Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you exaggerate people’s features?
A: Our style is more in line with turning people into a cartoon. Altho once in a while, we encounter a face that must be exaggerated a bit!
Q: Will you draw everyone at the event?
A: Caricatures are also a form of entertainment, so we don’t need to draw everyone to entertain. Usually, only about 50% of guests want to be drawn and everyone else gets to watch and enjoy.
Q: How long does each drawing take at an event?
A: Each person drawn in a classic, B&W party caricature with a theme (little body and some background) takes 5-7 minutes. These are our most popular. We also offer “quick portrait” caricatures which are just heads-and-shoulders. These are about 3-4 minutes. Our digital color caricatures drawn on the tablet take a bit longer: about 8-9 minutes each.
Q: How do I book you for an event?
A: Contact us to find out if we’re available for a date. If available, we’ll email you a booking agreement. Your approval of the agreement and a minimum 50% deposit will reserve the booking.
Q: Do you do this for a living?
A: Yes, both Mark and Laura have been drawing professionally for over 20 years. Mark also does murals and illustration. Laura is also a freelance web designer.
Q: Do you entertain children?
A: Yes, we draw at children’s events, altho we don’t recommend it if MOST of the kids are under 3. The younger ones tend not to enjoy sitting still, and the only ones who get something out of it are the parents.
Q: Do you have to go to school to learn caricatures?
A: Both Mark and Laura have art training at the college level, but mostly learned caricatures “on-the-job” through working with other more experienced artists. Through time, they’ve practiced and still continue to refine their craft.
Q: Have you ever drawn anyone famous in person?
A: Yes, Mark has drawn Muhammad Ali and Joan Rivers (among others) in person, and Laura had the pleasure to draw Julian Bond at a backyard party. Both have drawn many members of congress as they live near DC.
Q: Do you work outside?
A: Yes, definitely…as long as there is shade and we’re protected from the elements!
Q: Can you draw from photos?
A: Yes, absolutely, tho we’ve found that drawing from live models is the best way to get a likeness. Learn more about our Gift Caricatures.
Q: What is your cancellation policy for caricatures at events?
A: Deposits are refundable up to 30 business days prior to the event. For cancellations and/or postponements after we receive a signed booking agreement and up to 16 days prior to event, we will refund 50%. For cancellations and/or postponements within 15 days of the event, we require full payment.
Q: Do you draw digitally on tablets?
A: Yes, we draw on a Microsoft Surface as well as the Wacom Cintiq Companion. Learn more about our Live Digital Caricatures.
Q: What is your hourly rate?
A: For traditional / paper caricatures, our rate is between $120-$150 per hour depending on the location and date. For digital caricatures, our minimum hourly rate is $190. Contact us for a price quote.
Q: Can you provide multiple artists?
A: Yes, besides Mark and Laura, we have several local artists who we work with regularly.
Q: Where are you based and do you travel?
A: We are based in Alexandria, Virginia which is 10 minutes away from Washington DC. We draw at events all over the DC metro area. We are happy to travel further away for additional travel fees.
Q: Do you draw couples or groups?
A: Yes, we very often draw couples. For groups of 5+ we request you let us know in advance as we may bring larger paper. Note that each person takes about 5-7 minutes to draw.
Q: Can you provide customized backgrounds with logos and text on the paper?
A: Yes, we offer pre-printed paper with artwork supplied by the client, as well as custom drawn backgrounds. Contact us about pre-printed paper options and pricing.
Q: Do you have a minimum booking time for an event?
A: Yes, we have a minimum 2-hour booking for traditional / paper caricatures and 3 hours for digital caricatures.
Q: Do you prefer drawing on paper or digitally?
A: Both have their pluses! Obviously pen and paper are simple and travel easily. Digital caricatures have so much potential for color and the fact that they’re downloadable is huge!
Q: Do you draw other types of art?
A: Yes, Mark draws murals as well as chalk art. Laura is also a web site designer (and even does some coding).
Q: What do you need a client to provide for a caricature artist at an event?
A: For traditional caricatures, please provide a space of at least 4×4 feet, 2 chairs and access to electricity (if indoors) or shade (if outdoors). For digital caricatures, please provide the same space, chairs and electricity as well as a small table.