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Soon after I was briefed to dress as a "hip bohemian Belgian east London caricature artist" (so it was back on with the Shoreditch garçon gear) for a TV ad where I was on top of a double-decker bus sketching a hyperactive Paul Gascoigne (Gazza) whilst ad-libbing predictions on World Cup football results (?!) in a 'Belgian' (French ha) accent.
You might know the TV show "Escape to the Château" - it's been on Channel 4 for years. I got hired to sketch at a lovely wedding held at the eponymous bijou castle of the genial Dick Strawbridge (below) and enchanting Angel Adorée in northwest France, and got the okay to kit myself out in my ensemble ouvrier chic (snappy french worker outfit).
Weddings & Anniversaries
Staff & Office Party Entertainment
Glitzy Awards Nights & Gala Dinners
Industry Conferences & Seminars
Themed/Fancy Dress Parties
Birthday Party Entertainment
Xmas & NYE Party Entertainment
Expo/Trade Show Entertainment
Public Events/Summer Fairs
House, Garden & Dinner Parties
Staff & Company Family Fun Days
You tell me!
Short notice? No problem
Avoid agency fees & snags
Walkabout or stall format
Your graphics expertly preprinted
Up to twenty sketches p/h
Have pens, paper, Thermos™...
...& space suit -
Ageing gracefully, but...
Flowers scare me
Small faces half price
Nose job too big or small
Freakishly unique masterpieces
From sublime to ridunculous
All that and pen some
More you than you!
Guests gets in on the act as the plucky subjects and spectators of/comical commentators on the emerging likenesses, and in no time flat they're holding souvenirs of the event that are unique to them in that moment - which can then be used as dartboards.
Staggeringly, over 23 years I've been hired to supply entertainment at thousands of weddings, corporate events and parties, many near me in central London, but also UK-wide & even abroad. "Have pens will travel" - I'm no stranger to county-to-county staggering.
Guests enjoy delivering their 'verdicts' on my party caricatures (I don't mind! *he says*), and politely congratulate each other when they've come out well - yet they also have fun affectionately ribbing one-another over each other's unique peculiarities - which miraculously somehow brings them that much closer together.
I provide 'walkabout entertainment' - mixing & mingling during drinks or winding my way around dining tables, however sometimes it works better to be stationary, with guests coming to sit for me in singles, couples and groups. I adapt, and any setting where I'm given the opportunity to do entertaining caricatures and foster a good atmosphere will do the trick.