • 11:00am - 3:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 23, 2018 • 2:00pm - 8:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|June 09, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Graduation|
|December 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 09, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|August 11, 2017 • 11:00am - 3:00pm||Fair|
|July 14, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 04, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Surprise|
|July 25, 2015||Wedding Reception|
Influences & Inspiration
Any artist that displays skill and passion for their work.
3 chairs. Please inform if area will be dimly lit, I will need a receptacle for lighting.