Mark Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa draw caricatures

About Us

Mark “Gootz” Gutierrez and Laura Schoppa have been drawing caricatures – at live events, retail settings, and from photos – for over 20 years. 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. SketchfacesDC is based in Alexandria, Virginia.

If you are looking for:

  1. An artist (or multiple artists) to draw caricatures for events in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland, or neighboring regions, including live digital caricatures
  2. An artist to draw a gift caricature from a photo

SketchfacesDC has you covered!

Visit our blog, Instagram feed or Facebook page to check out recent work!

To learn more, contact us.


“Thank you so much for sending Dan our way for the Tivoli Family Fun Day event. Everyone was well pleased with his work. Once the first portrait was done, neighbors lined up to have their likeness created. It was a definite “draw” to our event (pun intended). Don’t be surprised if you receive other requests from neighboring Silver Spring communities in the future. Thank you again for delivering A+ service to our families.”

~ Karen L. (Residents Event, 2021)


“Just wanted to say thank you to you and Fred for all the help with this event! The caricatures were the biggest highlight at the reception so thanks for being so accommodating and showing us a great time.I’ll be sure to stay in touch for future events cause our folks absolutely loved them!”

~ Julie N., Hitachi Vantara Federal (Digital caricatures at corporate event – 2019)


“Thank you so much! Mark and Karen did an amazing job and the kids/parents loved their work! We will definitely reach out again for our next event:)”

~ Ruby L., Capital One (Take Your Child to Work Day – 2019)


“Thank you so much for your services! You did an amazing job and everyone loved their drawings.”

~ Isha T., Bowie State University (Health Fair – 2018)


More Testimonials »

Mark Gutierrez drawing caricatures at a Bar Mitzvah in Reston, Northern Virginia

Mark “Gootz” Gutierrez

Mark has been drawing as a professional illustrator and caricature artist for over 20 years. Originally from Southern California, he 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 (he drew this site’s background image!)

Mark’s sample classic caricatures »
Mark’s sample digital caricatures »


Laura Schoppa

Laura says: “I don’t exaggerate as much as I ‘cartoonify’ my subjects!” Laura has been drawing caricatures for over 20 years. Laura spent her childhood in Japan, California and Texas. Like Mark, she started drawing as a kid, and one of her biggest inspirations is 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.

Laura’s sample classic caricatures »
Laura’s sample digital caricatures »