Fast, well-drawn caricatures by a couple of pros, Mark "Gootz" Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa. We provide caricature entertainment and party favors for all kinds of events: corporate / employee events, conferences, fund raisers, birthday parties, wedding receptions...and more! Let us "cartoonify" your guests!
Price Range: Available on request
Gig Length: 120 - 960 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Legal Liability, Premises Rented, Medical Expenses
What to Expect
Our live caricatures serve as both 1) entertainment and 2) memorable party favors at events!
Guests get to watch their friends come to life as fun, cute caricatures. Then THEY get to sit and get drawn in 5-7 minutes! It's common for hosts to display the caricatures on a wall or table as they are created. At events where people don't know each other so well, its a great ice breaker.
Digital caricatures (drawn on a tablet) are a magnet at conference booths, where often a long line of conference attendees wait to get their caricatures. A 32" TV screen displays the drawing as it comes to life, visible from far away. Companies that hire us as digital caricature artists can capture the email address of each person getting drawn and then email their drawing to them! Each person also gets a 4x6 inch color print of their caricature (we also offer badge holders and lanyards). We also offer an optional thumb drive leave-behind of all caricatures for the host.
Our traditional pen-and-ink caricatures provide a one-of-a-kind party favors at weddings, birthday parties, Bar Mitzvahs and more! Guests get a cute, fun 11x17 drawing of themselves doing their favorite activity (soccer! shopping! tanning on the beach!)
Both traditional pen-and-ink caricatures AND digital caricatures provide fun for all ages!
Mark “Gootz” Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa have been drawing – at live events and gift caricatures – for over 20 years. They met doing retail caricatures in their early 20's. With a solid foundation in cartooning and ability to achieve quick likenesses, they – and other members of their team – are often booked for events in the Washington DC area.
Originally from Southern California, Mark started drawing as a kid and could sit for hours sketching dinosaurs. Mark attended Mt. San Antonio College, concentrating in art. Later, he grew interested in caricatures and studied the work of MAD Magazine’s Jack Davis. Mark brings his out-going personality to events, and he is extremely adept at multi-person group caricatures
Laura spent her childhood in Japan, California and Texas. Like Mark, she started drawing as a kid, and some of her biggest inspirations include MAD’s Tom Richmond. She attended Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in illustration and graphic design and earned a Bachelors of Fine Art. Laura is energized by practicing her craft and strives to continue to evolve as an artist.
Additional Booking Notes
For digital caricatures, we request that the client provide each artist with a small table, 2 chairs and access to electricity. The artist brings a 32" TV screen, a small printer, tablet (Cintiq Companion, Microsoft Surface Pro or Apple iPad Pro) and an easel.
For traditional, pen-and-ink caricatures, we request that the client provide each artist with 2 chairs, a minimum of 4x4 foot space and access to electricity.
Upcoming Booked Events
|March 30, 2019 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party|
Past Booked Events
|June 22, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 17, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Festival|
|April 28, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 20, 2018 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm||Festival|
|September 30, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 22, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|December 02, 2016–December 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 12:00am||Digital caricatures in Baltimore|
|Mark "Gootz" Gutierrez||Artist / Owner|
|Laura Schoppa||Artist / Owner|
Influences & Inspiration
Jack Davis, Tom Richmond, Mort Drucker
Two normal-size, non-swivel chairs
Minimum space of 4x4 feet
Small table - not a high table (digital only)
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