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We are a group of caricature artists servicing Airdrie, Banff, Cochrane, Calgary, Strathmore and more. If we can drive there - we can draw there. We have been drawing live caricatures at festivals, digital caricatures at events and studio illustrations from photos in Calgary since 1991. You may have seen us drawing live caricature art at the Calgary Stampede, in Drumheller on Canada Day, or at one of the many weddings, holiday parties and graduations we have had the pleasure of attending. Live caricature art at events is a proven and solid form of entertainment.
As technology changes, so do we! Digital caricatures haven been gaining popularity over the past decade and we are proud to have offered digital caricatures in Calgary since 2010. Still hand drawn art with more versatility in use. Guests have printed their caricatures as framed art, on t-shirts, coffee cups and joyously used as social media avatars. Digital caricatures are best when paired with our custom predesigned templates with your logo, theme, design and marketing information.
Studio caricature illustrations make great gifts and are a joy for anyone to receive. Preferred by advertisers, magazines, film makers, animation studios and newspapers as well as screen and social media use. Simply send us your photos and imagination and let us draw a beautiful custom caricature that you can use or gift with pride.
Whatever your caricature needs, we've got you covered. Let us help you bring a smile to your next event or gathering today!
It has been said that for most people, the only piece of original art they own is a caricature. Custom studio caricature illustrations couldn't be a more personal, thoughtful gift, and so easy for you to order.
If you can think it, we can draw it. Simply send us a few high resolution photos of the person or people you wish us to draw. Include in your description any additional elements or design features you would like us to add and there you have it - your first success as an art director!
We draw the studio caricature illustration to your specification, send to you for proofing and approval and re-draw taking into consideration any changes you wish to see. We are not happy until you are fully satisfied with the results.
Studio caricature illustrations come in many forms and sizes and are perfect for graduation, birthday, retirement and anniversary gifts. They are well received by everyone. Our illustrations have been used for gifts, logos, holiday cards and even tattoos.
Contact us and we can get started on your studio caricature illustration from photos today!
Are you hosting a Wedding in Wainwright, Graduation in Grande Prairie or a Birthday in Banff? How about a Corporate event in Cochrane? We know we can help you make your event memorable.
We have been drawing live caricatures in Calgary since 1991 and continue to grow. Suitable for groups from 20 people to several thousand. No event is too big or too small to book a live caricature artists to provide entertainment to your guests.
It takes us about 5 minutes to draw a person - and the memory of your event will last a lifetime.
Ask us about our custom pre-designed templates. Added value and impact to any event. Book a Calgary Caricature artist today.
DIGITAL / VIRTUAL CARICATURES
Digital caricatures and virtual caricatures are drawn in a similar fashion. Both are hard drawn caricatures drawn on laptop or tablet and if live displayed on monitor or projected for all of your guests to enjoy the process. For a virtual event we share our screen so guests and attendees can watch the caricatures taking shape.
People are amazed at how accurate our digital caricatures can be in just a few minutes. Don't take our word for it - book a Calgary Digital Caricature artists today and see for yourself!
2020 has brought us some challenges as gatherings are difficult to commit to these days. We know how much work goes into planning an event!
Many events have gone online and are being hosted virtually via zoom, google classroom, Skype and other platforms. Having drawn digital caricatures at events in Calgary for the past decade, our transition to virtual caricatures has been easy. We can set up a group event where all guests are seeing the caricatures come to life or private time allocated sessions if you prefer. People have been loved virtual caricatures and they have been well received at graduations, birthday parties, employee appreciating and team building events. Not only is there no line ups to stand in, you don't even have to leave your house...pants optional.
Anyone who has lived in Calgary long enough knows pets here can mean a very different thing than anywhere else across Canada. Just look at all of the different pets you might see while visiting the Calgary Stampede. From dogs to cows, sheep to horses, animals are a way of life for us.
Pet caricatures have been gaining popularity over the past few years and we know why. Our pets bring us so much joy, love and warmth they quickly become valued members of our family.
Pet caricatures at events, festivals and fundraisers in Calgary are a great way to gather a crowd and spread the love. Pet caricatures can be drawn live at events and also from photos. Ask us how we can enhance your marketing efforts with custom pre-designed templates.
Are you looking for a special gift for an animal lover? We can draw your pets from photo including any additional element you want. Perhaps a show horse with it's ribbons, or the family dog. We have also drawn memorial pieces of pets from photo.
No animal is too big or too small. We love them and are thrilled to draw them all. We can send the caricature anywhere in the world!
ILLUSTRATION and ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES
We produce quality caricature and illustration work in various forms and media: Custom Studio Caricatures From Photos or Live Subject, Live Digital Caricatures at Parties, Trade Shows, Weddings and Corporate Functions, Drawing live caricatures at your events, functions, picnics, trade shows, corporate or private parties, Illustration work for publications or advertising, Digital and Vector Comical Imagery, Animated caricatures for presentations, web sites, ecards or desktop
Custom Studio Caricatures From Photos or Live Subject
We start from your photos and theme. A pencil draft is produced which you critique and comment on. Upon receiving your changes we redraw the image according to your feedback. You critique the new draft and approve or request new changes. We repeat these steps in two rounds of changes. Voila. Your first experience as an art director was a success!
