Hi! My name is Judy and I specialize in public or private live flattering caricature entertainment for corporate events, Mitzvahs, birthdays, grads, Grand Openings, fundraisers and just about any event or celebration you can imagine, and serves all of CT and beyond. Hourly rates: $110-125 within CT, travel additional depending on distance. Booking minimum is 2 hours within local region; between 2 and 3 beyond; less than minimum at my discretion depending on circumstances. I work in color or BW, ink and sharpie marker and color pencil or pastel, and bring my materials with me.
References and precise quote upon request. Book 4-6 weeks til your event for best chance of availability. Thanks!
Very good and friendly for our large party of kids! Punctual and needed no guidance!
We used JT Art & Design for my daughter's Bat Mitzvah party. Judy's caricatures were great and provided a lot of entertainment value. The kids had fun both getting their drawings and watching their friends get theirs. Great value and a really nice addition to our party.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 120 - 300 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Commercial general liability
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Caricatures are great fun and are the only permanent product of artistic entertainment at parties, providing children and adults alike with uniquely personalized mementos/souvenirs from any festive event. I am a self-taught caricaturist/portrait artist (and formally educated graphic designer), and have always loved to draw people in particular, with a knack for capturing a true resemblance. As a natural extension of my talent for being able to capture a person, I have developed a unique caricature style, really “cartoon portraits”, with large heads and small bodies (but uniquely different from the over-exaggerated style that may be unkind or inaccurate in portraying a person’s distinctive features). There is a style out there for everyone, and you should not be disappointed! I am proud to have pleased many customers over the years who have often said I made them look "better" than they felt they looked in real life! no kiddin! I bring my own easel (or use tables provided), paper and elastics or plastic bags for protection, as well as an outgoing, engaging personality and will help to make you feel at ease.
A full-time graphic designer for over 20 years, after a layoff, Judy forged head on into the world of self-employment, trying to best utilize her God-given talents and interests, one being an ability to draw faces accurately.
As a result, she has increasingly drawn live and gift caricatures for business, school, non-profit, corporate and private customers, and has a number of repeat gigs and customers. Because of her natural ability to capture her subjects, she developed a unique caricature style-- really a hybrid of a portrait and a caricature, decidedly different than the over-exaggerated or theme-park style, which may be unkind or grossly inaccurate in portraying a person’s distinctive features. She strives to capture her subjects in a flattering but unique way! Her art is "guaranteed not to insult"!
A down-to-earth and social person who loves people, she finds this work is not work at all, and is often energized by the process, especially folks gathering around to watch, and chit chatting a bit when music is not too loud, and there's not a major line. Her specialty is not only to provide personalized souvenirs or keepsakes to be taken home, (or hand-drawn "selfies"), but also to serve as a distinctive entertainer. She can enlist other trusted, unique and talented artists for customers requesting more than one or if she is personally unavailable.
Be sure to contact her for a custom quote!
Additional Booking Notes
Good or Adequate lighting is requested, or at least 1 or 2 outlets to plug in clip on lamps (and table edge or chair back to attach to). If event is outdoors, moderate to warm temperatures under cover is best. Though I will not hold multiple dates in case of inclement weather/Acts of God postponements, I will do an alternate date (and honor initial deposit) provided I am available, or make every attempt to secure replacement artist in if I am unable to get there, or deposit will be refunded. Otherwise, deposit is non-refundable except in rare circumstances. I normally do not take meal breaks, or assume meal inclusion from clients, but for events during dinner hour that are 4 hours long, building in dinner provisions may be a consideration, especially where there are breaks in gig for ceremonial reasons.
Past Booked Events
|March 24, 2018 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|March 19, 2017 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm||Religious Celebration|
|August 22, 2015||Fair/Festival|
|April 11, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|May 17, 2014||Birthday Party|
|November 23, 2013||Birthday Party|
Influences & Inspiration
Some caricaturists of note, though very different than my style: Al Hirschfeld, Jack Davis and Tom Richmond come to mind as extremely gifted!
2 or more chairs
Lighting (or nearby outlet and notiflying me to bring light) if darker environment
Cold beverage, preferrably water