Live Digital Caricatures at Parties, Trade Shows, Weddings and Corporate Functions
Digital caricature artists are great for trade show, conventions & corporate events and product promotions. We also draw live digital caricatures at weddings, birthday parties, reunions and many more kinds of personal or corporate gatherings. Everyone in all age groups enjoy digital caricatures. We draw them on the sport and send them to the guests electronically. We can also print the digital caricatures on the spot and give them to the clients in plastic sleeves. These make great avatars and social media posts.
Event Caricature Art
Other than being a solid form of entertainment for all age groups, the attendees take an original piece of art with them. Our live party caricatures are often framed and remain in offices and homes for years. Impress your guests by hiring us to draw them at your function, event or party. We draw live caricatures in all major cities and smaller towns across Canada. Hundreds of companies and organizations have hired us to draw live caricature sketches at their corporate functions, picnics or galas. Our traditional caricature clients have been using our services since 1991.
Custom Caricature Illustration, Cartooning
Caricatures are great to be used as gifts, avatars, mascots, or as logos for a businesses or as imagery for websites and apps. They make great corporate gifts or employee awards that impresses them in a personal way. Caricatures are attention grabbers and a unique and memorable style of gift-giving. We create the initial artwork for you and will customize it to be used for any medium and any environment. They can be designed as a mural, embroidered, ironed on, silk screened, carved or printed in many different ways. We come up with innovative ways to make it work for you. You can have the same image used on clothing, mouse pads, coffee cups, online and printed publications, bumper stickers etc.
Digital and Vector Imagery
We create digital vector caricature illustrations. These can be resized to any extend without getting jagged or pixelated. From business cards to hot air balloons, one file fits all
Animated Caricature Art
Adding motion to a caricatures literally brings it to life. Full color digital caricatures can be used on your web site, business cards or social media avatars. They can be created in GIF or SWF formats. SWF files can have sound as well. We have created animated education tools using caricatures for Nortel Networks, Delta Controls and several other companies. Electronic greeting tools can also be created this way. We match the electronic files with the printed and hand drawn art. Having the same fun-filled style of cartoon imagery on your company web site, holiday and greeting cards, party collateral corporate gifts, signage and t-shirts shows you are aware of the value of brand. We can do it all for you.
CARICATURE ARTISTS and ILLUSTRATORS in CALGARY
List of the Calgary Caricature Artists will be here soon
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LIVE TRADITIONAL OR DIGITAL CARICATURE DRAWINGS CAN BRING JOY TO ALL SORTS OF GATHERINGS INCLUDING:
COMMON QUESTIONS ON THE ART OF CARICATURE:
What does a caricature artist do?
A caricature artist produces a rendering of something or someone that is stylized in a humerous way. Humor differs from region to region and from country to country but caricatures are universally loved and understood by all people.
What are caricatures and how are they different from cartoons?
A caricature is a likeness that captures a person's physical traits and simultaneously exaggerates them for grotesque or humorous effect. A cartoon is a simplified form of drawing created for humorous or other effect.
What does caricature mean in English?
A drawing that makes someone look funny due to parts of the person's appearance being exaggerated.
Who created the art of caricature?
Honore Daumier is commonly known as the father of modern caricature. He was a highly influential social and political satirist in France.
What is the origin of cartoon?
The use of cartoon to mean a humorous drawing began in the 1800s. Cartoon began in Italian as the word for the material on which a drawing is made, then became the word for the drawing itself.
What is the difference between portrait and caricature?
A caricatue is exaggerated so the proportions do not match the real life
What sizes are caricature pictures?
When drawn on paper they can be anywhere from 4x6 to 11x17 inches. When drawn digitally there are no size restrictions. The same file could be used as a t-shirt design or printed on side of a vehicle.
How much does it cost to get a studio caricature done from photos or live person?
The price depends on number of people or level of detail. our caricature illustrations start from $150.
How much does it cost to hire a caricature artist for an event?
To have a professional caricature artist physically at your live event would cost between $100 - $175+ per
hour depending on the artist and location.
How long does a caricature take to draw?
A caricature drawn on the spot takes 2 to 12 minutes depending on level of detail and weather colours are used or not
What do caricature artists use to draw?
With traditional caricature art we use graphite, lead pencils, markers and in some cases brushes. We use pencil crayons for colouring at events. Digital cariatures are drawn on tablet systems using drawing and paiting programs. It is a personal choice. The results will have their distinct looks depending n the media or style used.
What makes a good caricature?
Caricature artists incorporate a good likeness of the subject. Exaggeration of the subject's features is the main characteristic of caricature art. A good caricature say something more about the person than a plain photograh.
How do you start a caricature?
Different artists work differently. Some start with general structure. Some start with one area of the face, develop it and then move on to the next part. What is important is a goo piece of art at the end. How you got there is irrelevant.
Do you tip caricature artist?
Tipping a caricature artist is optional and not mandatory. If you think the work is great it is a sign of gratitude. A caricature artist at an event is usually paid by the host already.
What does political caricature mean?
Political cartoon is a drawing made for the purpose of conveying editorial commentary on politics, politicians, and current events. Such cartoons play a role in the political discourse of a society that provides for freedom of speech and of the press.